Jordan Love, third place-getter in the 2016 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship, has been awarded with the Jamey Blaikie Scholarship by Porsche Australia.
The West Australian will step into the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia in 2017, making the transition into sports car racing as he aims to follow in the footsteps of Cup Challenge graduate Matt Campbell.
“I’m thrilled to be selected as Australia’s 2017 Porsche Junior and to race in next season’s GT3 Cup Challenge series,” Love said.
“GT3 Cup Challenge is the perfect next step from open wheelers to sports car racing, where I will be able to develop the skills needed to move to Carrera Cup in 2018.
“Obviously Matt Campbell is the best example of this and it’s my ambition to follow in his footsteps – from GT3 Cup Challenge into Carrera Cup. From there, Matt has shown that if you have the talent, you can progress to the international motor sport stage with the support of Porsche.”
The 17-year-old is the second ever recipient of the Jamey Blaikie Scholarship, following the inaugural recipient Jake Klarich, who placed third in his debut GT3 Cup Challenge season in 2016.
Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Kurt Sakzewski, believes that Love will benefit greatly from the programme.
“It’s great to welcome Jordan as our Porsche Junior in 2017,”said Sakzewski.
“While we had many great applications for the scholarship, Jordan best displayed the qualities that we were looking for – namely driving talent, communication skills and future potential from such a programme. We were very impressed with the way Jordan presented himself and we feel that he will be a great ambassador for Porsche in 2017.”
Love, who is also the 2015 AsiaCup Series Champion, finished the 2016 Australian Formula 4 third in the drivers’ standings. Four race wins, round victory at Phillip Island and the U Race It Pole Position at Sandown also highlighted Love’s 2016 season with championship winning squad Team BRM.