Richard Muscat to Contest 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Series
Newly crowned Australian GT Series champion Richard Muscat will make his move to the highly contested Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series for 2015 in a brand new Wilson Security/ PAYCE backed Porsche Cup Car.
Muscat previously competed in two Carrera Cup races in Australia in 2013 at Sydney Motorsport Park and Winton, and one race in the Porsche Carrera Cup series in Great Britain in 2014. In 2015 22 year old Muscat will now compete full-time in a Team BRM prepared Porsche.
Muscat is looking forward to the new challenge in a series where driver ability is key, but said he wouldn’t have made it there without the help of many people.
“The Carrera Cup is a very competitive category because all the cars are identical. I have previously taken part in two races but I ‘m looking forward to racing against the likes of Craig Baird, Warren Luff and Nick Foster on a regular basis and hopefully challenging them for podiums and race wins.
“I’m really grateful to have the major backing of Wilson Security and PAYCE along with my other key sponsors Genis Steel, Archiclad, Carter Grange Homes and Freem all of who supported me in the GT series this year and will again continue in 2015.
“My manager John Morriss and my family have done so much for me over many years of racing and now my focus will be to continue achieving the best results I can for them,” said Muscat.
Muscat has enjoyed success in go karts at both state and national level and has only been driving cars since 2012. In this short time he has proven he has the talent to beat the best having won all three of the three championships he has contested. These include the 2012 Porsche 944 Challenge, the 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and most recently the 2014 Australian GT Series with Erebus. Muscat is also popular with race fans winning the inaugural Shannons Racer of the Year award in 2013.
The support and mentoring from Erebus and the Erebus Academy in 2014 has played a major role in Muscat’s growth, both on and off track.
Wilson Security CEO John McMellan said he believes Muscat is an exceptional young talent who has a bright future ahead.
“While we support a number of drivers across different categories, our focus is on ensuring that young, competitive drivers are given the opportunity to continue to the top level of motorsport.
“Muscat has shown he is not only capable of winning races but that on and off the track he is a professional driver.
“Our decision to back him in the Carrera Cup was an easy one and I am sure he will continue to produce great results in 2015,” said McMellan.
BRM Team owner Mark Rundle said his team has enjoyed past Carrera Cup success with the likes of Ben Barker, Nick Percat and Michael Patrizi, and is looking forward to Muscat joining the team in 2015.
“Richard has shown over the past two seasons he is a future up and coming star. The opening stint that Richard did at the Bathurst 12 Hour last year in the Porsche we were running was phenomenal.
“His further experience in GT's this season will cement him as a championship contender in Carrera Cup 2015. We are really keen to get to Clipsal,” said Rundle.
Muscat’s first event in 2015 will be at the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide 26 February - 1 March.
About Richard Muscat:
Richard got his first go kart when he was nine years old (2001) In his kart racing career from 2003-2011 he achieved some impeccable results, he was awarded the Victorian Senior Karter of the year in 2010. Richard also had great success in the Golden City Power Series where he won five first place Championship titles, in which he won three in the competitive Clubman Heavy class and two in the Leopard Light class. To top it off Richard's last race was at the Victorian State Closed titles where he won the Leopard Light class convincingly with four out of four race wins.
In season 2012 Richard ventured out of karts and embarked in the Porsche 944 Challenge Series, a highly competitive and well respected class. On his way to winning the championship which nobody has done before in their rookie year, Richard took five out of a possible seven Pole Positions and recorded thirteen out of a possible twenty three race wins. Richard also broke the lap record at both the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and again at Sandown International Raceway.