Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Presented by Pirelli
Jun 11, 2016
Hamish Hardeman has taken honours in the opening Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli season in a dominant drive throughout the 35 lap event.
Hardeman secured pole position earlier in the day and continued his pace-setting performance into the endurance race. The Victorian was challenged in the opening laps by Jaxon Evans however, as the race progressed, Hardeman increased his lead to ultimately claim a 18.5 second victory from Evans, his first in the one-make series following six-straight second place finishes.
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Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge (Professional Class) Standings
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Presented by Pirelli. It's one of Australia's most exciting, competitive and fast-paced motor racing categories.
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
2015: Ryan Simpson
Round 1: Sandown Raceway, April 1-3
Round 2: Porsche Rennsport Australia, Sydney Motorsport Park April 29-May 1
Round 3: Winton Motor Raceway,* June 10-12
Round 4: Sydney Motorsport Park,* July 1-3
Round 5: Queensland Raceway* July 29-31
Round 6: Phillip Island September 9-11
* denotes Jim Richards Endurance Trophy rounds