Driver Will Bratt on his winning strategy for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Tempus style editor Marius Borg Høiby takes us round the track of one of motorsports world's favourite series
The ever-popular Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain – which pits both leading and emerging racers against one another but behind the wheel of the same car, the Porsche 911 – returned to the UK this spring for its 16th edition. Taking place from April through September, it’s one of the most competitive and professional legs of the worldwide series – as we saw for ourselves at Donnington Park on 26-29 April, at which Lewis Plato raced to victory.
With all drivers racing the same cars, the PCC becomes a battle of human skill rather than machinery, and eager participants jet in from as far as South Africa, Australia and Singapore to drive in the Professional, Professional-Amateur or Amateur categories. Tempus caught up with 30-year-old professional driver Will Bratt as he stormed the scene this year, achieving fifth position (and earning himself four points) at Donnington Park Circuit in front of 40,000 fans.
"I'm really pleased, it was a good race," Bratt exclusively told Tempus. "I met my target really, which was to get a top five finish and to get closer to the pace-setting cars in the front."
The driver started the race in seventh position, and had a difficult start before speeding ahead by two positions. Tempus-sponsored Bratt told us the achievement put him in a strong position for the next race in Monza, Italy.
"I'm not expecting anything necessarily, but I want to improve again," he said of his aims. "I'm doing the Porsche Carrera Cup for the thrill of it, and so it's just important to do the best we can on each race." >>
The PCC is so respected in the motorsports world that the championship welcomes a mix of expert drivers looking to practice their already-honed skills and up-and-coming drivers who use the experience as a springboard to enter further competitions worldwide. Some participants, meanwhile, are amateurs who are in it for the sheer joy of the race.
This year, Porsche updated the race by introducing the new 911 GT3 Cup car. Dubbed a “precision instrument for the race track”, it’s already a favourite of motorsports teams and drivers around the world and beloved for its speed, durability and efficiency. Its rear-engine configuration offers drivers an additional challenge that makes the driving experience quite unlike most other racing cars.
"I was very happy with the car, definitely," Bratt said, revealing that he had received the 911 GT3 Cup only a few days before. "We made a few improvements to it, and they all seemed to work, which is good. That’s something to bank, and then we can go to the next round and build on that."
The next meeting in the Porsche Carrera Cup will be in Monza on 11-13 May, before returning to the UK from 8-10 June.