Porsche to feature record entry list for season opener

The entry list for the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia season opener has been announced, with the youngest ever Pro class confirmed for this weekend’s Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island.

A solid field of 26 cars will do battle at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries event, with 11 Porsche Michelin Juniors boasting an average age of 20-years-old locked for the round.

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Headlining the overall field are a number of returning stars led by 2023 runner-up Aron Shields, 18-year-old sensation Oscar Targett and Hamish Fitzsimmons – all of whom finished last year’s top five for the season.

Joining the trio as a 2023 returnee is West Australian, Caleb Sumich, who will be looking to use his experience to move up the standings in 2024.

Debuting in the series after being accepted into the Porsche Michelin Junior program will be Australian Formula Ford series runner-up, Jake Santalucia, Victorian Formula 3 racer Ben Taylor and Formula Ford graduate Conor Somers, while 17-year-old Slade Orsmond will contest his first full-time season.

There will also be some representation from across the Tasman Sea, with current New Zealand GT4 Champion, Brock Gilchrist, Clay Osborne and New Zealand GT Porsche racer Ayrton Hodson all locked in for the round.

View the entry list.

Rounding out the Pro class is multiple Australian Karting Champion Tyler Greenbury, while the rest of the field will be made up of Pro-Am and Class B drivers – including 2022 Pro-Am champion Brett Boulton and reigning Class B champion, Phil Morriss.

The Pro-Am class will also include some of Morriss’ rivals from last year in 2022 class winner Lachy Harburg and 10-time race winner Brad Carr.

The category will have practice and qualifying on Friday before one race takes place on Saturday and the remaining two on Sunday – the first of which will be the first outing in the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy campaign, with multiple races to feature as part of the live and free 7plus broadcast.

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The Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island is the third round of the 2024 Shannons SpeedSeries season and takes place at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 12-14 April.