The highly-successful Carrera Cup will have a new face among its ranks for round five of the championship at Queensland Raceway on July 18-20 in the form of relative newcomer Stephen Borness. The 40-year-old from Sydney has purchased the Porsche ...
The highly-successful Carrera Cup will have a new face among its ranks for round five of the championship at Queensland Raceway on July 18-20 in the form of relative newcomer Stephen Borness.
The 40-year-old from Sydney has purchased the Porsche GT3 Cup car campaigned so far this season by Pro-Floor Motorsport's Paul Blackie, who has decided to sell his car due to time constraints.
"Carrera Cup is a higher level of racing than the old Porsche Cup and requires more involvement on my part," said Blackie.
"Unfortunately my day job was getting in the way of racing so I've decided to focus on other types of racing such as rallies and a less intense category of circuit racing."
Borness has been running in Formula Ford, though this will be his first appearance in a closed-cockpit Carrera Cup car. His car will be engineered by former Production Sports ace Stephen Brook of Brook Motorsport in Sydney.
"We were looking for a progressive, aspirational and commercially attractive category, which is not just seen as a stepping stone to other categories," said Borness.
"We looked at the Konica V8 Supercars, but with the increasing involvement of the Level 1 teams in that category, it is difficult to even aspire to compete at the front. We think Carrera Cup puts everyone on an equal footing, although we have plenty more to learn."
Borness, who started his racing career last year in the second half of the New South Wales State Formula Ford series and has been running a Stealth in this year's National Series, will test his new mount at Eastern Creek this Friday (June 27) in preparation for his debut at Queensland Raceway.
His #24 Porsche will be sponsored by Logical Additions, a Sydney-based IT company aimed at the small to medium-sized business sector.
Meanwhile, Blackie will revert to campaigning his ex-Jim Richards GT3 in Group Two of Nations Cup, the same car that finished eighth outright in the recent Targa Tasmania.
"I didn't have the time or the budget to go testing so we never qualified well enough to challenge at the pointy end," said Blackie of his Carrera Cup season, which netted a best of ninth in the third race at the Australian Grand Prix in wet conditions.
"I am also very new to motor racing so realistically we could not expect to be at the front. I now realise that Carrera Cup is serious racing that involves a time commitment to setting the car up between rounds. We couldn't do that and therefore made the decision that if we couldn't do it properly we shouldn't do it at all."