SERIES HEADS TO FASTEST ISLAND IN AUSTRALIA - PHILLIP ISLAND

SERIES HEADS TO FASTEST ISLAND IN AUSTRALIA - PHILLIP ISLAND

After two thrilling Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia rounds, the one-make sports car series returns for round three at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with 25 entries as the three-class battle continues.

Luis Leeds enters the Phillip Island round off the back of his maiden Porsche podium at Sandown.

Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia will feature two practice sessions on Friday, qualifying and race one on Saturday and two additional sprint races on Sunday.

As per all Shannons Nationals events, Sunday’s racing, including the final two Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia races of the weekend, can be viewed live on the event’s live stream, available from the Shannons Nationals’ website at www.thenationals.com.au and Facebook page.

STRONG SANDOWN ROUND SEES PODIUM AND POINTS

STRONG SANDOWN ROUND SEES PODIUM AND POINTS

A strong and consistent performance during Round 2 of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia at Sandown Raceway, saw Luis take third place on the Pro round podium, claiming two thirds and a second place over the 3 race weekend.

Cooper Murray took the round win while Danny Stutterd and David Greig were the best of their respective classes.

Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia returns for round three at Phillip Island on June 01-03, 2018.

SWEET PODIUM FOR LUIS AT SANDOWN - RACE 1

SWEET PODIUM FOR LUIS AT SANDOWN - RACE 1

In tough and testing Melbourne wintery conditions, Luis has taken a third place podium position, during Race 1 of Round 2, of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series, at Sandown.

The podium is the second one of the season for the former Red Bull junior and has seen Luis add more points to his championship challenge.

Victorian Simon Fallon took the victory over Chelsea Angelo and Max Vidau, with Leeds closing to within 3 tenths of a second on the final lap but Vidau was later handed a post race penalty which saw Luis claim third spot.

LUIS NEAR TOP IN WET SANDOWN PRACTICE

LUIS NEAR TOP IN WET SANDOWN PRACTICE

In tough and testing Melbourne wintery conditions, Luis has shown strong pace, recording the third fastest time during Friday practice for Round 2 of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series, at Sandown.

Cooper Murray was the best of the 21-strong Porsche field in opening practice when the Melbourne weather was at its worst, while Max Vidau was the quickest in the dryer second session.

Vidau’s time of 1:20.2474 was posted on his final lap of practice two, 0.4secs ahead of Murray. Luis Leeds, Chelsea Angelo and Simon Fallon finished closely behind the leading duo with the third, fourth and fifth quickest practice times.

PODIUMS AND POINTS FLOW AT THE BEND

PODIUMS AND POINTS FLOW AT THE BEND

A third place podium and consistent speed all weekend has seen Luis come away from Round 1 of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge to sit in 4th place in the championship.

More points were thwarted when a mechanical failure forced Leeds to pit with 4 laps to go in Race 3.

Despite the frustration, the speed and performance shown across 3 races, against quality opposition, indicates good signs for Leeds this season.

SEASON OPENER TAKES ON THE BEND

SEASON OPENER TAKES ON THE BEND

A 27-strong Porsche field will begin a new era of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series this weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.

The 27 911 GT3 Cup entries will tackle the first ever national-level race meeting at the 4.9km circuit – the largest grid since the series’ opening 2010 round at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

The 2018 season marks the introduction of the Type 991 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to the series, the same cars used throughout the past four seasons of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship

LUIS BEGINS PORSCHE CAMPAIGN

LUIS BEGINS PORSCHE CAMPAIGN

23Red Racing will field Luis Leeds in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series starting next weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Leeds had been working to put a program together, with support in recent weekend allowing the former Red Bull junior to confirm his place on the 25-car grid.

Leeds will pilot the car driven last year by Cameron McConville in Carrera Cup, with team boss Phil Munday expanding the 23Red Racing operation to accommodate the GT3 Cup Challenge program.

LUIS OK AFTER MASSIVE HUNGARORING MOMENT

LUIS OK AFTER MASSIVE HUNGARORING MOMENT

Australian driver Luis Leeds has walked away without injury, following a scary incident during Race 1 of Round 5 of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at the Hungaroring in Hungary.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing pilot tangled with the pack in turn 2 and thankfully ended up on all 4 wheels despite getting plenty of air time, enabling him to get out of the car unassisted and walk away.

'LITTLE MONACO' BECKONS AS LUIS HEADS TO PAU

'LITTLE MONACO' BECKONS AS LUIS HEADS TO PAU

In the wake of the Silverstone weekend, the Formula Renault Eurocup heads to Pau for the third meeting of the season. Nicknamed the “little Monaco”, the urban track will be an all-new experience for many of the competitors. The streets of the southern French city will serve as a big test before taking on the Monaco circuit the following week.

After breaking their respective ducks in Great Britain, Luis Leeds (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Presley Martono (Mark Burdett Motorsport) will be out for more, while Alexander Vartanyan (JD Motorsport) will look to return to the top ten.

LUIS CLAIMS POINTS IN STRONG RESULT AT SILVERSTONE

LUIS CLAIMS POINTS IN STRONG RESULT AT SILVERSTONE

Josef Kaufmann Racing driver, Luis Leeds, has claimed his first points of the season with a strong 7th place finish in Race 2 of the Silverstone round of the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup series.

Formula Renault Eurocup leader, Will Palmer (R-ace GP) extended his points advantage in the general classification with his win in race one at Silverstone.

The season now heads to Pau in France for Round 3 of the season between May 19 - 21.

ICONIC 'TEMPLE OF SPEED' MONZA OPENS SEASON

ICONIC 'TEMPLE OF SPEED' MONZA OPENS SEASON

Introduced in 1971, Formula Renault soon joined the ranks of the best motor racing schools of champions. In 2017 a promising field of the best young hopefuls and European teams head to the Autodromo di Monza for the season opener. “The Temple of Speed” will allow for judging the contenders, who share one goal: win the first race of the season.

The action gets underway at the famous Monza circuit where many talented drivers won in the Formula Renault Eurocup before eventually competing at the highest level of the sport. Who will replicate the exploits of Kamui Kobayashi, Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa, Alain Prost, Didier Pironi and Patrick Tambay?

30 DRIVERS AND NINE TEAMS ARE READY TO BATTLE IN THE FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

30 DRIVERS AND NINE TEAMS ARE READY TO BATTLE IN THE  FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

Two weeks before the first collective tests, the Formula Renault Eurocup is assured of having 30 young and talented drivers for the 2017 season. Defending their chances on Europe’s finest circuits, they also represent nine of the most respected teams in motorsport.

Spread among nine teams, the 30 title contenders will come together on March 15 at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for the tests which will kick off a campaign that will take them to 10 European tracks, including Pau and Monaco.