Porsche is proving to become a popular destination for many of our CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship graduates, with three racers competing this weekend at The Bend.
The highly anticipated The Bend Motorsport Park officially hosts its first event this weekend with the Shannons Nationals, with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia participating.
2015 AGI Sport driver Jimmy Vernon was recently announced as a recipient of Porsche’s Junior programme, coming off the back of his success winning the Toyota 86 Racing Series crown last year.
Vernon joins McElrea Racing, in the 2016 Carrera Cup title winning ex-Matt Campbell and ex-Jaxon Evans 911 GT3 Porsche.
“I looked at racing in GT3 Cup Challenge after seeing Matt Campbell and his rise with Porsche,” Vernon said.
“I’m now with McElrea Racing, who has proven that this is possible. So with their knowledge, I hope to rise up the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid with the team.”
Last season’s GT3 Cup Challenge winner Jordan Love this year extends his Porsche career in Carrera Cup Australia, also as a Porsche Junior.
2016 Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year Simon Fallon, and 2017 CAMS Foundation Rising Star, will also make the switch to GT3 Cup Challenge aboard Love’s car from last year.
Luis Leeds also makes a return to Australia, fresh from a stint in British F4 and Formula Renault, racing a 23Red prepared Porsche.
The trio aren’t the only former Formula 4 drivers on the grid, Newcastle racer Sage Murdoch makes the switch to the Australian Prototype Series in 2018 with Jam Motorsport.
In a homecoming of sorts, Thomas Randle will also race the famous SAAB Sports Sedan his father Dean Randle won the series in 2006.