Thursday, 5 April 2012

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge gets underway

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The 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB kicks off at Snetterton over the Easter Weekend (7/8 April) with two 25-minute races on the 200 circuit at the East Anglian venue.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is managed by Porsche Cars GB alongside the Carrera Cup GB and is set to grow as the season develops, with steadily building competitor interest. The series has recently received a further boost with the granting of championship status for the six-event, 12-race season. The GT3 Cup Challenge is for the earlier cars from 2009 or before, including the 996-model cars from up to 2006.

Lining up for a race each day will be pre-season pacesetter James Birch, who previously ran strongly in the Formula Renault BARC Championship. The 22-year old racer from Amersham set the pace during the recent pre-season test day at Silverstone and his IN2 Racing entry should be right at the head of the action at Snetterton.

Fresh from the opening races in the Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch, Team Parker Racing will field up to three cars at Snetterton including those of Steven Liquorish and Neil Houston. Silverstone-based Scotsman Houston will make his Porsche racing debut after previously campaigning Ginettas, while Liquorish already has a year’s experience under his belt in these cars.

Another team running in both the Carrera Cup GB and the GT3 Cup Challenge is Parr Motorsport and they will be supporting Peter Smallwood as he starts his third season of racing with his 997-model 911 GT3 Cup. Also racing in Class 1 for the 997-model cars is John Ferguson in one of the cars entered by Dublin-based Ask Racing.

The Irish squad, headed by Alan Kessie, is also represented in Class 2 for the earlier 996-model cars with an entry for Co Wicklow racer Tom Hallissey. His rivals will include Mark Cowne in the car tended by Silverstone-based Fearn Sport.