Bumper Porsche field for Bathurst
A RECORD SIX Porsche Carrera Cup Champions with nine titles in four different series will headline a 30-strong field entered for Round 6 of the 2023 Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship at Mount Panorama.
The Bathurst grid is the most broadly accomplished Carrera Cup Australia grid in the series’ history and one of the most deeply stacked with talent of any Porsche series globally this year.
For the first time in the series 20-year history, four former Carrera Cup Australia Champions will be represented on the grid.
They will be joined by drivers who have won the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Great Britain, and Benelux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxemburg).
Between them, the Bathurst grid has claimed 180 Carrera Cup race wins globally.
The return of 2022 champion Harri Joins to the grid will see the Queenslander join 2004 Australian champion Alex Davison, 2005 champion Fabian Coulthard and 2017 champion David Wall on what will be one of the most stacked Carrera Cup grids in series history.
Meanwhile, the addition of three-time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion Chris van der Drift, who will deputise for Callum Hedge in the Team Porsche NZ / EBM entry, adds further one-make Porsche success to the field.
Van der Drift won the Asian title in 2015, 2017 and 2018 to become one of the region’s most successful Porsche racers and currently sits third in the 2023 title battle with a round to go.
EMA Motorsport has secured the services of 22-year-old young star Harry King for a Bathurst cameo, the British ace having claimed the 2020 Carrera Cup GB title and the 2022 Benelux title before claiming three wins and third position in this year’s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
King has won 29 Carrera Cup races in his career to date, including Supercup race wins at Monaco, Monza and Hungary this year.
The record-setting Aussie attack includes four former champions and an enormous strike rate of success in the local championship.
Harri Jones’ returns to the series battle-hardened following duel campaigns in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Championships in Europe this year and will race for his own team, Jones Motorsport, at Bathurst.
Davison will return for Scott Taylor Motorsport, while Coulthard will drive his familiar BWT Porsche Centre Melbourne entry and Wall his own Monochrome-backed entry for Wall Racing.
The four drivers alone account for 85 race victories and 28 round wins between them across two decades of one-make Porsche racing in Australia.
In total, the Bathurst field accounts for wins in more than 30 percent of all Carrera Cup Australia races ever held, with 12 former race winners currently entered.
The championship heads to Bathurst having featured five winners from the past five rounds, just the fourth time in series history that has occurred.
Following Jackson Walls’ win by countback at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Dale Wood, Alex Davison, Callum Hedge and Dylan O’Keeffe have claimed victories overall this year.
The SP Tools Pro-Am fight is equally compelling though current leader Sam Shahin faces a race against time to get to Bathurst.
His The Bend Motorsport Park-backed 992 GT3 Cup Car remains under repair following the race-ending crash at Sandown, when he was collected by a flying Nick McBride, who in turn had been hit by another car.
Shahin leads Sandown winner Dean Cook by 33 points with Adrian Flack a further 37 points back. Rodney Jane is only 17 points behind the top three heading to Bathurst.
The Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia field hits the track on Thursday for practice 1 at 8:55am, the 50-minute session the sole hit out before qualifying later that afternoon at 3:45pm.
Race 1 will commence at 2:20pm on Friday afternoon over 15 laps, doubling as the Enduro Cup race for the weekend.
Race 2 starts at 3:15pm on Saturday, with the final 9-lap sprint the curtain raiser to this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 at 9:30am on Sunday.
All sessions will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo Sport, while all three races will also be broadcast live and free on the Seven Network around Australia.
|No.||Class||Car #||Sponsor Name||Driver|
|1||Pro||2||Wall Racing / MOUTAI||Luke||King|
|2||Pro||3||Porsche Centre Melbourne / BWT||Fabian||Coulthard|
|4||Pro-Am||7||Miles Advisory Partners||Tim||Miles|
|5||Pro||8||Hallmarc/ Team MPC||Nick||McBride|
|6||Pro-Am||9||Hallmarc/ Team MPC||Marc||Cini|
|9||Pro-Am||13||The Bend Motorsport Park||Sam||Shahin|
|10||Pro-Am||14||ID Land / Team MPC||Matthew||Belford|
|11||Pro||17||Team Porsche New Zealand / EBM||Chris||Van Der Drift|
|14||Pro-Am||22||Dexion / RAM Motorsport||Dean||Cook|
|16||Pro||28||Hall Finance / Insurance Solutions||Bayley||Hall|
|17||Pro||32||Porsche Centre Melbourne / BWT||Courtney||Prince|
|19||Pro||72||TekworkX Motorsport / Tyrepower||Max||Vidau|
|21||Pro||76||VCM Performance / HP Tuners||Christian||Pancione|
|22||Pro-Am||77||Sonic Motor Racing Services / Bob Jane T Marts||Rodney||Jane|
|24||Pro||88||Dexion / RAM Motorsport||Dylan||O’Keeffe|
|25||Pro||99||Earl Bamber Motorsport||David||Russell|
|27||Pro||222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Alex||Davison|
|28||Pro||777||Sonic Motor Racing Services / Bob Jane T Marts / Bremtech||Simon||Fallon|
|30||Pro||999||Sonic Motor Racing Services / Bob Jane T Marts / Pitbox||Angelo||Mouzouris|