Porsche reveal raft of changes for 2018 Carrera Cup GB season

14 Nov 17

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB will have a new a revised look in 2018 following a host of regulation changes being announced.

In what was another stellar year for the one-make, tin top championship on the TOCA support package, the Carrera Cup GB is set to scale new heights next year as it bids to continue going from strength to strength.

One of the big changes for 2018 will be introduction of a new car, as the ‘Type 991’ 911 GT3 Cup makes way for a new four litre, flat six engine which creates 485bhp.

The new car will also feature tweaks to the aerodynamics, all in a bid to reduce costs while enhancing the safety of the driver.

A new Porsche GB Junior for 2018/19 has been selected also, with former Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior race winner Daniel Harper beating stiff competition to win the coveted prize.

With a majority of Porsche’s current factory drivers having made their way through the Junior process, the future looks bright for Harper as he bids to follow in the footsteps of fellow Northern Irishman and newly crowned champion Charlie Eastwood.

Reverse grids are to be introduced for the first time in the series’ history in 2018 too, albeit only for the Pro class in race two. Grids will now be determined by randomly selecting a number between four and six to decide whether the first four, five or six drivers will be reversed. The rest of the grid will line up in their finishing positions from race one.

Along with reverse grids comes a new point’s structure for the championship, implemented across all three categories which have been renamed ‘Pro’, ‘Pro-Am’ and ‘Am’.

Race one in the Pro class will see points awarded to the top eight with the winner receiving 12 points, second 10 points and so on, 6-5-4-3-2-1.

In Pro-Am and Am, as well as race two for the Pro class, points are reduced with the winner scoring ten points, second eight and so on again, 6-5-4-3-2-1.

Following on from the success of Le Mans this year, the championship will once again head overseas to race alongside the European Le Mans Series, this time in Italy at the temple of speed known as Monza. The rest of the 16-round calendar will be played out on British shores at selected rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship package.

Finally, there are also changes to the Porsche-supported test during the season which will bring the total number of tests to five. The tests will take place at Silverstone National (for Media Day), Donington Park, Snetterton, Knockhill and Silverstone National

More information on the 2018 regulations and the championship can be found here.