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Townsville 500 hangs onto Porsche presence

PORSCHE Carrera Cup Australia will skip next year’s NTI Townsville 500 but that does not mean the event will be without a German one-make series altogether.

Taking Carrera Cup’s place in Townsville will be the second-tier Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia, with the category to race on a street circuit for the first time ever.

It’s part of a six-round 2024 calendar reveal for Sprint Challenge, which will appear on SpeedSeries events at Phillip Island, The Bend, Queensland Raceway and Sydney Motorsport Park, as well as Supercars rounds at Townsville and Symmons Plains.

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“The Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge takes another step forward in 2024 with what we think is the best calendar yet for the series,” said Porsche Motorsport Australia’s Barry Hay.

“It mixes incredible permanent circuits, high profile events and the first opportunity for the Sprint Challenge field to go street circuit racing in Townsville.

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“It’s a great opportunity for the series on a major national stage and one of the larger motorsport events on the calendar.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Symmons Plains with the Supercars, and to returning to the Shannons SpeedSeries show with what is looking to be a massive year on that program.

“Sprint Challenge has been incredible this year and we’re incredibly proud of the series and everyone who competes in it. There is no doubt 2024 is shaping up to be even better.”

2024 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge calendar

Round 1: Phillip Island, April 12-14
Round 2: The Bend, May 31-June 2
Round 3: Townsville, July 5-7
Round 4: Queensland Raceway, August 2-4
Round 5: Symmons Plains, August 16-18
Round 6: Sydney Motorsport Park, November 1-3

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