Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Confirms Sébastien Loeb for Macau Grand Prix Invitational


Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Confirms Sébastien Loeb for Macau Grand Prix Invitational

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Porsche China has announced 9-time FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will make his debut with the series at the end-of-season invitational at the Macau Grand Prix. The Frenchman, who is the most successful driver ever in World Rally Championship history, will take to the fabled Macau Guia street circuit in November amongst an international field of some of the best sportscar drivers from across the region and beyond, all racing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Commented Mr. Oliver Schwab, Motorsport Manager of Porsche China: “We are delighted to confirm Sébastien Loeb will make his Porsche Carrera Cup Asia debut with us at the Macau Grand Prix this year, and his participation is testament to the high regard in which the series is held not only in the region, but across the world.  We are certain that all our exceptional drivers are excited by the prospect of racing wheel-to-wheel with this legendary star on one of the most challenging race tracks in the world.”

The announcement of Loeb’s participation adds to the fevered anticipation building ahead of the Macau race, which sees the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia return to the Guia Circuit as part of the celebration of the 60th running of the Grand Prix.  In the year when Porsche is marking 50 years of the iconic 911, the Asian edition of its hugely successful Carrera Cup is set to close the season in spectacular fashion.

Porsche Supercup 2013 Test Sébastien Loeb

For the first time in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia’s ten-season history, drivers from its sister series in Japan will join the field.  Four Porsche Carrera Cup Japan drivers will line up on the Guia Circuit grid as part of a historic and unique field of exciting sportscar stars.  Ryo Ogawa of Bright Motorsport, Garmin Porsche driver Hideto Yasuoka, Hiroaki Nagai of Ninne Racing, and Tsubasa Kondo of Improve Racing are amongst the stellar cast who will tackle Macau’s tight turns and lightning straits.

Loeb may be new to Macau’s unforgiving 6.2km Guia street track, but he does have experience of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup both as a driver and a team boss in the Porsche Carrera Cup France, and on a city circuit.  In 2012, he won the two Porsche Carrera Cup France rounds held around the streets of Pau. Earlier this year, Loeb made his debut at the pinnacle of Porsche one-make racing – the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, contesting both the Spanish and Monaco rounds.

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