Porsche Cars Australia is pleased to announce its 2023 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge calendar, with the National Porsche One-make Series featuring on a variety of Australia’s premier events throughout the year, ranging from Repco Supercars Championship rounds to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.
Porsche customer teams will again campaign both the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991.2) in both the Pro and Morris Pro-Am class, with Class B providing a home for many new drivers in the 991.1 generation. The 2022 season witnessed some of the most entertaining and intense on track battles in each of the three classes, with the National Series hosting record fields at several rounds.
Now in its 14th year, the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Series kicks-off in early March at the same venue it concluded last season, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The Victorian track is a favourite among Porsche teams and drivers due to its fast, flowing turns which are well suited to the 911 GT3 Cup car.
Teams then head north to Queensland Raceway in April, before one of two Repco Supercar Championship rounds follow on the 19-21 May (NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint) and the 28-30 July (Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight). Both Supercar events are new additions to the Sprint Challenge calendar and offer teams, drivers, partners and fans live race coverage on Foxtel and Kayo Sports with highlights on Channel 7 Plus following each round.
The penultimate round takes place at The Bend Motorsport Park in Tailem Bend for before the Series returns to the infamous Mount Panorama Circuit, as part of the support category line-up for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International in early November.
Barry Hay, Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager: “Despite many of the 2023 Speed Series dates not being feasible for our teams logistically this year – due to their proximity to Carrera Cup rounds – we feel confident we’ve put together an unbelievable calendar with the support of a range of promoters, on some of the country’s biggest events. A real highlight for all our teams, drivers and partners this year will be not only the two Repco Supercar Championship rounds but returning to the Bathurst International event in November next year for our season finale. Phillip Island and The Bend Motorsport Park circuits are both hugely popular with our drivers and well suited to our 911 GT3 Cup cars.”
Rd1 Phillip Island 03-05 March
Rd2 Queensland Raceway 28- 30 April
Rd3 Tasmania SuperSprint 19-21 May
Rd4 Sydney SuperNight 28-30 July
Rd5 The Bend Motorsport Park 13-15 October
Rd6 Bathurst International 09-11 November
*All rounds are subject to change