Another young, Queensland driver will step-up from TGRA 86 Series into the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series this year with McElrea Racing. Lachlan Bloxsom hails from a Porsche enthusiast family, where his father, Jonathan, contested both the V8 Ute series as well as the Aussie Racing Car series in the past.
When Lachlan was 14, his father bought Broc Feeney’s Hyundai Excel and the talented youngster came under the guidance of Paul Morris and Norwell Motorplex, entering his first race in 2020 at Queensland Raceway.
In 2021, 16 year-old Bloxsom entered two rounds of the TGRA 86 Series in Townsville and Bathurst and was one of six young drivers selected by Erebus Racing to test in the Erebus V8 Supercar at Queensland Raceway at the end of the season.
The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series is the first big step in the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid for many of the best young drivers in Australia, who have subsequently gone onto succeed not only in the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship, but foster professional careers at the highest levels of the sport locally and internationally.
Some of the young drivers to ascend the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid in recent years under the guidance of McElrea Racing include the likes of Matt Campbell, Jaxon Evans and Cooper Murray, as well as 2019 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Champion, Harri Jones, who will be one of the strong favourites for the 2022 Carrera Cup Mobil Pro Championship title.
Along with Jones, McElrea Racing will also support other Junior drivers across both series including Bayley Hall, Jackson Walls and Christian Pancione, with Driver Coaching and mentorship from Warren Luff. Bloxsom’s 2022 campaign will be supported by Harvey Norman, Opteon Property Group, Hart Sport and Cruisemaster.
Lachlan Bloxsom: “I’m excited to join McElrea Racing for the 2022 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series. It’s the next stage of my career to transition from (Hyundai) Excels and (Toyota) 86s now into the Porsche 911. It is really important for young drivers like myself to progress up through the ranks and get knowledge from the Pro and Pro-Am drivers within the McElrea team.”
Andy McElrea, Team Principal, McElrea Racing: “It’s exciting for the team to announce that Lockie will be with us next year. He’s another talented young kid and we looking forward to getting our hands onto him and turning him into a Porsche star. We like to think of our approach with Junior drivers as a holistic approach, mentoring the kids, getting them into the workshop and getting to know them and their families, working out what makes them tick. We’re excited to look after Lockie this year and the next few years beyond that.”
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