Irishman Karl Leonard heads to the famous Spa Francorchamps Grand Prix circuit in Belgium in just under two weeks time as the Carrera Cup GB supports the FIA World Endurance Championship. A regular in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Leonard has entered round three and four of the series which will see the Carrera Cup competitors support the FIA World Endurance Series at the historic venue.
There is great interest in this meeting as Porsche will unveil their third WEC 919 Hybrid which will be driven by Nick Tandy and F1 driver Nico Hulkenburg. Coming off the back of an impressive race at Brands Hatch, which saw him run with the quickest drivers before being caught up in an accident, Leonard is confident he will run competitively in Spa despite not being familiar with the daunting Grand Prix circuit.
Karl Leonard: “Brands Hatch ultimately didn’t end well for us but we had plenty of pace. Team Parker Racing have always given me a good car and I aim to repay them with a good result. The guys tell me the approach to the famous Eau Rouge Corner is at 160mph and is is possible to take it flat- I can’t wait to try!”
The Carrera Cup, the fastest and most successful single marque GT racing Championship in the UK, is contested by identical examples of the latest ‘Type 991’ 911 GT3 Cup, each powered by a charismatic, rear-mounted 460 hp flat-six engine. The racing edition of the iconic 911 coupe has thrilled spectators around the UK in support of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) since 2003. Over the past decade, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB has become an established stepping stone for drivers looking to forge a career in GT sports car and endurance racing. The Championship is fully integrated into the international Porsche Motorsport programme, and factory backing – not least in terms of parts and technical support –provides unrivalled opportunities for development.