Steven Richards confirmed for 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
Carrera Cup continues to entice high-profile drivers
V8 Supercar driver and twice Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards is the latest high-profile driver to join Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
Richards will add a new chapter to his distinguished motorsport career by competing in the 2011 Carrera Cup season after 15 years of full-time V8 Supercar racing.
After recently taking delivery of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Richards, 2011 Carrera Cup campaign will begin at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix from March 24–27, 2011, where he will aim to head the 22-car field in the Porsche one-make category's first event since late 2008.
"I'm looking forward to becoming part of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia. It's going to be a great competitive series and having a full grid of cars is a great way to kick off the relaunched championship. I'm definitely looking forward to getting out there at the Australian Grand Prix," said Richards.
"Our aim for this year is to win the championship. It won't be easy – it's a competitive field and there are a few other drivers out there hoping to do the same. It'll make for an interesting start to the season.
"There's no doubt we're going to see some very competitive racing at the pointy end of the grid and throughout the entire field."
Richards' 15-year V8 Supercar career to date featured 426 race starts, 52 top-three finishes and seven wins, along with two Bathurst 1000 victories in 1998 and 1999.
About Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (PCCA) is a one-make Porsche series using the 331 kW (450 hp) Porsche 911 GT3 (Type 997) Cup car. PCCA is the primary support category to the V8 Supercars Championship with a seven-round series including rounds at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Armor All Gold Coast 600 and Sydney Telstra 500. PCCA is one of eight international Porsche Carrera Cups, with Carrera Cup regarded as the most successful one-make sports car championship in the world