Porsche Sports Cup China began its third season on 22-23 May at the Zhuhai International Circuit, where over 120 customers joined the motorsport carnival. The event was also the first time the Porsche Sports Cup China ran alongside the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
As the perfect experience for Porsche enthusiasts in China, combining road car activities with racing programmes to accommodate for drivers of all skill levels, Porsche Sports Cup China debuted in 2019. Last year 450 cars were entered into the Shanghai finale with 4.3 million people watching live.
Held alongside Porsche Carrera Cup Asia for four meetings, the series boasts an expanded reach in 2021 with events in Zhuzhou, Ningbo and Tianjin, culminating in Shanghai alongside the Porsche Sportscar Together Day in a season where Porsche celebrates 20 years in the Chinese Mainland.
Adhering to its role as the next step on the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, many drivers experienced the exhilaration of being on a circuit for the first time. The Introduction to Race Track has been enhanced for 2021 by coinciding with the Porsche Track Experience, offering an exclusive programme to learn new driving skills under the guidance of a Porsche instructor. Meanwhile, more experienced two-door sports car owners pushed their limits against the clock in the Time Trial and 95 Porsche cars were led around the circuit in the colourful Porsche Parade.
Open to all Porsche race car models, the Porsche Sprint Challenge China returned with Kris Wu taking the GT3 win for his 20XX Racing team. Shanghai Pudong & Waigaoqiao 69 Racing team-mates Ke Yang and Lawrence Liu shared the GTC honours while Jia Li dominated the GT4 class with victory in both races for SilverRocket Racing. Absolute Racing’s Qiu Liang made his Sports Cup China debut while David Szu returned for a third consecutive season.
After debuting the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) at the Shanghai opener two weeks ago, 18 cars entered the second meeting of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Cui Yue took the championship lead for Porsche Holding after securing both victories, fending off high pressure from Leo Ye in Race 2. Bian Ye took the Pro-Am points lead with victory in Race 1, but defending class champion Bao Jinlong continued to chip away at his advantage with the Race 2 win. Eric Kwong was untouchable in the new-for-2021 Am category, taking pole position, both wins and two fastest laps to extend his advantage to 33 points.
Daniel Schmollinger, Vice President Marketing of Porsche China: “Motorsport is an integral part of Porsche and of our commitment to foster sports car culture, and the Porsche Sports Cup China represents a crucial step on the Porsche Pyramid. It brings people to a live race track for the first time and can set them up for whichever direction they may want to go in next with their racing career, including the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. We have enjoyed a strong start to this year, where we are also celebrating 20 years of Porsche China, and we cannot wait to see the series in three new venues this season.”
Alexandre Gibot, Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific: “What a great start to the year for Porsche Sports Cup China. Since its incarnation in 2019, the series has been growing in popularity and now we are very excited that it will be running alongside the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. We are also pleased to be hosting multiple events in 2021 across the north, east and south of China. It’s a further testament to the development of motorsport in the region and the role Porsche is playing in it, and there is no better time to acknowledge this than during the 20 Years of Porsche in Chinese Mainland celebrations. We’re really looking forward to seeing more of our customers on the track as the season progresses.”
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