The return of the Porsche Rennsport Festival to Sydney Motorsport Park sees the Pro-Am move away from Phillip Island, where it has been staged for the last two seasons, and return to where the inaugural Pro-Am was contested in 2013.
Thomas has enjoyed much success at Sydney Motorsport Park in recent times, with race victories in Formula Vee, NSW Production Touring and most notably, last year’s Australian Manufacturers Championship 4 Hour, when he teamed up with Stuart Kostera.
Thomas’ recent outing at SMP, was in Round 2 of the 2016 NSW Formula Vee Championship, where he finished second behind Championship leader, Ryan Reynolds.
This is Round 3 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season – a season that’s be very kind to McBride thus far.
With such a successful and consistent start to the season, it comes as no surprise to anyone that McBride holds a 23.5 point lead over Alex Davison and Matt Campbell, ahead of the two races at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend!
In the 2015 Pro-Am, McBride co-drove with Neale Muston for a fourth and fifth place finish in the two races, while the win in Race 2 for Thomas and Foster was an improvement on their sixth place finish in Race 1.
McBride and Thomas’ will earn their money if they repeat the success of 2015. The Pro-Am field for Round 3 of the championship is nothing short of star-studded.
Of the 40 drivers competing this weekend, seven are current V8 Supercar Drivers (Lee Holdsworth, David Reynolds, Garth Tander, Michael Caruso, Tim Slade, Shane Van Gisbergen and Nick Percat), while another five are past V8SC racers (Steven Richards, David Wall, Dean Fiore, Ash Walsh and Alex Davison).
Two Qualifying sessions will be held on Saturday morning – one for each driver – ahead of a 34-Lap race on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, a morning warm-up will be held, ahead of a second 34-Lap race that afternoon.
All Saturday and Sunday Carrera Cup sessions will be LIVE via MotorsportsTV.com.au, with highlights to follow in coming weeks on Television.
Saturday April 30
10:40am | Challenge Drivers Qualifying (20 Minutes)
12:20pm | Professional Drivers Qualifying (20 Minutes)
3:30pm | Race 1 (34 Laps – 133.62km)
Sunday May 1
10:15am | Warm-Up (10 Minutes)
1:15pm | Race 2 (34 Laps – 133.62km)