Champions old and new celebrated at Porsche gala
By Brett Murray
Sunday 27th October, 2019 - 11:50pm
The newest and oldest Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia champions were honoured at the category’s annual gala dinner on Sunday night.
Sonic Motor Racing’s Jordan Love collected the major prize on the night after wrapping up one of the closest Carrera Cup championships on the streets of Surfers Paradise earlier in the day.
Not only did Love get his name on the trophy, he also received a trip to the Porsche Ice Experience in Finland which will be taken in March next year as part of his prize.
He will also travel to Germany for the Porsche Night of Champions in December and be provided full entry into next year’s Australian Carrera Cup.
Liam Talbot was awarded the same prize for winning the Pro-Am class.
Love picked up another trip to Europe for the 2019 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout after winning the Michelin Junior Champion title.
This year was the 15th Australian Carrera Cup and Porsche took the opportunity to honour all the previous champions – except Nick Foster (2015), Matt Campbell (2016) and Jaxon Evans (2018) because of current international commitments.
The list of champions were headed by 2003 inaugural winner Jim Richards and four-time champion Craig Baird.
Fabian Coulthard (2005), David Reynolds (2007) and Steve Richards (2014) capped off a busy day after their Supercar commitments with attendance along with 2017 champion David Wall.
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Champion: Jordan Love
TAG Heuer Pro-Am: Liam Talbot
Michelin Junior Champion: Jordan Love (Trip to compete in the 2019 Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout (Europe)
Porsche Teams Championship: Sonic Motor Racing (Loan of a Porsche Cayenne for the 2020 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia season)
TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Award
Pro: Cooper Murray (TAG Heuer Watch)
TAG Heuer Pro-Am: Liam Talbot (TAG Heuer Watch)
Porsche Endurance Cup
Pro: Jordan Love(TAG Heuer watch)
Pro Am: Adrian Flack (TAG Heuer Watch)
Morris Finance Sportsperson of the Year Award: Michael Almond (Trip to the Night of Champions Dinner in Germany, December 2019)
Meguiar’s Best Presented Award: Cameron Hill ($5000 of Meguiar’s Care Car Product)
Mechanic of the Year: Sonic Motor Racing – Jaidyn Job (TAG Heuer watch)
Engineer of the Year: Sonic Motor Racing – Michael Ritter (TAG Heuer watch)
Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Champions
2003 Jim Richards Jim Richards Racing
2004 Alex Davison Greg Murphy Racing
2005 Fabian Coulthard Greg Murphy Racing
2006 Craig Baird VIP Petfoods Racing
2007 David Reynolds Sonic Motor Racing
2008 Craig Baird Fitzgerald Racing Services
2011 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2012 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2013 Craig Baird Alliance Group Racing
2014 Steve Richards Steve Richards Motorsport
2015 Nick Foster Sonic Motor Racing
2016 Matt Campbell McElrea Racing
2017 David Wall Wall Racing
2018 Jaxon Evans McElrea Racing
2019 Jordan Love Sonic Motor Racing