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Sep 19, 2013

GT3 CUP CHALLENGE HITS 100 AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will this weekend feature its strongest field of the season at its 2013 finale at Phillip Island, with the occasion marking a significant milestone for the popular one-make series.

Concluding its sixth season at the Victorian circuit, Race 2 will be the 100th race of the GT3 Cup Challenge series in Australia with a season-high 18 cars entered for the round.

To mark the momentous occasion, Porsche Cars Australia is offering the use of a current model Porsche 911 road car for one week for both the Professional Class and Elite Class winners of the 100th GT3 Cup Challenge race, to be held on Sunday morning. Each GT3 Cup Challenge race car will also carry a '100 Races' logo to recognise the achievement.

The reward not only increases the significance of the milestone race, it also demonstrations Porsche’s commitment to supporting Porsche racing in Australia at all levels.

The Outright and Professional Class titles have already been secured by young gun Richard Muscat at the penultimate Queensland Raceway round in August; an impressive feat in his rookie season. This leaves Michael Almond, Peter Fitzgerald and Phil Woodbury to fight for second in the Professional Class standings at the Victorian round.

Jack Falla and Jon McCorkindale will also line up in the Professional Class at Phillip Island, as will Fraser Ross, who returns after missing a round due to damage sustained at Sydney Motorsport Park’s fourth round.

The battle for the Elite Class remains open between John Goodacre and Stephen Grove, though the former holds a substantial 51-point lead in the Elite Class standings with 93 points on offer at the Phillip Island finale.

John Morriss remains in contention for second in the Elite Class standings, while Scott Taylor has the ability to move into the top three in the standings with one round remaining.

John Karytinos, Grant Sparks and Steve McFadden will all be present at the Phillip Island round; while Tim Miles, Andrew Macpherson, Sam Shahin and Michael Hovey will all make their first appearance for the season, increasing the field to a season-high 18 entries.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will hold one race on Saturday and two races on Sunday prior to the category’s Presentation Awards Night.

To watch Sunday’s racing from the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, including Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli’s 100th race, visit www.thenationals.com.au to view the live stream.

Race Schedule
Saturday September 21, 2013
9:30am Practice – 15 minutes
11:55am Qualifying – 20 minutes
2:55pm Race 1 – 9 laps

Sunday September 22, 2013
11:00am Race 2 – 9 laps
2:40pm Race 3 – 9 laps