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Watching Movies With Our Mates: Living the Porsche

Living the Porsche

There are a few sleepy faces in the garage this morning, as we recover from a social evening spent enjoying a special preview screening of Living the Porsche for the Autohaus Hamilton family.

A happy crowd gathered outside the front of Roseville Cinemas early in the evening, and spent an hour talking cars, life and everything, hanging out with the Group 4 on the sidewalk and not particularly fussed about heading into the cinemas.

Living the Porsche

When the time came to head inside, the film was introduced gracefully by Grant Geelan, and we settled down to enjoy the film.

Living the Porsche will be released online in the coming days, and we’ll keep you up to date right here. In the meantime, browse through these photos from the preview screening, and enjoy.

For more details on the film and our wrap-up of the premiere screening, hit this link.

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Living the Porsche with SoDUS Films at the Entertainment Quarter

Living the Porsche

It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful world premiere screening of SoDUS Films’ Living the Porsche, which was held yesterday evening at a stunning event put on by SoDUS Films.

Living the Porsche

The evening kicked off with a wonderful group of Porsche enthusiasts gathering together around the Autohaus Hamilton Group 4 and Porsche’s new 991 in the marble-floored entry hall of Hoyts Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios, to warm up for the screening by talking cars with friends new and old.

“I was so happy to finally be able to share the film with the world, and to do it on the big screen at a venue like Fox Studios made the project feel even more special. - David Hutton

Living the Porsche

Heading into the cinema we enjoyed a warm and gracious introduction to the film from director David Hutton. A great friend of Autohaus Hamilton, David introduced his film with grace, telling the story of its name and giving the audience an idea of its meaning and the stories he wanted to tell with it.

Then it was time for the lights to dim, the social buzz to calm, and for the film to shine.

This was a very big day for Autohaus Hamilton. Its not every day that you have the opportunity to head to the cinema to watch a film that tells your story, and that of so many people close to you, with such artistry and feeling. - Grant Geelan

Living the Porsche

Despite starring roles in the film, the Autohaus Hamilton team had avoided watching the final cut before last night’s world premiere, and it was absolutely magic, and more than a little humbling, seeing the film for the first time in a packed cinema.

Sharing the experience with 250 of our closest friends made it even better.

Myself and the team at SoDUS Films are incredibly proud of the work weve done on this film, and after seeing the response that its received, were inspired to make something even bigger and better this year. - David Hutton

Living the Porsche

The film has all the hallmarks of a great documentary, telling a compelling human story connected by Porsches and the Porsche brand. It may be a film inspired by cars, but it’s really a film about people, their journeys and their passion, and we believe it’s one which people around the world will know and connect with.

Id like to send a most emphatic and warm Thank you! to Dave Hutton and his team from SoDUS for the opportunity that hes given us and for the beautiful film that hes created. Working with him has been an honour, and we cant wait to see what SoDUS gets up to next! - Grant Geelan

Living the Porsche

On behalf of everyone in the Autohaus Hamilton family, we’d like to extend our most sincere thanks to David Hutton, director of photography Koji Takahashi-Chan, producer Nathan Griffin, composer Jordan Waller and the team at SoDUS Films for involving us in this project, as well their immense effort and hard work, and the wonderful film that they’ve made.

Moving forward we have some very exciting Porsche projects under way, and wed really love to be creating more and more dream Porsches for people the world over. Were sure that Living the Porsche will open the worlds eyes to the Porsche lifestyle and Autohaus Hamiltons  Porsche creations. - Grant Geelan

Autohaus Hamilton are holding an additional preview screening of Living the Porsche on Monday the 7th of April at Roseville Cinemas, and SoDUS Films has huge plans for the film going forward. Stay tuned!

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Carrera Cup: Ups and Downs at Albert Park

Albert Park Carrera Cup

Images thanks to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Shane Smollen and the Autohaus Hamilton Carrera Cup team did battle with the very nature of motorsport this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix round of the Porsche Australia Carrera Cup Championship, returning with just a handful of points, but a huge haul of experience from the school of hard knocks.

The weekend kicked off brilliantly and Shane set a commanding pace in practice, setting a time nearly two seconds faster than the nearest Elite competitor which put him seventh outright.

Albert Park Carrera Cup

Outright pace continued to build through qualifying, when we went faster still to become the first Elite competitor to lap Albert Park in under two minutes and qualified tenth outright and first in Elite, maintaining a one and a half second advantage over our nearest competitor.

Then the weekend started to get a bit wobbly.

Race one was a double whammy. We finished first in Elite and tenth overall after a nervous start and some battling, but a five second penalty for a jumped start knocked us back to second and we received a six-place grid penalty going in to race two for a race incident. - Grant Geelan

I had a solid start to race two and regained second place, but sustained some damage making the pass. That completely toed-out a rear wheel, which I only found out turning in to the next corner, when I spun and ended up beached in the gravel.

