Ten teams field 32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars
Eight talented youngsters put to the test in the Porsche Talent Pool
Attractive calendar with the “Festival of Dreams” highlight in Hockenheim
From 27 to 29 April, the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland heads into the new season at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, with a capacity grid and a talented driver line-up. “This year’s grid includes 32 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars fielded by ten teams. These are the ideal prerequisites for a gripping championship and I can’t wait for the season opener with a huge contingent of Porsche racing cars,” says Alexander Pollich, CEO of Porsche Deutschland GmbH.
Allied-Racing campaigns three vehicles, one of which will be driven by the current Porsche Junior Bastian Buus (Denmark). The squad is joined on the grid by CarTech Motorsport Bonk, Fach Auto Tech, GP Elite, HP Racing International with Huber and HRT Performance. Fielding seven racing vehicles, Huber Racing sets a record. ID Racing and Scherer Sport PHX also return to the championship. Proton Competition is another top team to tackle the German one-make cup. For many years, the squad from Ummendorf in Baden-Württemberg has been competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC.
Working with young hopefuls has been one of the most important pillars of Porsche’s international junior initiative. Many well-known drivers benefited from their time as Porsche Juniors to become successful racing drivers and achieve international fame. Talented youngsters get the chance to take their first step up the career ladder into professional racing as part of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool. Here, up-and-coming youngsters receive support in the areas of fitness, nutrition and media as well as professional mentoring from the former Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler. In 2023, eight drivers from four different countries get the chance to make their mark. This year’s Talent Pool includes Vincent Andronaco (Germany) Alexander Fach (Switzerland), Horst Felix Felbermayr (Austria), Jasin Ferati (Switzerland), Lorenzo Ferrari (Italy), Theo Oeverhaus (Germany), Janne Stiak (Germany) and Alexander Tauscher (Germany).
For Stiak, the race in the Ardennes holds a special meaning: not only will it be his maiden event there but he also sets a new record as the youngest driver to race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. At 16 years and 49 days, he replaces the Dutchman Morris Schuring, who was just 20 days older when he first competed.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland calendar consists of racetracks in four European countries. The opening round will be held as part of the FIA WEC support programme at Spa-Francorchamps followed by one of the season highlights, the “Festival of Dreams” at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. At this year’s event, the 75th anniversary of Porsche sports cars will be celebrated with Porsche fans congregating from far and wide. In addition to the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and the ADAC GT Masters also adds to the excitement. Alongside the extensive motorsport extravaganza, as well as exhibitions, taxi rides and an adventure playground for children, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans will be broadcast live in the paddock, creating a special atmosphere for visitors.
The other six events on the one-make cup calendar are contested as part of the DTM. The first half of the season wraps up at the coastal circuit in Zandvoort (Netherlands). The second half of the championship begins at the Lausitzring followed by races at the Sachsenring and the Red Bull Ring, the Formula 1 circuit in Austria. Hockenheim hosts the finale in October.
2023 race calendar Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
27.04-29.04.2023, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (FIA WEC), races 1+2
10.06-11.06.2023, Hockenheimring (Festival of Dreams), races 3+4
23.06-25.06.2023, Circuit Zandvoort (DTM), races 5+6
04.08-06.08.2023, Nürburgring (DTM), races 7+8
18.08-20.08.2023, Lausitzring (DTM), races 9+10
08.09-10.09.2023, Sachsenring (DTM), races 11+12
22.09-24.09.2023, Red Bull Ring (DTM), races 13+14
20.10-22.10.2023, Hockenheimring (DTM), races 15+16