Harri Jones will be the next Aussie driver to make a charge on the international Porsche Motorsport Pyramid after being crowned as the 2022 Porsche Michelin Junior Champion.
Jones currently holds an unassailable lead in the junior component of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship, after beating his closest title rival in Christian Pancione twice during the most recent round at Sandown International Raceway.
It’s been a solid campaign for the young Queenslander, who also leads the outright championship, having picked up four race wins and a further five podiums, including one at Sandown.
In being named as the Porsche Michelin Junior Champion, the 2019 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia winner will now head overseas to attend the Porsche Motorsport Night of Champions Dinner in December.
Jones has also been nominated to attend the global Porsche Motorsport Junior Shootout in Europe, which will see him up against other Porsche junior champions from around the world.
The 23-year-old will be hoping to replicate the success of former Carrera Cup Junior Champions who won their respective years in the shootout, including two-time Carrera Cup Champion Jaxon Evans and current Porsche factory driver, Matt Campbell.
Other names to have attended the shootout as part of their success in the Australian Carrera Cup include Nick Foster, Andre Heimgartner, Jordan Love, Cooper Murray, Cameron Hill and Dylan O’Keeffe.
After being presented with his award at Sandown by Porsche Cars Australia’s CEO & Managing Director, Daniel Schmollinger, and Michelin Australia’s Managing Director and Commercial Director B2C of Oceania, Oliver Biggart, Jones was thrilled with the potential opportunity to go overseas.
“The Porsche Michelin Junior Championship is what we’ve been working for since we joined Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge in 2019,” Jones said.
“To have won the Junior title is a big tick for this year and obviously we still have the outright Carrera Cup Championship to win as well. So that’s our full focus at the moment, but to potentially get the opportunity to go to the Global Shootout against the best junior Carrera Cup drivers from around the world, is a dream come true.
“I hope we can get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Matt (Campbell) and Jaxon (Evans) as we’ve all been supported by the McElrea team.
“McElrea have been pivotal in my career so far, they taught me a whole lot together with Warren Luff my driver coach, without them I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this and I would like to say thanks to them.
“My naming rights partners Hastings Deering and MacKellar Group have helped me massively this year and in past seasons I have had Helimods on the car.
“I’ve been very lucky to have such amazing partners as these, I want to say a big thanks to my family, Sandra, my manager and my fiancé Emily. Together they’re an amazing support group that makes it possible for me to get on the track and excel at what I do.”
The Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship has one round remaining for 2022 with the season finale to take place as a support category at the famous Repco Bathurst 1000 on 6-9 October.