Jaxon Evans finished the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli on a high, by winning the final round at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria.
The Gold Coast based Kiwi won two of the three races to win the round. But it wasn’t enough to close the points gap to his rival and eventual series champion, Hamish Hardeman.
Under pressure, Evans did everything he needed to do over the course of the weekend to put himself in a position to claim the title, should Hardeman have had an issue. But faultless driving by both, left Evans just a few points short at the end of the final race.
An unfortunate DNF at Winton Raceway, after being caught up in someone else’s accident, was the only fault in a remarkable season for the young McElrea Racing driver. Notching up nine wins out of the eighteen races during the season. While the highlight for Evans was taking home Jim Richards Endurance Trophy, for his performance during the endurance races earlier in the year.
Evans reflected on the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia season.
“Although we had our sights set on winning the outright championship, we’ve had to settle for second.”
“That said, it’s been an amazing year for myself. Developing as a driver both on and off the track. When I look back on the year, I have to say it’s been nothing short of a success, from securing pole position at the first round at Sandown, to winning the final race at Phillip Island.”
“Taking out the Jim Richards Endurance trophy would have to be my season highlight. With the championship being so tight, a costly DNF at the halfway point, put us on the back foot for the rest of the season.”
“Congratulations to Sonic Motor Racing and Hamish, it has been a year long battle and a great rivalry.”
“I owe a lot to my Engineer Leigh Guyer, Team Boss Andy McElrea and my Parents. This year has been mega, but without the support and guidance from these people, I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I have.”
“Also big thank you to the rest of the team at McElrea Racing, and everyone that has shown support across the year!”
Evans will make an announcement on his motorsport plans for 2017 before the end of the year.
Race 1 –1st Outright & 1st Professional Class
Race 2 – 2nd Outright & 2nd Professional Class
Race 3 – 1st Outright & 1st Professional Class
Jaxon would like to thank his personal sponsors and supporters:
- WillShip International
- McElrea Racing
- Stealth Motorsport
- Independent Racecars
- Chicane Racewear
- Elite Motor Academy New Zealand
- Motorsport New Zealand
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