AU: Jono Lester withdraws from series

LESTER TO FOCUS ON NEW ZEALAND FOR THE MEANTIME Fast-rising young New Zealand racing driver Jono Lester has chosen to withdraw from the final rounds of this year's Carrera Cup Australia to concentrate on the upcoming Battery Town Porsche GT3...

LESTER TO FOCUS ON NEW ZEALAND FOR THE MEANTIME

Fast-rising young New Zealand racing driver Jono Lester has chosen to withdraw from the final rounds of this year's Carrera Cup Australia to concentrate on the upcoming Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship here in New Zealand.

Lester, whose Blackwoods Paykels-backed Porsche GT3 Cup car is on display at the GT Radials Speedshow at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds this weekend, has crossed the Tasman for six Carrera Cup Australia rounds so far this year with support from Blackwoods Australia.

However with the 2008/09 New Zealand series set to start in early November, the 18-year-old says he doesn't want to spread his resources too thinly.

"I've got fantastic support from the Blackwoods brand on both sides of the Tasman, but when we sat down and looked at what we've achieved in Australia this year and what we'd like to achieve here over the summer, we decided that it would be better to throw all our efforts behind the New Zealand campaign before a fresh start in Australia in '09."

Third-generation racer Lester (son of Formula Atlantic racer Richard and grandson of long-time Manfeild promoter and Formula Vee champion Rob Lester) has been competing in the Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship for the past two years, finishing fourth in his debut season in 2007 and fifth last year.

In Australia this year he has been driving a Blackwoods-backed Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car for Greg Murphy Racing, with his best performance coming at Barbagallo in Western Australia where he qualified third and put in one of the drives of the meeting in the wet second race, working his way from 21st position at the start to sixth at the flag.

-credit: jl

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Series Porsche
Drivers Greg Murphy , Jono Lester