Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge young gun Tom McLennan is hoping he can bring the strong momentum from a pre-event test to Round 3 of the title chase at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Many of the leading Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge teams including McLennan as part of McElrea Racing were part of the test day at the venue recently where he impressed. It also provided useful miles around the Eastern Creek-based circuit as McLennan prepares for his first national racing weekend there.
Sitting fifth in the standings after demonstrating frontrunning pace in Tasmania where the second-tier Porsche category also supported the Repco Supercars Championship as it does this weekend as part of the Sydney SuperNight.
McLennan will be aiming to learn as much as possible during Friday’s two practice and qualifying sessions.
Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge will also race under lights right before the Supercars hit the track making for a new experience for many drivers in the field, including McLennan. Two races round out the weekend of action on Sunday.
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“It’s been a long time between drinks, but I’m ready to get back on track at Sydney Motorsport Park,” said McLennan.
“We did a test day with McElrea Racing and a lot of my Pro competitors were there too a couple of weeks ago. It was a fairly confidence building test; we were one of the quickest on used tyres and were up there on a new set. It’s left me excited for a good weekend ahead.
“We’re aiming to climb up the title ladder in Sydney, so another good event this weekend will ensure we go a long way in doing that. We struggled in qualifying last time out and if I rectify this, we’ll be on for a top five across the races.
“It was good to race with the Supercars in Tasmania. It puts on the pressure for everyone, but it’s good to have this environment and the live TV is good as well.
“I’ve only completed a state round in the older spec Porsche at Sydney Motorsport Park making this a new experience for me.”