Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East


New name, but proven goals and values!

The Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East will start into its first season during the weekend of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Bahrain International Circuit – but it follows in the footsteps of an already great tradition: This marks the 15th season of the cooperation of Lechner Racing and Porsche in this region: Since its very first start in 2009, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East quickly established itself as one of the most professional and successful series in the area. In 2019, it was renamed the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East, further building on its success.

Now this proof of concept and continuous development over the years steps up into the beginning of a new era with the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East 2023/2024. Operating from the Bahrain International Circuit, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, that provides benefits from an exceptional environment with state-of-the-art motorsport facilities in a great region, it offers a lot to drivers, teams, partners and fans.

The Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East is an ideal platform for all local and international racing drivers or professional racing teams to compete and participate in this part of the world. Based on the highly successful Porsche formula for one-make series racing the challenge gives every driver an equal chance to compete, racing in identically constructed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. 

It follows the same principles that already were a big part of the aims from the very beginning of the Lechner-Porsche partnership: To provide a great starting point for local talent! The official Porsche series during the past years has already set drivers like Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Khaled Al Qubaisi or Al Faisal Al Zubair on their way to higher goals. 

Now the Porsche Carrera Cup Middle East will also give the region’s home-grown driving talent an opportunity to realize their racing potential while enhancing personal track experience during race weekends and extensive coaching and testing opportunities. It is set to become at least as popular as its predecessors for drivers and fans alike, featuring real racing and genuine rivalries on the track. Three different classes, Pro, Pro-Am and Am, will make it possible for all drivers to compete according to the current level of their racing career. 

The start of the season at the Bahrain International Circuit as a support race to the FIA World Endurance Championship will be followed by five other weekends with two races at each event, including one more race weekend at Bahrain International Circuit, Dubai Autodrome and the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and ending the season with two support races to the opening F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit followed by the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia at the world fastest street circuit, the Jeddah Corniche Street Circuit in March 2024.   

Series Head & Promoter Robert Lechner is looking forward to the new era – joining the “club” of now 11 Porsche Carrera Cup championships worldwide: “Being able to set the stage for local talents to make the first steps into professional racing or to fine-tune their skills and progress on the ladder to international success on such a high level of racing was and is a great challenge. But it also feels like a great achievement that together we have been able to make this new step up to turning the series into an official Porsche Carrera Cup championship. We are very thankful for the warm welcome we always receive in the Middle East.