Aside from PCCA duties, Bamber is one of the drivers on Porsche’s Le Mans 24-hour endurance race roster. Ragginger is expected to be the main challenger for Bamber this season’s, having lost to the New Zealander over the past two seasons. The title fight also sees Rodolfo Avila of Team Jebsen and Ho Pin Tung of Team Absolute Racing in the mix. Tung, a former F1 test and reserve driver, is both a regular LMP2 endurance competitor as well as a participant in the Formula E Championship.
Popular contenders in the professional class include Ro Charlz Skyangel with Team Yonda Dongfang and former Scirocco R Cup China champion Bao Jin Long. Three new additions to the 2015 pro class entry are; Craig Baird, Bamber’s countryman and the man who has won more Porsche Cup victories than any other in history with more than 130 wins, another New Zealander Chris van der Drift, and the youngster, 17-year-old Nico Menzel. Baird, a five-time Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion, is no stranger to the Asian series having contested a full season in 2010, where he finished third despite missing the final two races, and has been a regular at the series’ showcase event at the Singapore F1 GP, which he won in 2012.
Once again, the popular Porsche one-make race series features the Weissach-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racer and a 14-round race calendar. The PCCA season premieres at the Shanghai International Circuit as support race for the F1 Chinese GP from 10 – 12 April, then head on to Yeongam track for rounds 3 and 4 from 15 – 17 May. In the mid-season scrimmage, rounds 5 & 6 is confirmed for the Fuji Speedway from 5 – 7 June, while rounds 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 are scheduled for two Malaysian tracks, one is yet to be determined from 7 – 9 August and the other is Sepang from 4 – 6 September. Following the Malaysian rounds, the circus moves on to the street circuit of Singapore as support race for the F1 race, from 18 – 20 September. The finale is set for Shanghai, once again, and this time as part of the WEC (World Endurance Championship), rounds 13 & 14, from 30 October till 1 November.