The new Porsche Cups are already showing record pace

Sydney Motorsport Park test day action. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Expect to see record lap times plummet this Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia season, thanks to the introduction of the new Type 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

The final leg of a three-day transfer process to Sydney Motorsport Park, following the arrival of a 32-strong German fleet, more than 20 drivers took part in a full day of testing today (Tuesday).

By the lunch break, nearly two seconds had been shaved off the Carrera Cup lap record at the SMP; a 1:30.5619s set by Michael Almond in 2018.

2017 title winner David Wall struck in 1:28.7401s – over 1.8s faster than Almond’s benchmark.

Luke Youlden was not far behind with a 1:28.8491s. For comparison, Youlden’s fastest time in six Supercars qualifying sessions at SMP last year was 1:30.2791s.

Porsche Cars Australia motorsport director Barry Hay said the early pace “shows all the potential there is” in the new package, which notably has more mechanical grip thanks to larger Michelin front tyres. wider and more downforce from the rear wing.

With higher torque and increased stability under the brakes, Hay is confident in the quality of wheel-to-wheel racing in addition to faster lap times.

“I really think the move from Gen1 to Gen2 was [minimal] and you really had to look for it, but these things are serious machinery,” he told Speedcafe.com.

As for what might be possible at Mount Panorama, Hay said: “I don’t think you’ll lose two minutes, but I don’t think it will be far at all.

“With the extra steering they have and the downforce they will be so much better at the top and I think they will win a lot.

“The way the car is, it also puts more confidence in the driver, so it’s also a cheap way to get speed.”

Jaxon Evans, runner-up in last year’s Porsche Supercup with the 992 model, was on hand to help drivers and teams make the transition.

“I think the obvious changes you see on this new Cup car are the bodywork and the actual size of the car looks a lot bigger,” Evans said.

“You can see that extra aero they have with the rear wing and the wider bodywork and the slightly different front bumper, replicating the road car.

“So those are visual changes that you notice, but there’s the extra grip that a bigger Michelin front tire gives you.

“As an overall platform, the car is less forgiving on bumps and things like that.

“Slight increase in power as well: you have all that extra grip and you want to use it. They added a bit there, and overall it’s a great car to drive.

“It’s definitely a big step up from the 991 and seeing everyone here enjoying it and improving lap times is exciting enough for what’s to come this year.”

It wasn’t all easy, with Scott Taylor sustaining damage due to an excursion in High Speed ​​Left Turn 1.

Former Triple Eight Race Engineering Super2 Series rider Angelo Mouzouris was one of the more notable riders to lap, although he told Speedcafe.com that’s not necessarily an indication of his plans for 2022.

Mouzouris will be moving back and forth, with the Super2 seats of Triple Eight taken by 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia winner Cameron Hill and former MW Motorsport driver Declan Fraser.