Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has announced that it will participate in Rounds 7 and 8 of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) 2012, from August 30 to September 2, making its racing debut. In a tribute to the golden days of gentlemen racers, the 911 GT3 Cup you see above will be piloted by Tan Sri Azman Yahya, chairman of the Motorsports Association of Malaysia.

Introduced in 2010 and based on the already-flyweight flyer, the GT3 RS, the Cup retains the 3.8 litre flat-six that churns out 450 hp and is ready to race straight out of the box. Mind you, that box would rid you of nearly €150k (RM600k). Tan Sri Azman will be shifting through a sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox that works in tandem with a ZF Friedrichshafen AG race clutch.

A Porsche owner and motorsport fan himself, Tan Sri Azman, 48, has considerable experience in racing in Malaysia, having won in the Supercars category in the 2004 Malaysian Super Series and in the same year, Open Class Champion in the Malaysian Merdeka Endurance race. Although he hasn’t raced for eight years now, Tan Sri Azman said he was “excited” and “ready to endure the challenges ahead,” citing the high temperatures in the cockpit during the race as one of the biggest challenges for him.

Now in its 10th season, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is a one-make series that has grown in popularity to become the region’s premier racing series. The race is held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Through the formation of Team SDAP, the company hopes to reinforce Porsche’s strong motorsports heritage in the country.

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