Trans-Tasman Porsche relationship to grow following Taupo success

THE success of the first Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia round in New Zealand will lead to a furthering of the trans-Tasman relationship between Porsche Motorsport entities on both sides of the ditch.

That’s the word from both Aussie and Kiwi Porsche Motorsport Management following a hugely successful weekend at the ITM Taupo Super400 event.

Nineteen Type 992 Porsche GT3 Cup Cars were freighted to New Zealand to compete at Taupo last weekend alongside the Repco Supercars Championship, joined by two local entries to create the largest one-make grid of Porsche GT3 Cup Cars in New Zealand for decades.

The effort required a significant collaboration between Porsche Motorsport Australia and Porsche Motorsport New Zealand and resulted in a hugely successful weekend.

Flow-on effects will include the two New Zealand entries – Sam Fillmore and Rick Armstrong – joining the Australian championship later this year.

Having both been rewarded with podium finishes in the SP Tools Pro-Am class at the weekend, the pair are already planning to contest several rounds in Australia later this year as a direct result of having competed last weekend.

“The Taupo weekend was a huge success and great for the brand on both sides of the Tasman,” said Nathan Pilcher, Porsche Motorsport New Zealand Coordinator. “First and foremost, Rick and Sam had a fantastic weekend and showed that our top guys in Porsche competition in New Zealand can absolutely compete head-to-head with the best in Carrera Cup.

“They’re well advanced in planning to come and compete in several Aussie rounds later this year. Porsche Motorsport has a huge and important history in New Zealand and having Carrera Cup on our shores was a key element in our plans to build it to a level where we know it can be.

“There’s already huge involvement by Kiwi’s in Carrera Cup and Sprint Challenge and we want to build that, while having a really strong base at home for them to use as a launching pad to Australia and beyond, or just as a great place to race a Cup Car or GT3 car.

“We’ve all got some great ideas about how we can grow the brand here in collaboration with what our Aussie cousins are doing, and this weekend was a huge and vital part of that.”

Other Kiwi competitors have also shown interest in potential Carrera Cup cameos later this year.

Meanwhile, the opportunity to showcase the Australasian region’s top one-make championship along with its teams and drivers to the New Zealand Motorsport scene, resulted in significant interest from all areas of the sport across the Tasman.

Both parties will also work closely to open potential opportunities for Aussie competitors to compete in key Porsche-supported events in New Zealand, including the GT New Zealand Championship.

Plans are in place to continue to build the collaborative efforts between the Porsche Motorsport teams on both sides of the Tasman in a bid to continue growing the brand both in Australia and in New Zealand.

David Russell (Equity-One Pro) and Adrian Flack (SP Tools Pro-Am) claimed the respective class victories in the Taupo round at the weekend.

Porsche Motorsport Australia thanks the support of Porsche New Zealand, the Giltrap Group, Gibson Freight and other key partners who made the international effort a success, as well as the support of the teams and drivers for their efforts.

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