Imagine Patrick Dempsey driving a Porsche.
Nothing strange about that for a Hollywood star. But if the star has to fight it out in a real Grand Touring race against a grid full of professional racers, that could be rather odd.
No, and it’s not the trailer of a film about motor racing. It’s all true, and it happened in 2014: Patrick Dempsey – Dr. Derek Shepherd in the American TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” – took to the track aboard a Porsche 911 at Interlagos round of the Porsche CUP GT3 Brazil before the country’s Formula 1® Grand Prix, won by Nico Rosberg.
But that’s just one small anecdote with which to begin to tell the story of the Porsche CUP GT3 Brazil.
It is an adventure that began in 2005. Ten years ago, it seemed impossible that Brazil would be able to enjoy International Grand Touring events on its circuits. But it is a dream that became reality and continues to be so even today as a spectacle, and is of interest to many enthusiasts. Pirelli has worked with Porsche step-by-step from the start on this race series and it has toiled hard to develop the highest performance tyres possible, creating special covers for the cars that take to the track and bite into the asphalt of the Porsche CUP GT3 Brazil for the last 10 years.
The first Porsche mono-marque international championship event was run in Brazil on 16 April 2005, a country in which a large number of international motor sport competitions hosted many top drivers to battle for victory. Among the most recent stars of Formula 1® are Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa, with top driver involvement dating back to the ‘70s, when Emerson Fittipaldi won two F1® World Championships – in 1972 and 1974 – at the wheel of a Lotus and later a McLaren. And then there was the legendary Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian driver par excellence. Memories of him are still vivid in the minds of the Brazilians as well as the rest of the world’s motor sport enthusiasts. Undoubtedly, Ayrton occupies a place of honour among the sport’s top champions of the green and gold flag and not that alone.