News Team TRT November 16, 2023 (Comments off) (276)

Sprint Challenge to Townsville

A BLOCKBUSTER 2024 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia calendar has been announced, with the series set to continue its incredible recent momentum across six rounds next year.

The calendar mixes high-profile national events with sensational permanent circuits and what is likely to be the series’ best media and broadcast package yet.

The calendar is headlined by the series’ street racing debut at the NTI Townsville 500 in North Queensland on July 5-7.

While Sprint Challenge has supported Supercars Championship rounds in the past, the category has never competed on a street circuit in its 16-year history.

The spot on the Townsville program effectively replaces Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia at the North Queensland event.

The addition of the Townsville event will allow for the young drivers in the field to gain experience on street circuits prior to their progression through the Porsche Pyramid to Carrera Cup while offering a high-profile event and outstanding location for all competitors to enjoy.

The 2024 series will commence at the Shannons SpeedSeries event at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in Victoria in April, allowing for a longer off-season for teams and drivers to prepare for the year ahead.

From there, the series shifts to Shell V-Power Motorsport Park at The Bend on 31 May – 2 June for the second round, before the trip to North Queensland one month later.

The series will stay North in the winter months, returning to the Shannons SpeedSeries at Queensland Raceway on August 2-4.

A return to the popular NED Whiskey Tasmania Supersprint will add a second Supercars round to the program next year, following a successful and popular return to the Apple Isle this year.

The series will conclude with a two-day event at Sydney Motorsport Park as the key support to the TCR World Tour event at Race Sydney on the November 1-3 weekend.

The full broadcast package will be announced in due course; however, the Supercars rounds will include coverage on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo, with the Townsville event also being broadcast on free-to-air via the Seven Network.

Broadcast details for Shannons SpeedSeries rounds will be confirmed soon.

2024 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia Series Calendar

1. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC (Shannons SpeedSeries) April 12-14
2. Shell V-Power Motorsport Park, SA (Shannons SpeedSeries) May 31-June 2
3. NTI Townsville 500, QLD (Repco Supercars Championship) July 5-7
4. Queensland Raceway, QLD (Shannons SpeedSeries) August 2-4
5. Ned Whiskey Tasmania SuperSprint, TAS (Repco Supercars Championship) August 16-18
6. Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (Race Sydney / SpeedSeries) November 1-3

BARRY HAY – Motorsport Manager, Porsche Motorsport Australia

“The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge takes another step forward in 2024 with what we think is the best calendar yet for the series.

“It mixes incredible permanent circuits, high-profile events and the first opportunity for the Sprint Challenge field to go street circuit racing in Townsville.

“It’s a great opportunity for the series on a major national stage and one of the larger motorsport events on the calendar.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Symmons Plains with the Supercars, and to returning to the Shannons SpeedSeries show with what is looking to be a massive year on that program.

“Sprint Challenge has been incredible this year and we’re incredibly proud of the series and everyone who competes in it. There is no doubt 2024 is shaping up to be even better.”

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