Porsche Motorsport Australia has made the difficult decision to move what was planned to be the second round of Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia at Queensland Raceway.
Our original calendar had the series running with the Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway on April 28-30.
That round will no longer proceed, with Round 2 of the series instead now set for Symmons Plains on May 19-21.
As an alternative to the planned ASBK event, the series will now return to Queensland Raceway at the Shannons SpeedSeries event on August 11-13.
Though the date changes, this move ensures the venue and state remains the same.
Our Queensland round will therefore become the fourth round of the series – following the Sydney SuperNight event with Supercars in late July.
“There are significant differences between two and four-wheeled events – including officiating, broadcast expectations, and important timing logistics – that proved extremely challenging for us to overcome,” Porsche Motorsport Australia Manager Barry Hay explained.
“To deliver the same consistently high level of product that our teams, competitors and supporters are accustomed to, we have elected instead to shift our Queensland trip to the SpeedSeries Program in August.
“We would like to thank Simon Maas and the team at the Australian Superbikes for their efforts to accommodate us, and Adrian Coppin and his team at Motorsport Australia for offering an alternative event.
“We understand the challenges involved; however it is our opinion that this will represent a better outcome in terms of quality of event, broadcast and media exposure not to mention the overall event experience for our PMSC competitors.”
The Porsche Motorsport team will work closely with event organisers on the category schedule at Queensland Raceway, in an effort to best manage the turn-around time between that weekend, and the subsequent Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia round at The Bend Motorsport Park the following week.
The next round of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia Series will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway on May 19-21.
PORSCHE MICHELIN SPRINT CHALLENGERevised 2023 Calendar
Round 1 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, PIARC March Access, March 4-5 (Complete)Round 2 – Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS, Supercars Tasmania SuperSprint, May 19-21 Round 3 – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW, Supercars Sydney SuperNight, July 28-30 Round 4 – Queensland Raceway, QLD, Shannons SpeedSeries, August 11-13 Round 5 – The Bend Motorsport Park, SA, Shannons Motorsport Australia Trophy Series, October 13-15 Round 6 – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW, Supercheap Auto Bathurst International, November 10-12