It has already been more than three decades since the first Porsche One-Make-Series was held with a 911. Today, the Porsche Carrera Cup is the epitome of One-Make-Series worldwide. That's why it's all the sweeter that the Carrera Cup family has grown: in the wake of the 12h of Sebring, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America has entered its first season. In attendance: 32 brand-new, latest-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup models. The drivers piloted the race cars around the 17 bends of the 6.02-kilometre race track in central Florida in three different performance classes.
A weekend of firsts. The Porsche Carrera Cup North America has begun.
Twice the amount of Cup action on the former airfield.
As in every Carrera Cup, the drivers complete two races per event. The starting signal was given for the first of the two 45-minute races at 5:30 p.m. (local time) on Thursday evening. Drawing on all their experience and the support from the Kelly-Moss Road and Race team, Sebastian Priaulx (UK) and Kay van Berlo (the Netherlands) clinched a double victory for the team. In third place, Leh Keen from Dublin, Georgia, immortalised himself in the Porsche Carrera Cup history books. After the fastest laps in both free practice and qualifying, Sebastian Priaulx's victory marked the perfect start to the season. This outstanding performance also meant pole position for the Brit in the second race on Friday morning at 10:10 a.m. (local time).
Talent wins the day.
After another 45 minutes on a sometimes very bumpy race track in the USA's Sunshine State, it was Sebastian Priaulx's teammate Kay van Berlo who relegated him to second place this time. Nevertheless, another double victory in the second race for the team. Riley Dickinson from Texas took third place. The remarkable thing is that all three drivers on the podium are part of the Porsche Junior Programme in North America. So, after the first race weekend, the success in promoting young talent speaks for itself.
An exciting season ahead of us.
After a thrilling start in Sebring, we can now look forward to a total of 14 races on seven different race tracks. The teams now have just under two months to process the lessons learned from the first two races and prepare for the upcoming challenges.