With two exciting sprint events completed for 2016, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will this weekend enter its first Jim Richards Endurance Trophy event of the season at Winton Motor Raceway.
The third event of 2016 will see the one-make series complete a 35-lap endurance race on Saturday evening as the first leg of the three race endurance series, which also includes endurance races at Sydney Motorsport Park and Queensland Raceway.
Rewarding outright points only, Jaxon Evans and Hamish Hardeman enter the first leg of the ‘The Jim’ enduro title as favourites having been the series front-runners to date. Though history shows that consistency, not outright pace, is vital for Endurance Trophy success. Evans and Hardeman will also have to keep an eye on emerging Porsche Junior Jake Klarich, who continues his rise in the category after just two events.
The intense Elite Class battle will continue at Winton as Tim Miles and David Ryan enter the round with one class round win a piece and will likely continue at the front of the largest class in the field. The rise of Sam Shahin will see the South Australian likely challenge the leading duo, as will newcomer Anthony Gilbertson, who placed third in class at Rennsport, Class B graduates Brian Finn and Jim Campbell and seasoned Class A campaigner, Ross McGregor.
The Winton round will also see the series debut of Chris Stillwell, joining brother Michael Stillwell on the GT3 Cup Challenge grid. The duo will be the first brothers competing together in the series since John and Phil Morriss raced at the Phillip Island finale in 2011.
Four cars will contest the Class B division at Winton, with Danny Stutterd currently leading the class standings. Rennsport round victor Richard Gartner will not make the Winton grid, leaving Stutterd, Michael Tsigeridis, Neville Stewart and Shane Barwood to fight for the round three podium.
Following the 35 lap endurance race on Saturday, the series will hold two 12 lap Sunday races to conclude the race weekend, both of which will be streamed live, along with the entire Sunday race programme, at the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals website, www.thenationals.com.au.
#4 Tim Miles (Elite Class) CSF Radiators/Miles Advisory Partners
#6 Michael Stillwell (Elite Class) Logicar Australia
#8 Neville Stewart (Class B) Asset Partner / Racing Dynamics
#10 Hamish Hardeman (Professional Class) Sonic Motor Racing Services/arris property group
#13 Sam Shahin (Elite Class) HTFU
#16 Chris Stillwell (Elite Class) Stillwell Group
#19 Anthony Gilbertson (Elite Class) Motiv8 Racing/Hallmark Homes
#21 Shane Barwood (Class B) Melbourne Orthopaedic Group
#30 David Ryan (Elite Class) Wrightlands GAM Soltronic
#32 Daniel Stutterd (Class B) FREEM
#72 Jim Campbell (Elite Class) Power Street Racing
#82 Brian Finn (Elite Class) Laser 3D/Force Accessories
#81 Michael Tsigeridis (Class B) Hunter French Real Estate
#91 Jaxon Evans (Professional Class) Simulate-It/Willship
#95 Jake Klarich (Professional Class) Super Rooster
#99 Ross McGregor (Elite Class) Southern Star Windows
Friday June 10, 2016
12:00pm-12:20pm Practice 1 (20 minutes)
3:00pm-3:20pm Practice 2 (20 minutes)
4:00pm Meeting Rides
Saturday June 11, 2016
9:30am-9:50am Practice 3 (20 minutes)
11:45am-12:05pm Qualifying (20minutes)
3:05pm Race 1 (35 laps)
Sunday June 12, 2016
10:25am Race 2 (12 laps)
1:40pm Race 3 (12 laps)