In 2022, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia celebrates its 14th season in Australia. The series became a reality in 2008 when a group of enthusiasts took their Porsche race cars to Mallala in South Australia to kick start a four-round mini-series. Now managed by Porsche Cars Australia, the series has developed into one of Australia’s best and most professionally run racing series offering Porsche enthusiasts progressing from state level championships an opportunity to compete in the previous generation 911 GT3 Cup cars in a competitive and welcoming environment.
For young drivers, the series is a launch pad in their pursuit of a professional motor racing career. Several drivers have used Sprint Challenge to gain experience in a high-performance sports car before their journey up the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid. The ultimate example of the success of this pathway of Matt Campbell. After winning the Class B title in 2014, Campbell raced two Carrera Cup seasons, winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Pro championship in 2016 and claiming success at the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout, which promoted the Queenslander to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as a Porsche Junior.
Third in the Supercup saw Campbell promoted to a Porsche Young Professional role and an extensive Porsche factory race programme in 2018. In 2019, Campbell was part of the Bathurst 12 Hour Earl Bamber Motorsport winning team and for 2020 was named as full Porsche factory driver, which he remains until today.
Jaxon Evans would also finish runner-up in the 2016 Sprint Challenge season before going on to win the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship. Following in the footsteps of Campbell, Evans was victorious in the Junior Programme Shootout before launching into an international racing career with Porsche as an official Porsche Junior driver in the 2019. Evans has gone onto compete in the Le Mans 24 Hr and is a two-time Carrera Cup champion, finishing runner-up in the 2021 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup Championship.
Racing at Motorsport Australia Championships events in 2022, the series retains Michelin as its Title Partner and official Tyre Supplier. For Pro and Pro-Am competitors alike, Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia will continue as one of Australia’s best national racing series in 2022.
Races will be broadcast LIVE on Stan Sport and SBS with livestream coverage across Motorsport Australia
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2022 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge races will be broadcast LIVE on Stan Sport and SBS with livestream coverage across Motorsport Australia:
|Rd1 Sydney Motorsport Park||27-29 May||Stan Sport|
|Rd2 Phillip Island||24-26 June||SBS / Motorsport Australia|
|Rd3 Queensland Raceway||05-07 Aug||Stan Sport|
|Rd4 Sandown||16-18 Sept||Stan Sport|
|Rd5 The Bend||21-23 Oct||SBS / Motorsport Australia|
|Rd6 Bathurst Intl||11-13 Nov||Stan Sport|
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991 GEN II)
The Production: Resolutely one line. The 911 represents over 50 years of motorsports history. And a major contributor to over 30,000 racing victories. Every Porsche 911 is also the platform for a pure-bred race car – the 911 GT3 Cup. Entirely in keeping with Ferry Porsche’s dream: to create a sports car capable of winning on the race track. The 911 GT3 Cup and the 911 have more in common than the three legendary digits in their name.
They originate from the same production line from Porsche principal production facility in Zuffenhausen. It is only once they are fully assembled that their paths diverge. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup receives its finishing touches in Porsche Motorsport’s headquarters in Weissach so that, ultimately, it lives up to its calling: uncompromising performance on the race track.
Over the seasons, Sprint Challenge is being used as a launch pad for young drivers’ motor racing careers. These drivers, who are racing a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991.II) car, have traditionally formed the Pro class in Sprint Challenge. While both the 2020 and 2021 Sprint Challenge Championships were not concluded due to Covid travel restrictions. The 2019 Pro Champion was Harri Jones. Other noteworthy Pro drivers have included Richard Muscat, Jaxon Evans, Dylan O’Keeffe and Matt Campbell, who won the final round of the 2014 season in the Pro division having already secured the Class B crown.
Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia is just as much about the Pro-Am racer as it is of the drivers competing for outright victory. The Pro-Am class is exclusively for semi-professional drivers racing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991.II) car. These drivers do not seek to make a profession from motor racing nor do they seek to earn an income from racing duties. Instead, the Pro-Am racer consists of business leaders with a willingness to race sports cars. Or more specifically, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
2008 - 4 round series
2009 - 6 round series
2010 - 6 round series
2011 - 6 round series
2012 - 6 round series
2013 - 6 round series (Pro)
2013 - 6 round series (Elite)
2014 - 6 round series (Class A)
2014 - 6 round series (Class B)
2015 - 6 round series (Pro)
2015 - 6 round series (Elite)
2015 - 6 round series (Class B)
2016 - 6 round series (Pro)
2016 - 6 round series (Elite)
2016 - 6 round series (Class B)
2017 - 6 round series (Pro)
2017 - 6 round series (Elite)
2017 - 6 round series (Class B)
2018 - 6 round series (Pro)
2018 - 6 round series (Pro-Am)
2018 - 6 round series (Class B)
2019 - 6 round series (Pro)
2019 - 6 round series (Pro-Am)
2019 - 6 round series (Class B)
Jim Richards Endurance Championship
About Jim Richards Endurance Championship
Porsche Sprint Challenge is a series based around sprint races, though its long-distance ‘series within a series’ has proven to be a popular element.
The Jim Richards Endurance Trophy debuted in 2011, traditionally featuring one long distance race per round. The highest outright point scorer form these longer format races will then become the Endurance Champion and receive the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy at the end of the season.
Jim Richards Endurance Trophy Champions
Porsche Cars Australia and Michelin Australia have joined forces to launch one of Australian motorsport’s most extensive driver development programmes, providing total benefits of up to $300,000. The Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia supports seven young drivers across Australia’s two Porsche one-make series – Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia and Carrera Cup Australia – providing all Michelin Juniors financial support by way of entry fee support and an allocation of Michelin race tyres, along with access to training, mentorship and education throughout the racing season.
The Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia will consist of two teams – the GT3 Cup Challenge Junior Team, consisting of three drivers, and the four-driver Carrera Cup Junior Team.