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Supercup, Supercars in new Porsche champ’s sights

HARRI Jones hopes his efforts to follow in the footsteps of Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans lead him to various opportunities including a Supercars seat one day.

Campbell and Evans are McElrea Racing alumni who won the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia crown in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

They’ve since established themselves internationally, and have swooped on seats to contest Supercars’ annual Bathurst 1000.

Jones recently replicated their Carrera Cup success, also with McElrea, sealing the 2022 title at the Gold Coast finale.

Over the course of the season he bested a talented mix of youth and experience, including five drivers with Bathurst 1000 campaigns under their belt.

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Now Jones is testing the waters abroad, debuting in the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East this weekend at Bahrain before tackling the all-important Porsche Junior Shootout later this month at a to-be-confirmed European venue.

“Our plan as soon as we joined McElrea in 2019 was to follow that Porsche pyramid all the way to the top,” Jones told V8 Sleuth.

“To follow in the footsteps now of Matt and Jaxon and have the chance in the next couple of weeks to go to the Porsche Shootout and vie for that same scholarship that they both won, they are obviously a massive inspiration to me.

“Next year our plan is to go to Europe and chase that Supercup dream.”

But Supercars does remain in his longer-term sights.

Jones made multiple outings for PremiAir Racing this year across ride/test days, whetting his appetite for the V8 championship.

Jones at Queensland Raceway in May. Pic: PremiAir Racing

“Supercars are definitely still on my radar,” Jones said.

“It’s a category that I love and I love the people involved and just the racing within that category as well.

“My plan at the moment is to go to Europe and chase that goal, but no doubt one day I will be back in Australia racing Supercars and living the dream here.

“I’m not too sure when that’s going to be but I would definitely like to be on that grid one day.”

Jones thanked Campbell and Evans for their guidance thus far.

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Evans was runner-up in the 2021 Supercup season, while Campbell is currently gearing up for Porsche Penske Motorsport’s highly anticipated hypercar program.

“Nowadays they’re pretty busy with their own careers over in Europe so the communication is not super frequent but over the four years that I have been with McElrea, they’ve had a lot of input into my driving,” said Jones.

“The first time I actually was ever in a Cup car was in the passenger seat of Jaxon Evans around QR, so to have their feedback from day one and their input on forming my driving style, they’ve been awesome.”

Jones’ predecessor as Carrera Cup Australia winner, Cameron Hill, is set to be announced as a full-time 2023 Repco Supercars Championship driver for Matt Stone Racing.

The 2019 title winner, Jordan Love, meanwhile has returned from Europe to race at the Bathurst International this weekend.

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