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PORSCHE CARRERA CUP ADDS ENDURANCE CUP

Porsche Carrera Cup Launches Endurance Cup - Photo: Supplied

Porsche Carrera Cup Launches Endurance Cup – Photo: Supplied

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will run it’s own Endurance Cup alongside the Supercars Pirtek Enduro Cup.

The inaugural 2017 Endurance Cup will commence at the next round of the at Sandown Raceway next weekend and continue at the two remaining Porsche Carrera Cup rounds at Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

Sandown will feature two 14 laps sprint races on Saturday ahead of the 25 lap/77km endurance style third race on Sunday.

Carrera Cup races have been traditionally 25-30 minutes in length. The Endurance Cup races at each of the final three events will be 40-45 minutes in length, giving drivers within the championship additional race time across three of the most popular motor racing events in the country.

The new title will see the highest point scorer from the three Endurance Cup races in both Outright and TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge being awarded the Endurance Cup at the end of the season awards night.

Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast will make up Porsche's Endurance Cup - Photo: Supplied

Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast will make up Porsche’s Endurance Cup – Photo: Supplied

Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager Troy Bundy believes introducing the new endurance format will not only provide more race time, but also create new challenges for those on track.

“The start of the Endurance Cup has been greatly anticipated since its announcement before the start of the season. It’s tremendous to be able to extend our overall race time at some of the most popular events on the racing calendar at three remarkably different race circuits,” said Bundy.

“We hold a similar mini-series, the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy, in our GT3 Cup Challenge series, which has proven extremely popular since its 2011 introduction, so replicating this format for Carrera Cup was an easy decision.

“The longer Endurance Cup races are a true test of fitness for our drivers, especially at a circuit like Surfers Paradise, but also adds the challenge of tyre management. We are always looking for new ways to improve our product and I believe this is a great addition to the series entering the final stages of the season.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Endurance Cup will kick off at Sandown - Photo: Supplied

Porsche Carrera Cup Endurance Cup will kick off at Sandown – Photo: Supplied

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