Marco Giltrap and Callum Hedge to Drive for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2023
Porsche New Zealand have announced the exciting news that Marco Giltrap and Callum Hedge are to drive for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2023.
Read the press releases from Porsche New Zealand below.
Marco Giltrap to Drive for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2023
“I’m excited to say I’ll be joining Team Porsche New Zealand and Earl Bamber Motorsport to race in Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, it’s an absolute privilege to drive for Earl Bamber and work alongside his team. After racing a Porsche in New Zealand for almost a year I believe with the help of Earl Bamber Motorsport and Team Porsche New Zealand we can have some great success in 2023.” – Marco Giltrap
Auckland. Porsche New Zealand and Earl Bamber Motorsport have announced that Marco Giltrap is confirmed to drive for Team Porsche New Zealand (TPNZ) in the 2023 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia.
With a strong background in the Toyota 86 (GR86) racing series, Giltrap was the rookie of the year in the 2021 championship. This was followed up with a third place overall in the 2022 championship.
Later that year he transitioned from GR86 to a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car and was immediately successful, claiming a double-class victory in the New Zealand Endurance Championship 1-hour race (Class 2 and 3). Giltrap then teamed up with Simon Evans to win the 3-Hour GT4 class crown in a Porsche 718 GT4.
He will be debuting with TPNZ and Earl Bamber Motorsport in a 991.2 GT3 Cup car in the 2023 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge series, with testing already underway in Australia.
Giltrap will be joining scholarship recipient Zac Stichbury who is also confirmed to be driving with TPNZ in the 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge, and Callum Hedge who will compete in the 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia scholarship seat.
The addition of Giltrap in the Sprint Challenge this year will see a competitive grid of young kiwi drivers with Ronan Murphy also recently announced to compete with Sonic Motor Racing Services, along with Stichbury.
Greg Clarke, General Manager of Porsche New Zealand
“We’re pleased to have Marco representing Team Porsche New Zealand in the Sprint Challenge this year. As the current New Zealand 1-hour Endurance champion, he has already proven his natural talent in the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car.”
“It’s great to see a growing pool of young kiwi drivers competing in Porsche racing in Australia. We’re looking forward to seeing both Marco and Zac go head-to-head this season.”
“We are really excited to have Marco Giltrap join the team under the Team Porsche New Zealand banner. He has done a great job in Toyota 86 and we have followed what he has done closely in the New Zealand Endurance Championship in a Porsche. I think it’s only a natural progression for Marco and so far he has impressed us in testing. He and Zac are going to be a great combination and team together this year for the Sprint Challenge, hopefully getting a lot of podiums and race wins for Team Porsche New Zealand.”
Callum Hedge to Drive for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2023
“I am super happy to have the opportunity to represent and drive for Team Porsche New Zealand in 2023. I am excited to get a second year in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, we have a lot of unfinished business from last year. I look forward to bringing my learnings from 2022 into this year and putting my all in to try and bring Team Porsche New Zealand back their first championship win. I am glad to be back with Earl Bamber Motorsport and continue building and growing the team. We finished last year on a high so I look to hopefully hit the ground running in 2023.” – Callum Hedge
Auckland. Porsche New Zealand and Earl Bamber Motorsport have announced that Callum Hedge is confirmed to drive for Team Porsche New Zealand for another Carrera Cup Australia season in 2023.
Hedge took the top Rookie honours and second place in the Michelin Junior Drivers’ standings for the 2022 Carrera Cup Australia Season. After achieving his maiden win in Townsville and a round victory in the final round of the season in the Gold Coast, he finished the season in 6th place in the Championship. Hedge will be competing in his third season with TPNZ and Earl Bamber Motorsport after debuting with the team in the Porsche Sprint Challenge feeder series in 2021.
Hedge will be joining Zac Stichbury who is already confirmed to be driving with Team Porsche New Zealand in the 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge seat. Stichbury was selected for the team following the Scholarship shootout, where Porsche New Zealand invited the five top applicants to test their skills in the 991.2 GT3 Cup car. Following in the motor racing footsteps of his late father Ashley Stichbury, Zac has moved to the Gold Coast to begin testing for his debut season with Team Porsche New Zealand this year.
The 2023 Porsche racing season in Australia welcomes a competitive grid of young kiwi drivers with Ronan Murphy also recently announced to compete with Sonic Motor Racing Services in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge this year.
Greg Clarke, General Manager of Porsche New Zealand
“We’re pleased to offer Callum an additional year driving for Team Porsche New Zealand. It was clear by his performance in the Carrera Cup this year that he has huge potential, and we are really looking forward to seeing how he can continue his successes with the team this year.”
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