Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia (known commercially as the Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia) is an Australian motor racing championship open to Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. First held in 2003, it is administered by Porsche Cars Australia Pty Ltd and was sanctioned by CAMS as a national championship through to 2015  and as a National Series from 2016. During its history, Carrera Cup has been a leading support category for the Supercars Championship. New Zealand driver Craig Baird has been the most successful driver, winning the series five times.
|Inaugural season||2003 (original season), 2011 (reformed)|
|Last Drivers' champion||Jaxon Evans|
|Official website||Carrera Cup Australia|
The regulations for the championship are based on those used for Porsche Carrera Cup racing series in Europe and the rest of the world, with modifications to the cars strictly controlled to ensure parity between competing vehicles. From 2003 to 2005 the specified model was the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 996) with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) used from 2006 and various iterations of the car beyond that, usually in a three-year cycle.
Jim Richards was the inaugural champion, fresh from having taken Porsche 996s to three consecutive Australian Nations Cup Championships. The series quickly proved its worthy as a ladder category for emerging young drivers with Alex Davison and Fabian Coulthard winning championships while Marcus Marshall, Jonathon Webb and David Reynolds were also early graduates. The series was also responsible for the creation of a number of professional motor racing teams, including Paul Cruikshank Racing and VIP Petfoods Racing while also giving teams like Sonic Motor Racing Services, Tekno Autosports and International Motorsport opportunities to expand.
In the lead up to the 2009 season the series organisers were forced to cancel the series, citing a lack of competitors. Those competitors left with 997 GT3 Cup Cars found themselves without a series to race in as the cars were neither able to compete in the Australian GT Championship, to which they were eligible but were prevented by CAMS with the intention of preventing the collapse that ultimately occurred or the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia as models newer than 996s were not eligible for points. As the situation evolved permission was gained for the Porsches to enter the GT series in strictly limited numbers and likewise 997s were allowed to compete in the GT3 Challenge but to compete to their own pointscore rather than take points away from the 996 and 993s that made up the bulk of the series competitors.
Porsche Cars Australia announced the series would return for the 2011 season featuring the 2011 specification version of the Type 997 GT3 Cup. Since the series revival Craig Baird, already a two-time champion, dominated again, winning a further three championships. The following three seasons saw three new champions, with Baird remaining the only multiple champion as of 2019. Since 2013, the series has also added an annual two-driver pro-am event to the championship, which has featured several guest appearances from Supercars drivers.
In 2016 and 2018, a joint round between the series and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was held at Sydney Motorsport Park. The event featured individual races for each series before two combined races, one for both the Pro and Challenge classes. Both combined races were won by Australian entrants. In 2017, the Australian series travelled to Asia to contest a similar joint round at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The series also introduced an Endurance Cup in 2017, with the first round alongside the Supercars Sandown 500.
|Australian Carrera Cup Championship|
|2003||Jim Richards||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996|
|2004||Alex Davison||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996|
|2005||Fabian Coulthard||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 996|
|2006||Craig Baird||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2007||David Reynolds||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2008||Craig Baird||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2011||Craig Baird||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2012||Craig Baird||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2013||Craig Baird||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997|
|2014||Steven Richards||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991|
|2015||Nick Foster||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991|
|Porsche Carrera Cup Australia|
|2016||Matt Campbell||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991|
|2017||David Wall||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991|
|2018||Jaxon Evans||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991.II|
|5||Craig Baird||2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013|
- 2015 CAMS Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship – Sporting and Technical Regulations – Version 2, docs.cams.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
- 2016 CAMS Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series – Sporting and Technical Regulations – Version 2, docs.cams.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
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- 2016 CAMS Manual of Motor Sport – Australian Titles, as archived at web.archive.org