Unlike some celebrity drivers on the streets of Hong Kong, Aaron Kwok Fu-shing knows his accelerator from his brake pedal. That is why the Canto-pop star has been picked as a VIP driver for the opening round of the new Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in March. 'Aaron is not a novice. In fact he is a skilled racing driver. I would only invite people who could handle a racing car. We are thrilled that he has accepted our offer to compete as a VIP driver in the first round of the series,' said Ian Geekie, general manager of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. In an exciting development in Asian motorsport, the new series will showcase the talents of 18 Asian drivers who will all drive identical 911 GT3 Cup machines in 12 races throughout the region, ending at the Macau Grand Prix in November. Kwok will only take part in the first race, when the series makes its Asian debut as a support race at the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix in Sepang from March 21-23. To prepare for the big day, Kwok will travel next month to the circuit for a test drive and receive tips from Marc Lieb, the reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion. 'I'm a keen racing driver and enjoy the thrill and excitement of motorsport. When Porsche approached me with this idea, I was delighted because this event represents both the best in car and circuit. In addition, the race will raise funds for the Aaron Kwok International Charity Foundation, so my participation is doubly meaningful,' said Kwok, who was sporting a David Beckham hairstyle and the customary wrap-around shades at yesterday's launch in Causeway Bay. The successful GT racing series are also held in Germany, France and Japan. Organisers revealed that the concept of a 'one-make series' ensured that victory would mainly depend on driver skill. The Asian series will also have stopovers in Thailand, South Korea and Beijing. 'This inaugural series is also part of the Asian Festival of Speed. The drivers will compete in this stunningly powerful machine and you will hardly believe that these thoroughbred racing cars still share 90 per cent of the components with the street-legal 911s,' said Geekie. Veteran driver Charles Kwan will lead a strong field of seven drivers from Hong Kong. The others are Kevin Wong, Philip Ma, Edward Lai, Siu Tit-lung, Alan Siu Yuk-lung and Alex Yan. 'As the best-selling market in the region, it comes as no surprise that this series boasts no less than seven of Hong Kong's most skilled and experienced drivers,' said Geekie. Porsche sales manager Thorsten Wilke revealed there were just over 2,000 Porsche-owners in Hong Kong. Participation comes at a cost. One needs a minimum of $1.3 million to take part in the entire series. Drivers have to buy the car and with it comes a comprehensive package that provides everything from mechanics to other ancillary support. 'We did not choose them, they selected us,' said Geekie. 'The Porsche club in Hong Kong has been very supportive of this series.' Wilke agrees that not everyone can afford it. 'This is a gentlemen's racing club. You need to have money to take part,' says Wilke. Crash the car, and you will have to pay for repairs, too. So unless one has the money to burn, the thrills of this series will have to be enjoyed from afar. That is unless you are a VIP named Kwok. 'Many people believe that motor racing is just about driving fast. But in fact it is an extremely disciplined sport. It requires concentration, split-second decision-making and a great deal of knowledge. You have to be fit both mentally and physically. 'I enjoy both the thrill of competition and the discipline required to do well,' said Kwok as he accepted the leather racing overalls gifted to him by the organisers.