Former Australian Driver's Champion and two-time Nations Cup Champion Paul Stokell has rejoined Carrera Cup Australia and will make his season debut at Sandown International Raceway this weekend. Round Five of Carrera Cup Australia will...
Former Australian Driver's Champion and two-time Nations Cup Champion Paul Stokell has rejoined Carrera Cup Australia and will make his season debut at Sandown International Raceway this weekend.
Round Five of Carrera Cup Australia will support the V8 Supercars Midas 400 at Melbourne's iconic track over the June long weekend and Stokell will be there, itching to feel the power of a 400 horsepower Porsche beneath him.
Stokell will replace Iain Sherrin in the number 72 Sherrin Rentals Porsche and will again team with Sherrin MotorSport, the team he drove for in last year's Championship.
Stokell has been competing in the inaugural MINI Challenge Australia Series as well as running his own driving training school, Stokell Motorsport, since he left Carrera Cup at the end of last season, so it won't take him long to reacquaint himself with the finely-honed beast which is the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997).
The Tasmanian born but now Brisbane-based racer had a few laps in his Porsche at Morgan Park last week in preparation for Sandown and was impressed with the car's performance.
"I couldn't wait to jump back into the Porsche when the opportunity came up," Stokell said.
"The Porsche is an amazing car to drive and the Carrera Cup is the strongest category in the country below the V8 Supercars so I'm thrilled to be back.
"Sherrin MotorSport has made some serious progress as witnessed by David Russell's competitiveness and it was interesting to feel the changes in the car."
The Carrera Cup race winner, who will continue to race in MINI Challenge (where he sits in third place overall), said he wasn't intimidated by the double duties he'll undertake for the rest of the season.
"Going back-to-back with the MINI Challenge will be interesting," Stokell said.
"I did it a few years ago with Nations Cup and GTP so I am familiar with the pressures involved. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Round Five of Carrera Cup Australia will support the Midas 400 at Sandown International Raceway from June 7-9.
Race Three is scheduled to be screened nationally on Channel 7 on Monday, June 9, while the Carrera Cup Highlights Programme will screen on June 21.