The new, 510 hp strong generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, a calendar with six high-profile events at top-level circuits and a field of at least 20 cars: the upcoming season will be the best to date in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux. As a result, expectations are high.
Following an intense development and test stage by the specialists from Porsche Motorsport at Weissach in Germany, the new generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, based on the current 992 mode range, will be making its long expected debut at the international circuits this season. In the process, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux has been chosen as one of the competitions in which the new race car will already be in use this year, next to the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cups in France, Germany, Asia and, new for this year, the United States. With an output of 510 hp, the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most powerful Porsche Cup car in history. As a result, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, already the fastest one-make series in the region anyway, will become even faster. The course has been set for the future as well, because the use of synthetic fuels has already been taken into account during the development of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
A calendar with top-level events in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria
The organisation of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux has succeeded in putting together a calendar with six top-level events, all of them at current or former MotoGP and Formula 1 circuits. The season gets underway at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian Ardennes, supporting the FIA World Endurance Championship. In mid-May, the Porsche Carrera Cup will be racing at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in Austria for the first time as part of the support package of the European Le Mans Series. The first half of the season will be concluded during the ADAC GT Masters weekend at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort in The Netherlands in July. The three events forming the second half of the season will all see the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux featuring on the support package of the DTM: at Circuit Zolder in Belgium in early August, at TT-Circuit Assen in The Netherlands in mid-September and during the season finale at Germany’s Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg in early October. There will be two races during every race meeting.
Top class in the Benelux as the next step on the Porsche Motorsport pyramid
“Of course, we are very honoured with the acknowledgement from Porsche Motorsport, having been allowed to run the new 992 generation as one of the first series this year already,” Olivier Aerts, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux series’ manager, says. “The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux is the top class in the Benelux and it is our explicit aim to strengthen the position of the class even further. Here, young talents get the chance to make the next step on the Porsche Motorsport pyramid while ambitious amateurs find a class in which they can race at a high level. Moreover, we are really pleased with the calendar for the upcoming season in which we are able to race on the support package of very highly-rated championships during events of the FIA WEC, ELMS, ADAC GT Masters and the DTM.”
Two pre-season test days, details of the junior programme to be announced soon
Prior to the season, teams and drivers will get two occasions to prepare at the race track. The so-called ‘roll out’, the initial test of the new competition cars, will be held at CM.com Circuit Zandvoort on 30 March. On this day at Zandvoort, teams from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will also get the chance to run their new cars on track for the first time. On 16 April, there is a test day for the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Details about the junior programme to support young talents in the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux will be announced at the end of January. Previous series’ champions Ayhancan Güven (2018), Max van Splunteren (2019) and Loek Hartog (2020) have all made the next step to Porsche competition at an international level, once again underlining the status of the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux as a highly-rated feeder series.
Calendar 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux
30 March roll out CM.com Circuit Zandvoort (NL)
16 April test day Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (B)
29 April-1 May races 1+2 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (B)
14-16 May races 3+4 Red Bull Ring (A)
European Le Mans Series
9-11 July races 5+6 CM.com Circuit Zandvoort (NL)
ADAC GT Masters
6-8 August races 7+8 Circuit Zolder (B) DTM
17-19 September races 9+10 TT-Circuit Assen (NL)
1-3 October races 11+12 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (D)