Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli will officially crown three champions this weekend as the series prepares for the final round of the 2017 championship.
While David Greig has sealed the Class B title and Jordan Love has his hands firmly on the Professional Class and Outright wins, the Elite Class is proving to be the highlight of the Phillip Island round with just seven points separating the lead duo of Anthony Gilbertson and Sam Shahin.
Consistent results and an outright victory at the season opening Sandown round handed Shahin the early lead in the class standings, though an impressive run of form from Gilbertson, which included eight wins from the past nine races, placed the Queensland based racer seven point ahead leading into Phillip Island with just three races remaining for the season.
“I can’t wait for Phillip Island,” said Gilbertson. “I’m just going to continue doing the same thing that I’ve been doing. I’ve focused on being aggressive in qualifying and making sure I gain strong starts and remain clean throughout the races. Hopefully if I do that I can gain the points needed at Phillip Island to be on top by the end of the season.”
While unlikely, John Karytinos and John Morriss also remain in contention for the Elite Class victory leading into Phillip Island.
Meanwhile Jordan Love’s record-breaking season at the front of the field, in which he has become the first driver to score 10 straight race wins, places him as firm favourite to become the 2017 Outright and Professional Class champion. While Love needs to claim a top-eight position in race one to secure the title, the West Australian is eager to continue his record-setting win streak at the Victorian venue.
“There are still three more races to go in the championship and plenty of points up for grabs. We’ll go into Phillip Island with the same attitude as I entered Queensland Raceway and try to come away with a few more wins and, importantly, the series title,” said Love.
Brenton Grove sits second in the Outright and Professional Class standings after an ultra-consistent season, which has seen him place in the top three in all but one race throughout the opening five rounds.
While David Greig secured the Class B title at the penultimate Queensland Raceway event, the addition of Brendon Cook and Andrew Goldie will make for a tremendous battle in the class for first generation 997-series 911 GT3 Cup cars.
The final round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series will be held across the Friday and Saturday of the Shannons Nationals event at Phillip Island, with the series’ Awards Night to be held on Saturday evening.
Friday September 08, 2017
9:40am Practice 1 (30 minutes)
11:35am Practice 2 (30 minutes)
2:15pm Qualifying (20 minutes)
Saturday September 09, 2017
9:15am Race 1 (11 laps)
11:35am Race 2 (11 laps)
3:10pm Race 3 (11 laps)
Entry List: Round 6
#11 Brendan Cook (Class B) Cairns Steel Fabrication
#13 Sam Shahin (Elite Class) HTFU
#16 John Karytinos (Elite Class) Richmonds Automotive
#19 McElrea Racing (Elite Class) Hallmark Homes
#21 Shane Barwood (Elite Class) Melbourne Orthopaedic Group
#22 Andrew Goldie (Class B)
#23 Grove Motorsport Pty Ltd (Professional Class) Grove Hire
#29 Rob Woods (Elite Class) Platinum Nightclub
#34 John Morriss (Elite Class) Motorsport Leasing P/L
#65 Ben Stack (Elite Class) DNA Racing
#78 Group Racing (Professional Class) Zagame Autosport
#79 Jordan Love (Professional Class) Sonic Motor Racing / Quintis
#87 David Greig (Class B)
#88 Phil Morriss (Elite Class) Morriss Racing Services
#99 Ross McGregor (Elite Class) Southern Star Windows