The 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup continues this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park with round five of the eight round series being run. Ash Walsh currently sits in sixth place in the Championship, but a good result this weekend can see him claw his way back up the order. The Infants’ Friend Porsche driver will be on the grid at Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the largest Porsche Carrera Cup event to be staged in Australia, with 44 911 GT3 Cup cars set to start the nation’s first Carrera Cup joint round.
In a very unique event, the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup will be joined in Sydney by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, for the Asian series’ first ever event Down Under. With 44 identical cars competing across the two series, the event marks the largest gathering of current generation Carrera Cup cars in the Southern Hemisphere.
The two championships will contest their weekends separately (practice, qualifying and two races) before the series combine for two class based races to conclude the weekend.
Walsh was enthusiastic about the concept but added that it puts more pressure on the round as there are only two point scoring races. After a season so far which has seen a race win and podium, Walsh is hungry for a good result in Sydney.
Ash Walsh #777 Sonic Porsche GT 3 Cup
“We have had a long gap between races and I am looking forward to getting back into the Infants’ Friend / Bob Jane T Marts Porsche. The Sonic boys have done quite a bit of work on the cars since Darwin, and I have been able to focus on my Supercars Endurance role with Tim Slade, driving the car at QR and a full test day at Winton.
“My focus now is to try and close down the gap to the guys in front in the points score. We only have two races this weekend towards the Championship as the Asian Carrera Cup shares racing on the same program. It is a cool idea and the race with the combined grid at the end of Sunday should be fun.
“With only three rounds to go we have to get a very consistent result this weekend, but this is a track I enjoy and the team is confident of a good result.”