Team Porsche New Zealand (TPNZ) and Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) have announced their 2024 Carrera Cup Australia drivers, and applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia scholarship seat.
The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia scholarship driver for the 2024 season is Zac Stichbury. Stichbury has graduated from competing in the 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge through the scholarship programme to the main scholarship seat in the 2024 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series.
In his first year competing with TPNZ, Stichbury is currently ranked third in the 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia. The 991.2 GT3 Cup Car has been a stand-out on the grid after the team unveiled the iconic Whittaker’s Chocolate ‘Peanut Slab’ themed livery earlier this year.
“I’m so excited and grateful to step up into the scholarship’s main seat next year,” said Stichbury. “It’s such an amazing opportunity, and I can’t thank the team at Porsche New Zealand and EBM enough for their ongoing support and guidance. I’m looking forward to continuing learning and developing in these last few rounds of Sprint Challenge this year to end on a good result leading into competing alongside Marco (Giltrap) in Carrera Cup next year”
In addition, it has been announced that Marco Giltrap is also going to compete for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2024 in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season.
After 4 of 6 rounds in the 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia Championship, Giltrap is currently leading the series. Earl Bamber Motorsport will be managing both drivers in the 2024 season, increasing the driver count for the Carrera Cup Australia grid to two for TPNZ in 2024.
“I am extremely excited to be joining Team Porsche New Zealand for another season, joining Porsche Carrera Cup Australia next year,” said Giltrap. “We have already achieved so much this year, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for the rest of the 2023 and 2024 season.”
Team Porsche New Zealand (TPNZ) is also opening the application process for its scholarship programme to support a young Kiwi motorsport talent to drive in the 2024 Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia series.
This will be the fourth year that Porsche New Zealand is running the scholarship program, after the success of Matthew Payne in 2021 and Callum Hedge and Ryan Wood in 2022. In 2023, Zac Stichbury has been driving in the Sprint Challenge scholarship seat, however, it has been announced in 2024 he will be graduating into the Carrera Cup seat, which has been held by Callum Hedge for his second year in 2023.
Applications are open until 30th September 2023. To apply for this scholarship, candidates will need to attach a CV as well as a 300-word summary of why they should be the next Team Porsche New Zealand Driver. A short list of applicants will then be chosen for interviews and assessments before a final selection will be made.
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