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Sunshine Coast racing driver, Harri Jones, continues to climb the ladder of Australian motorsport and will make his Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup debut at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 later this month.
At just 20 years of age and racing in his first year of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge (feeder category to Carrera Cup), Harri’s exceptional talent is shining through. Under the expert guidance of his team at McElrea Racing, Harri has piloted his HeliMods Porsche through five rounds at Symmons Plains, Phillip Island, Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway and Sandown. He currently sits atop the leader board with a 92 point margin preceeding the final round at The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia in November.
Harri has already won a major trophy in 2019, being awarded the prestigious Jim Richards Endurance Trophy at the recent Sandown event. Named in honour of the Australasian racing legend, Jim Richards, the Trophy was first held in 2011 as an Endurance series within the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Championship.
Harri explains, “The first five events this year have included one endurance race within the three race formats. These races have been tough and hard fought, so it really means a lot to come away with the Jim Richards Endurance championship win.”
He is also quietly confident of securing the overall championship but continues to focus on the journey not the destination.
“We are in a great position coming into the final round of the championship. I won the Australian Formula 3 Championship at The Bend last year, so it’s certainly a special place for me. However, there is still a big task at hand, so there are no grounds for complacency here”
Andy McElrea, Founder and Team Principal at McElrea Racing is thrilled with Harri’s progress.
“A year ago, we were excited to get our hands on Harri, the recently crowned F3 champion”, says Andy.
“This year, he has not only lived up to, but exceeded our expectations with a healthy lead in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge with one weekend to go at Tailem Bend in November. He works in the team and runs our driver development simulator and is clearly a very smart kid and fast learner, but most importantly, blindingly fast, which is why he has earned the opportunity to do a round of the Carrera Cup championship in preparation for his rookie Carrera Cup campaign in 2020.”
“We have no doubt he will follow former MR young guns Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans up the Porsche pyramid and a full-time career in Europe.”
Will Shrapnel, Founder and Managing Director of Naming sponsor HeliMods, also commented on Harri’s season so far.
“It’s been so exciting to see Harri go from absolute strength to strength throughout his first Porsche season. His dedication, drive and determination to be at the very top of his game in such a high-performance sport is both amazing to see and also very aligned with our own team values at HeliMods.
“To be able to support one of our own team members through this kind of competitive progression is a great experience for the whole HeliMods team, who have cheered Harri on from the sidelines at every race this season, so we could not be more excited for Harri’s next step up into Porsche Payce Carrera Cup.”
For the moment though, Harri’s focus is on preparation for his exciting debut in the pinnacle of Porsche Motorsport in Australia at the Gold Coast 600, October 25-27.
“I’m absolutely stoked to be given the opportunity to make my Carrera Cup debut on the streets of the Surfers Paradise”, said Harri.
“It’s an iconic event and will give me a taste for whats to come in 2020″
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