Porsche extends TOCA support deal until at least 2026
British Touring Car Championship Organiser, TOCA, has today (5 December) confirmed that the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Sprint Challenge will remain on the BTCC support package until at least 2026.
With the 2023 campaign marking 20 years since the Porsche Carrera Cup GB (PCCGB) joined the bill, the new three-year deal comes into effect at the end of the current term, with a further one-year option taking the agreement to the end of 2026.
Having kicked off 2022 with its landmark 350th race, the PCCGB has been present on the BTCC package since its inception in 2003 and celebrated its 20th season just last year with the introduction of a stunning new 510hp ‘Type 992’ 911 GT3 Cup race car.
Porsche Motorsport GB and TOCA also recently announced an increased presence for the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB in 2023, which will now see the single marque GT racing championship become a regular on the support package for at least the next three years.
The Porsche Sprint Challenge GB enters its fourth season next year, retaining the use of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport – closely based on the 718 Cayman GT4 road car and developed purely for motorsport.
In 2023, both championships will begin their respective campaigns at Donington Park (22/23 April) before alternating for the following six events. Both will return for the final three events – Donington Park GP (26/27 August), Silverstone (23/24 September) and Brands Hatch GP (7/8 October) – as the championship battles draw to a head.
Alan Gow, BTCC Chief Executive, said: “Having already announced that the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB would be expanding its presence on the BTCC support bill in 2023, I’m delighted to further cement its future and that of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
“This new contract underlines how the Porsche GB and TOCA partnership keeps going from strength to strength and, with both championships having already provided highly entertaining races for fans both trackside and at home via ITV’s free-to-air coverage, I’m very much looking forward to continuing our close relationship.”
James MacNaughton, Porsche Cars Great Britain Marketing Manager, said: “Porsche is delighted to further strengthen its relationship with TOCA. The TOCA package has been home to Porsche Carrera Cup GB since its inception 20 years ago and, from 2023, Porsche Sprint Challenge GB will also race exclusively alongside the BTCC – and at four events we will showcase both championships on the same billing.
“The TOCA platform really is a modern sporting phenomenon, delivering exciting action on track, exceptionally strong crowds across each race weekend, incredible live TV coverage and broad media appeal. We extend our thanks to Alan Gow and his team in fostering our continued relationship.”