Klarich scores maiden podium at Rennsport

thumbMEDIA RELEASE: Jake Klarich has claimed his maiden podium in the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli where he finished third in the Professional Class.

The Porsche Rennsport festival held Round 2 of the 2016 series at the iconic Sydney Motorsport Park circuit.

The first ever Australian Porsche Junior Driver came from a successful first round of the series at Sandown, where he had a learning weekend in the category and finished in seventh place overall.

“I had a great start to the series at Sandown, where I managed to finish in seventh overall and even had a top 5 finish in Race 2.

“This was a good result for us as we came home with a straight car and a lot of experience gained.”

The McElrea Racing pilot qualified third, a personal best for the Perth based racer, before claiming third place in all three Sydney races, including the 25 lap final race which was the first time he had raced in one of the GT3 Cup Challenge long distance races.

“I’m stoked to come away with my first podium in this category. It’s been a huge step up from karting last year and I’m constantly learning and building confidence every time I drive the car.

“We still have a bit of time to find to be able to challenge Jaxon Evans and Hamish Hardeman up the front but it’s only my second round in this category so I’m confident that over the next couple of rounds we will be able to get that little bit closer to them.

“It was great to see my team mate Jaxon claim his maiden win in the category this weekend.

“The 25 lap final race was very challenging. I had a great battle with my other team mate Tim Miles and, once I was able to make the move on him for 3rd place, I made a comfortable gap and focused on trying to put through some consistent laps.

“A huge thank you to all of the boys at McElrea Racing for the awesome weekend, as well as my sponsor Super Rooster, Porsche Cars Australia and Pirelli for the support. We look forward to Round 3 at Winton where we will work hard for hopefully another podium finish.”

After Round 2 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli, Klarich now sits fourth in the outright championship with 110 points after the results on the weekend.

The next round in the championship will be the Shannon’s Nationals round at Winton on June 10-12.