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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli

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Apr 10, 2017


Sam Shahin has braved treacherous Melbourne weather claim the Outright and Elite Class round win as the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli season opened at Sandown Raceway, while high profile debutant John Steffensen continued his impressive racing initiation by taking the Professional Class round victory.

South Australian Shahin proved consistency was key throughout the Sandown round. After placing third in Saturday’s chaotic race one, Shahin then placed second in race two – a 14 lap race that saw many of his rivals run off the wet circuit – while he concluded the weekend with a fifth place result in race three, handing the HTFU backed racer the Outright round victory and beating John Morriss and Anthony Gilbertson to the Elite Class round win.

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2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia (Outright)
1 Sam Shahin 65

2 Jordan Love 62

3 Brenton Grove 54

4 John Morriss 52

5 John Steffensen 48


Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Presented by Pirelli is one of Australia's most exciting, competitive and fast-paced motor racing categories.

The philosophy for GT3 Cup Challenge is simple, 'race with your mates'.

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.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge held its first season Down Under in 2008, catering for Porsche enthusiasts looking to make the step up from club level racing.
In honour of Porsche stalwart 'Gentleman Jim', the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy will again feature three rounds of the 2017 season, adding an endurance element to the one-make series.

If you're a Porsche enthusiast looking to go racing, or an aspiring driver looking to enter the world of national level motor sport, GT3 Cup Challenge provides the perfect platform to find your motor racing feet.



Porsche race cars of different models, but predominantly Type-997 and 996 GT3 Cup Cars.


With the fastest cars in the field lapping just a second or two per lap slower than a V8 Supercar on most circuits, these are serious racing machines. With a top speed in excess of 280km/h and renowned Porsche stopping power, exciting racing is guaranteed with these cars.


2008: Sven Burchartz
2009: Matthew Kingsley
2010: Roger Lago
2011: Roger Lago
2012: Kane Rose
2013: Richard Muscat
2014: Fraser Ross
2015: Ryan Simpson
2016: Hamish Hardeman


Round 1: 7-9 April, Sandown Raceway (Shannons Nationals)
Round 2: 26-38 May, Phillip Island (Shannons Nationals)
Round 3: 9-11 June, Winton Motor Raceway* (Shannons Nationals)
Round 4: 7-9 July, Sydney Motorsport Park* (Shannons Nationals)
Round 5: 4-6 August, Queensland Raceway* (Shannons Nationals)
Round 6: 8-10 September, Phillip Island (Shannons Nationals)
* denotes Jim Richards Endurance Trophy rounds