The Sime Darby Racing Team will make its debut at the 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) which will hold its first races of the season at the end of April. In partnership with Earl Bamber Motorsport (ECM), the team will feature young Malaysian, Nazim Azman, at the wheel of the 911 GT3 Cup car in the PCCA PRO category.
After spending 2 seasons confined to racing in China, the 20th Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season will again have races across the continent. The 2023 race calendar will start in Malaysia and continue on to Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore before finishing up at Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific’s home base in Shanghai, China.
This one-make series sets equal technical standards across the field, and the 7th-generation GT3 Cup race car based on the 992-generation 911 brings more downforce and technology than ever, for better performance. Sime Darby Racing Team’s GT3 Cup car is adorned with a batik inspired livery.
To help with the technical aspects of the Sime Darby Racing Team, Porsche Malaysia teamed up with Earl Bamber Motorsport. The team is built by Earl Bamber, a double PCCA champion, accomplished Porsche Works driver and 2-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner. With a shared vision to nurture the next generation of competitive race drivers, EBM will lend technical support to the Sime Darby Racing Team throughout the 2023 PCCA season, providing sharpened performance for any circuit.
In partnership with EBM and Porsche Malaysia, former FIA Formula 3 race driver, Nazim Azman will be representing the Sime Darby Racing Team in PCCA 2023. This strategic partnership between EBM and Porsche Malaysia will help set the spotlight for this local young race driver on the world stage of Porsche Motorsport.
“Our participation in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia this year underlines our long-standing commitment to Porsche’s motorsport DNA. Porsche Malaysia has been at the forefront in customer track driving programmes, and we have had long history with Earl Bamber Motorsport on track. We are confident about our performance in the upcoming season together with our strong partners, Earl Bamber Motorsport and Nazim,“ Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance said. “We are also honoured to further support local young technical talent with knowledge transfer in collaboration with Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific to enhance their technical expertise in motorsport”.
Alexandre Gibot, Managing Director of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific commented, “We are excited to bring passionate Porsche race drivers from different regions together for the new season of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. It is truly exciting to see a Malaysia race team represented by Porsche Malaysia as part of this season’s race. We are pleased to have Nazim Azman as part of the PCCA Talent Pool development programme, and we look forward to his training with Porsche racing champions as he embarks on his racing journey.”
“It is my pleasure to partner with Porsche Malaysia and Earl Bamber Motorsport to represent the Sime Darby Racing Team at the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2023. As this is my first time racing a GT car for a full season, I believe that this opportunity will widen my horizons and experiences in GT racing. I’d like to thank the team for the support and will strive to do my best to step up in the upcoming race,“ said Nazim Azman.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2023 season will happen at the Sepang International Circuit (28 – 30 April). The series will then move around the region before returning to Malaysia for Rounds 9 and 10 (25 – 27 August), alongside Round 3 of the Malaysia Championship Series at Sepang International Circuit.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media since its launch in 2003. Firmly established as Asia’s premier international one-make racing series, 2023 sees a formidable international field made up of brilliant professional and dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for young talent, as well as a high-profile showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the choice for the region’s finest drivers.