GWR Australia has revealed the liveries to be run by its three drivers in this year’s Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship, ahead of this weekend’s season opener at the Australian Grand Prix.
Each of the brand-new, Type 992 Porsche GT3 Cup cars has a distinctive livery, ensuring all three cars will stand out on the track.
The Padayachee father-and-son combination of Indiran and Duvashen have revealed a revamped version of their traditional blue, black and while hues, accented by maroon highlights, with Hyundai Forklifts appearing prominently as the car’s major sponsor.
Duvashen has been charged with the responsibility of giving the car its racing debut and after walking the track this afternoon, he cannot wait to tackle the updated layout.
“It’s going to be much faster, especially around the back section,” Padayachee said.
“Obviously one of the chicanes has been removed and some of the corners have been widened, but the other thing that will make a big difference for us will be the resurfacing – there will be a lot more grip.”
Dylan O’Keeffe’s car will sport a predominantly gunmetal grey livery, featuring Dexion and Circle Red Watches as major commercial partners. This weekend will be O’Keeffe’s first round in Carrera Cup since the Australian Grand Prix in 2019.
“There will be 31 cars on the grid this weekend, which is one of the largest fields we’ve ever seen for Carrera Cup, and the driving talent at the front of the field is all class,” O’Keeffe said.
“The GWR squad have worked hard to unlock the potential of the new 992 Cup car, but we know all the other teams will have been preparing thoroughly as well, so the racing will be cut-throat.”
The team’s final entry is the PSA Group entry to be driven by Michael Almond, who is set to embark upon his ninth season in the competitive Porsche one-make series and has notched up five race victories since 2016.
Almond’s Carrera Cup car runs an eye-catching lime green colour scheme with yellow highlights. After acquainting himself with the new car in pre-season testing, Almond is excited to see how it performs in race conditions.
“The extra aero means the high-speed handling is better, while the improved front suspension geometry and wider tyre allows you to hustle the car harder through the slow corners,” Almond said.
“There’s no doubt the lap times will be an improvement over the previous car at most tracks, but we will have to adapt the car setup and driving technique to maximise its potential.”
The new Carrera Cup cars will hit the track for their first competitive sessions of the season for practice and qualifying tomorrow.
Thursday, 7 April
11:45am – Practice (20 min)
2:20pm – Qualifying (20 min)
Friday, 8 April
11:00am – Race 1 (12 laps)
5:15pm – Race 2 (12 laps)
Saturday, 9 April
12:00 midday – Race 3 (10 laps)
Sunday, 10 April
11:05am – Race 4 (12 laps)