The Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia series is heating up as it enters the second half of the season, with three Kiwis leading the way in the standings.
GT New Zealand champion Marco Giltrap has built a massive 105-point lead over the field ahead of this weekend’s Round 4 at Queensland Raceway, while compatriot Ronan Murphy sits second. Zac Stichbury rounds out the top three, four points ahead of Sydney round winner Aron Shields.
Before the round at Sydney Motorsport Park, which was run in support of the Supercars Sydney SuperNight event, Kiwis had won five of the six races, four of which were from Giltrap. He was the only Kiwi to feature on the podium in Sydney, and two further fourth-placed results saw him extend his lead.
Former Toyota Formula Regional Oceania competitor Tom McClennan also returns to action, albeit with a new team, jumping from McElrea Racing to Earl Bamber Motorsport ahead of his home race.
Nash Morris, son of former Supercars star Paul Morris, is another confirmed entry, having stunned the field in his series debut in Sydney, taking pole and two race wins.
This weekend’s SpeedSeries round also features GT World Challenge Australia, the Australian National Trans-Am Series, TCR Australia and the V8 Touring Car Series.
The Porsche Sprint Challenge hits the track for two practice sessions on Friday before returning that evening for qualifying (6.05 pm NZ Time)
Race 1, scheduled for 20 minutes in length, begins at 3.00 pm on Saturday, followed by Race 2 at 7.05 pm. The 45-minute Jim Richards’ enduro cup race is on Sunday at 11.10 am.
Races 1 and 2 will be shown live on the Speed Series website, with no broadcast available for Race 3.
Following the round at Queensland Raceway, the series takes a two-month break before returning for a meet at The Bend (October 13-15) and Bathurst (November 09-11), running in support of the Bathurst International.