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Jun 29, 2015

GOODACRE HITS 30 AS PORSCHE ENDURO SEASON CONTINUES

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will continue its mid-season endurance mode at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend as series stalwart John Goodacre becomes the first racer to reach 30 round starts.

In its first Sydney appearance since last year’s Top Gear Festival, GT3 Cup Challenge will hold its second Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race of the season.

The first endurance race at Winton was won by Ryan Simpson, with the series newcomer leading the endurance standings from Jon McCorkindale and Dylan O’Keeffe. The 30 lap race on Saturday evening will be followed by two nine lap races on Sunday.

As GT3 Cup Challenge enters its 43rd round since 2008, experienced South Australian Goodacre will line up for his 30th round start in the Porsche series.

Goodacre made his series debut in 2010 and has since claimed four outright race wins, three outright round wins and the 2013 Elite Class title. Goodacre leads the current Elite Class standings after two rounds and suggests he still enjoys his racing, especially with this season’s high level of competition.

“The Elite Class is really good this year. It’s fantastic racing with [Geoff] Emery; we seem to have similar speed and there’s a great rivalry between us. We’ve had a lot of close racing with no contact so it’s been great racing with him. And some of the young guys like O’Keeffe and [James] Abela are starting to move towards the front. It’s great having this level of competition in the series.”

The competitive Class B field will be boosted by the return of Grant Sparks, who last raced in the Porsche series at the 2014 Phillip Island season finale. A mere six points separate top three drivers in the Class B standings, with Jaxon Evans leading from fellow young gun Aaron Seton and the ultra-consistent Brian Finn.

Simpsons holds a 52 point lead at the top of the outright standings from McCorkindale and O’Keeffe. Simpson also leads the Professional Class standings from second placed O’Keeffe and McCorkindale, while Goodacre is leading the Elite Class points from Emery and John Karytinos.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will complete two unofficial practice sessions on Friday. Official practice and qualifying on Saturday will be followed by the 30 lap endurance race that evening and the two remaining nine lap races on Sunday.

Race Schedule
Friday July 03, 2015

12:35pm – Practice 1* (30 minutes)
2:55pm – Practice 2* (30 minutes)
4:45pm – Sponsor Rides* (15 minutes)
Saturday July 04, 2015
11:00am – Practice 3 (20 minutes)
1:20pm – Qualifying (30 minutes)
4:00pm – Race 1 (30 laps)
Sunday July 05, 2015
10:15am – Race 2 (9 laps)
1:15pm – Race 3 (9 laps)
*unofficial sessions

Entry List – Round 3
#2 Scott Taylor - Elite Class (Scott Taylor Motorsport)
#3 Jono Taylor - Professional Class (Orrcon Steel/Taylor Engineering)
#4 Tim Miles - Elite Class (Autobarn)
#5 David Ryan - Elite Class (Wrightlands Property Group)
#8 Dylan O'Keeffe - Professional Class (Dexion/Phoenix Lubricants/Allstar Equipment Sales)
#13 Sam Shahin - Elite Class (htfu)
#16 John Karytinos - Elite Class (Kinpath Group)
#21 Shane Barwood - Class B (Melbourne Orthopaedic Group)
#30 Aaron Seton - Class B (Scott Taylor Motorsport)
#44 Grant Sparks - Class B (Merry Sparks Art)
#48 Geoff Emery - Elite Class (Emery Motorsport)
#54 James Abela - Professional Class (Horsley Park Gun Shop)
#66 John Goodacre - Elite Class (GAP Solutions)
#69 Jon McCorkindale - Professional Class (Dial Before You Dig)
#72 Jim Campbell - Class B (Power Street Racing)
#82 Brian Finn - Class B (Laser 3D/Force Acessories)
#88 Ryan Simpson - Professional Class (Sonic/Parramatta Smash Repairs)
#91 Jaxon Evans - Class B (McElrea Racing/N2C)
#99 Ross McGregor - Elite Class (Southern Star Windows)