Porsche’s Carrera Cup Is the Wheel-Bangin’, Tight-Racing We All Need

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Edge-of-your-seat racing is loved by all, and the Carrera Cup series is great from start to finish.

Fans of motorsport are spoiled for choice when it comes to a favorite series these days. There’s a flavor out there for everyone, but our current muse is the Porsche Carrera Cup. Video from the Donington Park race track double-header shows exactly why.

Anyone can tell you that standing starts are a fantastic way to kick off a race, and the Carrera Cup does just that, but with a twist. Parts of the grid are reversed, placing faster qualifiers more toward the middle of the pack. With only 40 minutes to race, passing, dive-bomb braking maneuvers are part of the show. There’s no tire or fuel strategy either. Drive as fast as you can.

Porsche Carrera Cup

As a result, packs often run in tight groups, with a half-dozen cars (or more) all fighting for the same piece of track throughout a corner and down each straight. Skilled drivers can take a risk and make it work, but when it doesn’t, “that’s just racing.”

Veteran drivers make up the field, but they share the track with new-comers who have something to prove. Am, Pro-Am and Pro classes separate the levels of experience. With a healthy number of entries per race (sometimes over 30), there’s always a battle going on somewhere on track.

As the name suggests, Carrera Cup GB typically operates out of Great Britain, with all but two races of the 16 race 2018 season being held in Great Britain. That particular double-header happens to be at the Monza Circuit in Italy, and is the next round of races in the series.

If the racing so far this year has proven anything, then we’re sure to be treated to a great race at the challenging, high-speed icon known as Monza.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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