Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific unveils new One-Make Series: Porsche Sprint Challenge Indonesia
The maiden campaign of the series will take place in December 2023 and January 2024, with all six races hosted by the state-of-the-art Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit on Lombok Island.
All participants will contest the Sprint Challenge Indonesia in the popular Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992). Fitted with a 4-litre six-cylinder naturally-aspirated boxer engine, delivering 510 PS, the 911 GT3 Cup is one of the most widely produced racing vehicles in the world. A sizeable field will take on the first race of the season next month, with the full entry list of drivers to be announced soon.
Measuring 4.313-kilometres, Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit first opened in 2021 and is situated on the coast of the picturesque tropical island of Lombok . The layout itself features plenty of quick turns, with swift changes of direction a key aspect. The braking zone through Turn 15 and into Turn 16 will challenge drivers, while the best overtaking opportunity is likely to be down the long pit straight towards Turn 1.
Porsche Sprint Challenge Indonesia joins a host of one-make series in the region overseen by Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, with the highly successful Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, which also uses the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, celebrating its 20th season this year. In 2017, Porsche Sprint Trophy Thailand was launched as a partnership between Porsche and Thailand Super Series, while the Porsche Sprint Challenge China, run in the popular Porsche Sports Cup China, has been running since 2019.
Bagoes Hermanto, CEO of Superstars Motorsport: “We are tremendously excited to start the first season of Porsche Sprint Challenge Indonesia soon. With the extremely capable Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars and highly-motivated drivers, we look forward to bring the most thrilling one-make series ever to Indonesia.”
Michael Dreiser, Director Motorsport Sales, Porsche Motorsport: “We are pleased to announce the launch of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Indonesia, bringing our signature One Make Series platform to the country for the first time. With the support of our regional office Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, and Porsche Indonesia, this new race series will provide our enthusiastic customers in Indonesia a local access to the Porsche Motorsport pyramid. All customers will participate with the latest 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and with benchmark technical support and hospitality, we are certain of a bright future for the series. With its launch, we now count 36 series in our global One Make Series platform including the Carrera Cup Asia, Sprint Challenge China and Sprint Trophy Thailand which proves the popularity of our offerings globally and regionally. We would like to thank Superstars Motorsport for their efforts to bring this series to life and to especially thank our customers joining this new series.”
Alexandre Gibot, Managing Director, Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Limited, says “After a lot of preparation, we are proud to announce the launch of a new Porsche One Make Series, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Indonesia, in the Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia is an exciting market for the brand and we feel it is the right place and the right time for a new race series to complement our other regional platforms. We firmly believe that Superstars Motorsport are the right partners for Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific to work with to build and grow this exciting new platform over the years to follow. We have no doubt that our Indonesia-based customers will enjoy the 911 GT3 Cup and we look forward to being there with them in December.”
Official Test Days 6-7 December 2023
Races 1&2 8-10 December 2023
Races 3&4 12-14 January 2024
Races 5&6 26-28 January 2024