Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Presented by Pirelli
Mar 29, 2015
Newcomer Ryan Simpson has had immediate impact in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series, taking the outright and Professional Class round win at the opening Sandown round while Geoff Emery and Nick Cresswell claimed the Elite Class and Class B round victories, respectively.
Following his race one win on Saturday, Simpson had a horror start in race two after being run off the circuit at turn one. This left Emery and John Goodacre clear in the lead until Jon McCorkindale, who started ninth, came through the field to join the leading duo, posting a new lap record in the process. McCorkindale passed Goodacre for second on the final lap but could not challenge Emery for the win.
Mar 29, 2015
Series experience meant little in the opening race of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli with three debutants sharing class victories, with newcomer Ryan Simpson taking the outright win.
Simpson took pole position in a rain interrupted qualifying session and continued to set the pace from the race start; pulling a gap on the field in the opening laps.
The safety car was soon called to recover the cars of Jono Taylor and Scott Taylor at turn nine while Ross McGregor and James Abela were also victims of early race contact; Jono Taylor the only driver of the four to finish.
Simpson maintained his position at the front until the chequered flag to take a convincing five second win.
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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Presented by Pirelli. It's one of Australia's most exciting, competitive and fast-paced motor racing categories.
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Known for its fun, friendly, family atmosphere, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Presented by Pirelli has an unrivalled sense of camaraderie among its drivers and teams – a large factor behind the series' success in Australia.
Now, in its eighth season in 2015, the fun, affordable motor racing category attracted strong fields at every event, which races at some of Australia's greatest race tracks.
Kicking off at Mallala, the home of the series' 2008 inaugural round, the 2015 season will visit venues such as Phillip Island, Sydney Motorsport Park, Winton and Queensland Raceway in its six-round schedule – one that will again include its new endurance format.
So why race in GT3 Cup Challenge?
If you're a Porsche enthusiast looking to go racing, or an aspiring driver looking to enter the world of national level motorsport, GT3 Cup Challenge provides the perfect platform to find your motor racing feet.
The GT3 Cup Challenge field consists of mostly Porsche 996 or 997 GT3 Cup cars, with different classes catering for the separate car specifications. However, most naturally aspirated Porsche race cars are eligible to join the fray.
For those looking to climb the motorsport ladder, the category is also the perfect preparation for Porsche's signature motor racing category – Carrera Cup, which, along with GT3 Cup Challenge is managed at the highest standard by the dedicated motorsport team at Porsche Cars Australia.
Meanwhile, trackside, Porsche offer technical and spare parts support to all its teams, giving you more time to enjoy the event as intended.
The category also features a comprehensive television package, with every GT3 Cup Challenge round shown on SBS Speedweek as well as dedicated motorsport channel on Foxtel (Fox Sports 5).
The growth of GT3 Cup Challenge over the past four seasons is testament to its winning formula – fun, affordable racing mixed with the distinctive sound of a Porsche flat six.
2009: Matthew Kingsley
2010: Roger Lago
2011: Roger Lago
2012: Kane Rose
2013: Richard Muscat
2014: Fraser Ross
Round 1 27-29 March Sandown Raceway
Round 2 12-14 June Winton Raceway*
Round 3 3-5 July Sydney Motorsport Park*
Round 4 7-9 August Queensland Raceway*
Round 5 18-20 September Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Round 6 13-15 November Sydney Motorsport Park
* Jim Richards Endurance Trophy Rounds