It’s a story that starts at the infamous turn eight at the Adelaide 500 circuit and continues to remarkable success at Albert Park.
This 2014-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was first campaigned by Adelaide racer Michael Almond, who took delivery of the first generation 991-series racer at the official Porsche Carrera Cup Australia pre-season test on January 16, 2014, at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Two months later, the car joined the 23-car Carrera Cup field, though was soon sidelined after heavy impact with the inside wall at the exit of turn eight during qualifying. Quick repair work by the Adelaide-based Buik Motorworks had the car back on track for race two, where Almond charged through the field to place 13th. Ultimately, Almond would finish seventh in the championship.
Cam McConville was slated to race the 911 GT3 Cup for the 2015 season and had a strong start to the year, placing second outright at Albert Park for round two. Following a frustrating Pro-Am event at Phillip Island, where McConville was joined by John Goodacre, the former Supercars racer was forced to depart the series leaving room for the incoming John Martin. The Queensland racer campaigned the Buik-run GT3 Cup for the remainder of the season.
In 2016, Alex Davison would replace Martin with immediate success. At round two, Davison was dominant at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, winning three of the four Carrera Cup races at the Melbourne event. A strong performance for the remainder of the season, which included four more race victories, saw Davison place second in the standings to the unstoppable Matt Campbell.
McConville would return to the GT3 Cup the following season and, again, take the car to Albert Park victory lane, and ultimately place seventh for the season.
Thereafter, the car was purchased by Supercars team 23Red Racing, which would run it in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series with young international open wheel ace Luis Leeds for the 2018 season.
Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia
2014: Michael Almond, John Karytinos (Pro-Am)
2015: Cam McConville, John Goodacre (Pro-Am), John Martin
2016: Alex Davison, David Calvert-Jones (Pro-Am)
2017: Cam McConville, Tony Bates (Pro-Am)
Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia
2018: Luis Leeds