PORSCHE PULLS PLUG - British GT Championship.British GT Championship. Porsche will no longer run a works-supported car in the Privelige Insurance British GT Championship. The German marque, through porsche GB, supported two cars in the GTO section of the Championship this season for title winners Kelvin Burt and Marino Franchitti, and a sister car of Matt Turner and Ed Horner. A spokesman for the marque said "We are not planning to support an official team in next years' British GT Championship. We will continue to be involved in national motorsport in the UK in the 2002 season. The exact nature of this involvement should be identified in the next couple of months".

Sources say Porsche is planning to support a one-make series for Porsche Supercup cars in Britain similar to the Carrera Cup which syccessfully runs in Germany and France.


PORSCHE CUP RACERS JOIN THE TOCA PARTY - The Michelin Porsche Cup has been confirmed as one of the principal support series for the TOCA Tour package in 2002 and 2003, as high-profile backing for the British Touring Car Championship.

The move follows a very successful season in association with the PowerTour in 2001, where it has provided entertaining 30-car grids throughout the year. Considerable growth in the Championship has been related to changes made to the class structure and eligibility requirements as revealed at the start of 2001. These revisions have permitted the latest generation Porsche 913GT3 cars into the championship for the first time and ten such cars have added a new level of competition to the series, with a further 15 cars already anticipated for 2002.

BMP Chairman Robert Fearnell said "BMP is delighted to welcome the Michelin Porsche Cup to its premier series. The Cup is a prestigious package both on and off the track."

Championship manager John Farren of the Porsche Club Great Britain Motorsport Division said "I am certain that this agreement is in the best interest of the championship and most importantly, its competitors. This multi-year deal will keep the Porsche Cup at the forefront of British Motorsport".

The break with PowerTour for the Porsche Cup will not be total. As already confirmed by BMP, three rounds of the TOCA Tour will combine with the British GT/F3 meetings in 2002. IT is recognised that a number of teams may wish to continue their participation in both these series, and the schedule for the remaining seven rounds has been arranged to ensure that there are no date clashes in the proposed 2002 calendar.

PRESS RELEASE - Saturday 10th March, 2001

Double header programme for Michelin Porsche Cup:
The Michelin Porsche Cup will feature no less than 23 races this season, with double-header rounds at all but three of the 13-event PowerTour schedule. After a 15-minute sprint race on the afternoon of qualifying day, the feature race will run over 20 minutes in the early afternoon of the PowerTour Feature Raceday.

The only exceptions will be when timetables are amended to suit local conditions at Oulton Park and Croft in May and also for the Silverstone night race finale. At these events, the Porsche Cup racers will have a single feature race, with the September race at Silverstone marking the first night race in the history the championship.

"Our competitors enjoy the double-header format which has always been an important part of the Porsche Cup schedule. I am delighted that we have been able to continue and even extend this arrangement within PowerTour," says championship manager John Farren.

More new names for the Michelin Porsche Cup Former Classic Touring Car and Marcos Mantis racer Ian Croft is the latest driver to sign-up for the Michelin Porsche Cup. The Huntingdon-based racer will drive the ex-Andrew Delahunty 968CS in class three of the championship. New to class two will be 2000 class champion Paul Martin, who is stepping up with a self-built 944 Turbo. He previously won his class in a normally-aspirated 944, but is now joining drivers like Chris Heeley and David Ellis in a turbo version of the front-engined car.

PRESS RELEASE - Friday 2nd March, 2001

Supercup cars take to the track:
Five of the new Porsche GT3 Supercup cars destined for the Michelin Porsche Cup underwent shakedown tests at Silverstone yesterday (Thursday 1st March).

Team Eurotech, Parr Motorsport, Team BCR and Jaz Motorsport all ran new cars in dry but cold conditions on the international circuit in preparation for the opening race of the season on March 31st/April 1st. The cars are part of a production run of Supercup cars made available for the British-based Porsche Cup and will be amongst a dozen examples expected on the grid when the season starts.

Peter Chambers and Adrian Slater will race the Team Eurotech cars, while former ladies rally champion Barbara Armstrong will represent Porsche Cars GB in the car tended by Parr Motorsport. Former Porsche Classic champion Craig Rapp will race his new car under the Jaz Motorsport banner, while Team BCR will shortly confirm the driver for its car. "It's a different story! The power is unbelievable," said Rapp after his first run in the GT3 Supercup.

Soon to start testing are further cars for Nigel Rice and Mike Salmon (Redline Racing), while Stephen Elliott and Basil Demeroutis will also field cars they raced in other events last season. Former Porsche Classic champion Robi Bernberg will race his 993-model Supercup car and two further new model 996 Supercup cars will complete the superb class one line up in the Michelin Porsche Cup.

PRESS RELEASE - Thursday 16th November, 2000


The privateer team to run the 2001 Motorsport Programme for Porsche Cars Great Britain is Parr Motorsport. Based at Godstone in Surrey, Parr Motorsport will run the GT3 Cup car in the Porsche Cup Championship as well as the two Porsche GT3 RS cars in the British GT Championship.

Parr have considerable Porsche racing experience; in recent years they have been regular supporters of both the Porsche Cup and the Porsche Classic championships running cars and achieving success in both. Their experience also extends to the international circuits including Le Mans where in 1996 Parr had a podium finish with a 2nd place in the GT2 category,

The driver who will contest the Porsche Cup Championship next season is the 1998 and 1999 British Ladies Rally Champion, Barbara Armstrong.

Barbara, who comes from Dumfries in Scotland, began her rallying career in 1989 and achieved immediate success winning her first rally scholarship in the same year. Dedication and determination lead her to greater successes and within six years she had been recognised by the factory SEAT making her debut as a works driver at the Lurgan Park Rally in 1996. A year later she became Vice Champion in the British Ladies Rally Championship, a title that she conquered the following year and retained into 1999. But circuit racing will be a new challenge for Barbara, as well as beginning races as part of a large start grid. She will take the wheel of a new Porsche GT3 Cup car in the Porsche Cup Championship.

Barbara is the third driver to be named as part of Porsche Cars Great Britain’s motorsport programme in 2001. Marino Franchitti and Richard Lyons have already been named as the two drivers who will contest the British GT Championship in the inaugural Porsche Junior GT Programme.

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