Lachlan Harburg steps up to Porsche National Series with McElrea Racing at Queensland Raceway
Round 2 of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia at Queensland Raceway this weekend will feature a name that dates back to the pioneering days of the Australian Porsche Cup in the early 1990’s.
Lachlan Harburg will be making his debut in the Autohouse Racing 991.1 Generation 911 GT3 Cup Car in the contest for Class B honours. Harburg has been learning his graft in older 997-Generation machinery in State-level competition over the last few years, and now stepping up into an ex-McElrea Racing 991 Generation machine.
Lachlan is son of long-time Porsche campaigner Peter Harburg, who was one of the founding competitors in the Australian Porsche Cup in the early 1990s, and went onto have a tenure in the series for over a decade.
Lachlan Harburg: “Having the privilege of making my debut in a National-level Porsche Racing Series means an awful lot to me. I grew up running around Australian Racing Circuits in the 1990s when my Dad was competing in Porsche Cup, which laid the foundation for Carrera Cup as we know it today. Needless to say Porsche Motorsport has been in the blood since the very early days, and I honestly can’t ever see myself racing anything else.”
“Competing in this series was always a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’, so to finally put a program together where we can be a part of it is absolutely surreal. I’m under no illusion as to how competitive this field is, so this weekend is being treated purely as a steep learning curve for me and our very humble operation. I’ve been working with (Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship Leader) Harri Jones in recent months which has been hugely beneficial for find lap time, as well as understanding a more comprehensive approach to driving a race car. To be able to integrate my passion of Motorsport into my Automotive Businesses of The Autohouse (Car Storage) and The Cover Shop (Automotive Cover Specialist) is a massive win, as the Motorsport market is a vital one for both of our operations. I’m absolutely pumped to roll out with a very healthy field of Porsches on Friday morning.”
Following two practice sessions and a qualifying on Friday, both Saturday’s two 14 lap Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge sprint races and Sunday’s 45-minute Enduro will be broadcast LIVE on Stan Sport.
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BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Stan Sport
Saturday 6 August
11:15-11:35 Race 1 (14 laps)
14:10-14:30 Race 2 (14 laps)
11:10-11:55 Race 3 (35 laps)