Freshly crowned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge champion Jordan Love will make the step up into Porsche Carrera Cup Australia starting at Sandown this weekend.
The 18-year old has just come off the back of a highly impressive season in GT3 Cup Challenge, securing the outright championship at Phillip Island last weekend.
Love shattered multiple records throughout 2017, equalling the most consecutive round wins with four, and achieving a new series benchmark for the most consecutive race wins with 12.
The young racer will remain with his GT3 Cup Challenge championship winning team; Sonic Motor Racing Services for his Carrera Cup appearances at the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast events, while he hopes to secure a deal for next year’s season as well.
“Making the move from GT3 Cup Challenge to Carrera Cup is hugely exciting and probably the biggest challenge of my motor racing career so far,” said Love.
“It has been a great season for me and to race as the second-ever Australian Porsche Junior has been an honour.
“The pathway that Porsche provides has been amazing for young drivers like me, especially for this coming weekend where I step into Carrera Cup having spent a season in a very similar 911 GT3 Cup race car.
“I tested at Sandown last week, which was my first time in the current Carrera Cup car. There were several things to get used to, including the paddle shift and brakes, but my 2011-spec GT3 Cup Challenge car and the 2014-spec Carrera Cup car share many of the same characteristics, which makes the transition a lot easier.
“While not yet confirmed, I’m hopeful to race in Carrera Cup next season. Should that happen then I’ll be better prepared having raced at the tail-end of the 2017 season.”
The West Australian will join his GT3 Cup Challenge rival Brenton Grove, who also recently announced that he will be making his Carrera Cup debut at Sandown with Porsche Centre Melbourne.
Round six of Carrera Cup begins at the Melbourne venue with practice on Friday and the first of three races on Saturday.
Sunday will feature the initiation of the championship’s Endurance Cup, with a 25-lap race prior to the Wilson Security Sandown 500 Supercars event.