News Team TRT November 6, 2023 (Comments off) (52)

Sprint Challenge Bathurst Decider

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON has come to Porsche Motorsport Australia, with the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia Series to kick off an amazing two weeks of title-deciding action this weekend at Mount Panorama.

The sixth and final round of a record-breaking Sprint Challenge season will see the category race three times at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International this weekend and decide the Pro, Pro-Am and Class B titles.

That will be followed two weeks later by a climactic Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia showdown at the VAILO Adelaide 500 on the Adelaide streets.

The Sprint Challenge season has been an unpredictable affair, though series leader Marco Giltrap’s consistency has him entering the final round with a commanding lead.

The 19-year-old New Zealander leads by 171 points with 180 up for grabs this weekend, meaning a 17th-placed finish in the opening race would be enough to deliver the Team Porsche NZ / Earl Bamber Motorsport driver his first Porsche title.

Giltrap has won four races this season, has never finished lower than fifth in a race and claimed round victories at Phillip Island and Symmons Plains to entrench himself at the top of the standings early in the year, where he has since remained.

The fight for the final steps on the podium is well and truly alive, however, with Aron Shields and Oscar Targett set to battle for second and third.

Shields leads Targett by just 32 points heading into this weekend, with the pair arguably the most in-form drivers among the whole field.

Targett won two of the three races at The Bend last time out, with Shields claiming the epic enduro cup race at the South Aussie venue.

The Pro-Am fight will also be decided this weekend, with Sam Shahin holding a 118-point lead over newcomer Matt Slavin in Porsche’s ‘race within a race’ title battle.

Shahin will be seeking his second PMSC Pro-Am title, having previously won the title in 2019.

Meanwhile, a fast-finishing Brett Boulton will aim to overhaul David Greig in the battle for third position in the final round.

Class B, for first-generation 991 GT3 Cup Cars, sees the most exciting title battle of all, with Phil Morriss, Lachlan Harburg and Brad Carr all firmly in contention.

The consistent Morriss leads Harburg by just 51 points heading to Bathurst, with Carr a further 26 behind in third.

A bumper 29-strong field will contest the three races this weekend, including 13 in the Professional class.

The field includes the addition of Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-Am regular Danny Stutterd, while Nash Morris will also return aboard his TekworkX Motorsport entry.

Last year at Mount Panorama, Kiwi Ryan Wood scored pole position with a Sprint Challenge record 2m07.9652s flyer.

Wood then claimed the round with two wins from three starts, would-be champion Tom Sargent claiming the first and second overall.

Wood also holds the Bathurst Sprint Challenge lap record at 2m07.7595s.

The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia field will hit the track for a 45-minute practice session on Friday morning, ahead of qualifying at 1:50pm that afternoon.

Race one will be the enduro cup title decider and is due to commence at 4:40pm and run for 18 laps.

Two 7-lap sprint races on Sunday will then decide the title, with the first sprint at 12:05pm and the second at 2:50pm.

Both Sunday races will be live on Stan Sport, while the season finale will also be live on free to air via the Nine Network around Australia this weekend.

ENTRY LIST – Round 6, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia

13Racing to Beat FAPro-AmJonathanGlikstenVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
24Grove RacingProOscarTargettQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
35Jacque Fine JewelleryClass BJacqueJarjoNSWPorscheGT3 Cup Gen I
47Se7en Racing, InnovationTANK, AeroAscent, JSW PowersportsProSladeOrsmondQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
58Car Mods AustraliaClass BBradleyCarrQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen I
611Aera Cloud & SecurityPro-AmEricConstantinidisNSWPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
712Ares GroupPro-AmMattSlavinVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
813The Bend Motorsport ParkPro-AmSamShahinSAPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
914McElrea RacingProCalebSumichWAPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1015POWER AND EARTH. COMProClayOsborneNZPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1116TekworkX MotorsportProHamishFitzsimmonsQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1223Bloxsom Team NavyProLachlanBloxsomQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1327LocalsCoClass BDaveAllanWAPorscheGT3 Cup Gen I
1434Wall Racing / Hillcrest MerimbulaPro-AmCasparTresidderNSWPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1535Hyundai ForkliftsPro-AmIndiranPadayacheeNSWPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1664Team Porsche New Zealand / EBMProMarcoGiltrapNZPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1766PER Equipment RentalsPro-AmTimWolfeWAPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1867TekworkX MotorsportProNashMorrisQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
1977Sonic / Dayle ITMProRonanMurphyNZPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2078Sonic Motor Racing / Rosche Paper / Supa StrawsProMarcosFlackQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2181McElrea Racing / McLennan MotorsportsProTomMcLennanQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2284Bold LivingPro-AmBrettBoultonQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2386Morriss Racing ServiceClass BPhilMorrissVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen I
2487DW MotorsportPro-AmDavidGreigVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2588Sonic Motor Racing / Bob Jane T Marts / True GridProHarrisonGoodmanVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
2691Autohouse RacingClass BLachlanHarburgQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen I
2799Southern Star Windows P/LPro-AmRossMcGregorVICPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
28116TekworkX MotorsportProAronShieldsQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II
29702TekworkX MotorsportPro-AmDanielStutterdQLDPorscheGT3 Cup Gen II

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