JORDAN LOVE has been awarded the Porsche junior scholarship for 2017 as he makes the transition to compete in next season’s GT3 Cup challenge.

He is the second recipient of the Jamey Blaikie Scholarship – and the second West Aussie, following inaugural winner Jake Klarich’s impressive third on debut in the GT3 ’16 Challenge.

“The GT3 Cup is the perfect next step from open-wheelers to sports car racing, where I’ll be able to develop the skills needed to move to Carrera Cup in 2018,” Love said.

“Like many young drivers in Australia, I plan to use the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid as a pathway to forge a career as a professional race driver.”

“Wicked weekend”

The accolade is a fitting tribute to the for the 17-year-old’s stellar season, culminating in his “wicked weekend” at Malaysia’s F1 Sepang Circuit this month and being crowned Asia Cup Series champion. He also finished third in the 2016 CAMS Australian Formula 4 Championship.

“After finishing second in the reverse grid race we managed to come away with five out of six race wins, giving us the overall win for the weekend,” he said. “It was an awesome way to finish off the year and I’m super excited to get back into it in 2017.

“A massive thank you goes out to all my sponsors for the opportunities they have given me and also and shout-out to everyone who has given their support.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected as Australia’s 2017 Porsche Junior and to race in the GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, presented by Pirelli – the Carrera Cup feeder category.”

“We had plenty of applications,” said Kurt Sakzewski, Porsche Cars Australia motorsport manager. “But Jordan best displayed the qualities we were looking for –  driving talent, communication skills and future potential from our program.”

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