The Porsche Carrera Cup GB is set to continue evolving in 2019 after unveiling a raft of refinements to the changes implemented for this year.
Currently in the midst of an enthralling season, the 2018 campaign saw the introduction of the most significant changes to the championship since it began in 2003.
Leading those changes was the introduction of reverse grids, and that procedure will remain for next year. A driver’s fastest qualifying time will determine the starting grid for the opening race of the weekend before race two will be determine by the finishing order of that first race.
However, any driver that fails to complete race one in 2019 will now start race two behind the last race finisher of their category. All other classified finishes will be allocated starting positions in accordance with their finishing position in race one.
The winner of the first race will continue to select a number at random between four and six to denote how many cars will be reversed.
Championship points will remain across all categories with two additional points distributed to the driver in the Pro category that sets the fastest lap in qualifying. Those drivers in the remaining classes will be awarded an additional point if they walk aways with the fastest lap in each race.
Prize money throughout the one-make series will remain as it is however the provisional calendar for 2019 will once again encompass an international flavour. Continuing on the TOCA support package, the Carrera Cup GB will travel the length and breadth of the UK whilst also competing at either Spa Francorchamps or Monza.
Provisional 2019 Calendar
Brands Hatch Indy – April 6/7
Spa or Monza – TBC
Croft – June 15/16
Oulton Park – June 29/30
Snetterton – August 3/4
Knockhill – September 14/15
Silverstone – September 28/29
Brands Hatch GP – October 12/13
Capping off the list of changes that the Carrera Cup GB has implemented is to continue working hard with the relevant governing bodies and organisers to ensure that participants in the championship are able to compete in a safe and controlled environment.
These changes have often gone above and beyond what is required, most recently facilitating award-winning research into concussion in motorsport, research that would go on to win the FIA’s 2018 Watkins Scholarship.
For 2019, the championship will introduce a Porsche e-learning tool, developed through the Porsche one-make series network to improve and test competitors knowledge of the sporting regulations.
All drivers and team managers will be required to pass an online test prior to the start of the season, the aim of which is to ensure all competitors full understand on-track procedures. At each round drivers will be selected at random following the briefing to complete another short online test.
In addition, five drivers will be selected at random on the morning of each championship week dot take part in a breathalyser test where a zero-tolerance rule will be in effect.