Porsche confirms GT3 Cup Challenge juniors

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Porsche has confirmed the three drivers who will join the Michelin Junior program within this season’s Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series.

Jimmy Vernon, Max Vidau, and Chelsea Angelo will receive financial benefits, an allocation of Michelin tyres, access to training, mentorship and education throughout the year.

The GT3 Cup Challenge Michelin Junior program is an extension of the Michelin Juniors program introduced into Carrera Cup earlier this season.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Junior Programme, which will provide a huge opportunity for me at this stage of my career,” said Angelo, who has joined the series with Wall Racing for 2018.

“I’m looking forward to work closely with Porsche and Michelin during the 2018 season.

“My goal has always been to reach Supercars, but to see drivers like Matt Campbell, Jaxon Evans and Jordan Love use GT3 Cup Challenge as a platform into Carrera Cup – and in Matt’s case, into Europe – has certainly opened my eyes to the Porsche pathway.

“Being a Michelin Junior, I feel, will help in my pursuit of progressing my motorsport career.”

Vernon enters GT3 Cup Challenge after winning the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2017, and will drive the car Matt Campbell drove to victory in Carrera Cup in 2016.

“I looked at racing in GT3 Cup Challenge after seeing Matt Campbell and his rise with Porsche. 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,” Vernon said.

“If you look at brands like Porsche, they have involvement in motorsport worldwide and I hope that I can continue with Porsche to ultimately replicate the path of someone like Matt Campbell,” Vidau added.

“Not only has Matt secured international endurance drives with Porsche, but he has also maintained a racing presence in Australia with his Supercars enduro duties.”

The trio will form part of the 26-car field at this weekend’s Shannons Nationals season opener at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge has three races across the weekend, with practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday.

Entry List: Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia

Car Team Driver Class
2 Tectaloy UNLMTD Racing Dan Day Pro
7 Jimmy Vernon Pro
10 Hallmarc Michael  Loccisano Pro-Am
13 The Bend /htfu Sam Shahin Pro-Am
17 360 Motorsport/Valmont Marcel  Zalloua Pro-Am
21 Melbourne Orthopaedic Group Shane  Barwood Pro-Am
22 Woodford Trailers Andrew Goldie Class B
23 The Porsche Broker Daniel Stutterd Pro-Am
26 Taplin Real Estate Tom Taplin Class B
29 Platinum Night Club Broadbeach Rob  Woods Pro-Am
36 Lodge Bros Racing Cooper Murray Pro
38 PAYCE/Wilson Security Chelsea Angelo Pro
50 Wall Racing/JBA Carpet Court/Feltex Carpets Adrian Lengbeek Class B
57 Okey Dokey Richard  Bloomfield Class B
65 DNA Racing Ben Stack Pro-Am
73 Triffid Bar & Venue Michael  Hovey Pro-Am
76 VCM Performance Christian  Pancione Class B
77 Sonic / Bob Jane T Marts Max  Vidau Pro
84 Bold Living Brett  Boulton Pro-Am
88 Morriss Racing Services Phil  Morriss Class B
91 TBC Emanuel Palyaris Class B
96 Sonic Motor Racing Simon  Fallon Pro
99 Southern Star Windows Ross McGregor Pro-Am
131 Sonic / Williams Racing Graham Williams Pro-Am
222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Pro-Am
230 OPS Gateway Luis Leeds Pro

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