Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia will this weekend return to Bathurst after last racing at the iconic circuit in 2008.
In its seventh appearance at Mount Panorama, the Porsche category will also welcome the return of its former driver Tim Leahey, who raced in Carrera Cup’s inaugural Bathurst round in 2003.
The Orange-based Leahey will replace Peter Hill in the #66 Porsche GT3 Cup car and is looking forward to returning to the one-make sports car series.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to drive Peter’s car while he’s away; I love Bathurst and it’s only 30 minutes down the road from home,” said Leahey.
“I did 20 laps in the Porsche at Phillip Island the other day, but I haven’t done much racing over the last few years so I’m not expecting anything big. I’ve done the past three Bathurst 12 Hour races so at least I’ve had some recent experience around the track.”
After making his Carrera Cup debut at Phillip Island, Jeremy Gray will contest the remaining rounds of the 2011 season, including Bathurst.
The V8 Utes driver replaced Nathan Tinkler at Phillip Island, who was forced to miss the Victorian round due to business commitments. With further business commitments looming in the coming months, Tinkler has elected to field Gray in the #5 Porsche for the rest of the season.
Four drivers will again perform double duty at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after racing in the L&H 500 V8 Supercar event.
Daniel Gaunt, Craig Baird, Michael Patrizi and Steven Richards will all contest the 1000 km V8 Supercars endurance race as well as racing in the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia championship.
Jonny Reid leads the standings entering the Bathurst round, 18 points ahead of Gaunt and 27 points ahead of Baird, who will feature a new Jet Travel Insurance livery for the Bathurst round.
Max Twigg maintains his Elite Class lead into Bathurst ahead of James Koundouris and Damien Flack.