Having not finished race two we started the third race at the back of the pack. Our start was strong again, but I spun avoiding a race incident directly in front of me. That put us some twenty seconds behind the pack but I was able to reel them in and make a few passes to move up the field and at least bring home a few points. - Shane Smollen

Albert Park Carrera Cup

These weekends happen in motorsport, however, and the team comes away with a lot of hard racing experience and plenty of positivity for the coming rounds.

The car was mega fast and we clearly had the best car in Elite all weekend by a considerable margin. After this well go away and rethink, test and work on building consistent race pace. - Grant Geelan

Its a reminder that small things in racing can have a huge ripple effect. If I had to bring it back to one thing it would be a poor start in race one, which didnt put us into a good position to capitalise on our outright speed.

We went on to have two strong starts in race two and race three, and have sorted our starting issues from Adelaide, so thats another positive to take out of the weekend.

Were nailing the setup of the car and Im very comfortable in it. Weve now qualified first in Elite for the past three Carrera Cup rounds in a row, and were consistently putting together a car with huge outright pace.

Were heading to Phillip Island for a test between now and the Pro-Am, and were taking the Pro-Am very seriously and expect to be very well prepared.

Weve learned some good racing lessons this weekend, and will take those, our outright pace and one of Australias top professional racing drivers with us to Phillip Island, where were pumped to pull everything together in race one.

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Great Pace and a Podium in the 991 at Clipsal

Carrera Cup Clipsal 2014

The 2014 Porsche Australia Carrera Cup season kicked off in earnest over the first and second of March, and the Autohaus Hamilton Team was knee-deep in it as always, supporting Shane Smollen in the opening round of Carrera Cup.

There was a lot of hype and interest around the new cars going into the first round of the season, and they very were well-received and supported, which produced a good buzz and a fun atmosphere.

They certainly didnt disappoint when they hit the track either, producing some blisteringly fast and very exciting racing. Absolutely fantastic!” – Grant Geelan

It was a big weekend for Carrera Cup; not only the first round of the year but the first Australian Carrera Cup round for the new type 991 GT3 Cup.

And it was a great one for Shane Smollen and Autohaus Hamilton, demonstrating class-leading pace throughout the weekend and converting that into a very healthy points haul for the season’s coffers.

I was thrilled with the weekends results. We showed a lot of speed in qualifying by out pacing every other Elite competitor by just under half a second, and we were able to convert that into good points for the weekends efforts.” – Grant Geelan

Carrera Cup Clipsal 2014

A strong setup and good qualifying result put us in a commanding position for the race, but inconsistency in the starts introduced some challenges.

I didnt get off the line as well as Id hoped in race one, and tucked in behind Tony Bates. I felt that we had a speed advantage, and I pushed a pass out of turn eight into turn nine which resulted in an off.

I should have been more patient considering our speed advantage, but we had enough of a margin back to third that I could get back out and hold second position. I had flat-spotted all four tyres, however, so we had to do the remainder of the round on one set of tyres.” – Shane Smollen

From that early incident Shane and the team put together a very smooth and consistent weekend, with everyone putting in professional and talented performances. We claimed another second in race two, and a third in race three to give us second for the round in Elite class and tenth overall.

We always knew that we had to try that much harder in these early rounds, which traditionally havent been our strongest, so this performance gives us a lot of confidence going in to the Grand Prix round, especially as race three marked our eleventh in a row on the podium.

The cars will be very well suited to the Albert Park Grand Prix track. They stop very well and their mid-corner speed is extremely impressive. Testing their limits around Albert Park is going to be a brilliant experience!” – Shane Smollen

Carrera Cup Clipsal 2014

A highlight of the weekend was the increased level of interest which Carrera Cup is enjoying. With the new cars, a range of very fast and exciting drivers, including more than a few Australian motorsport legends, longer races, bigger schedule and a lot more PR and press, there’s a great deal of excitement in the paddock and the category is making its way out to its biggest and most involved audience yet.

Our Club Carrera program has a few places remaining, and with the increased involvement and interest we’re experiencing, and the many benefits and bonuses associated with being involved in a top-level Porsche motorsport team, it represents better value than ever. Get in contact with Shane Smollen directly on shanesmollen@mcgrath.com.au to learn more.

We lost a few positions in the starts, but were able to recover well and consolidated with second place in Elite class and a good haul of points for the round, which is exactly what we wanted to do.

Were really very happy with our current position going in to the Australian Grand Prix race and we feel that with a good result there well have set ourselves up in a strong position for the season.” – Grant Geelan

The second round of Carrera Cup will take place this weekend, over the 14-16th of March, at the opening round of the Formula 1 World Championship in Melbourne.

We’re pumped, and we can’t wait to put on a good show and keep adding to that championship tally!

And speaking of pumped, we’re very excited to announce that Shane Smollen will be joined by one of the hottest V8 Supercar drivers around, who’ll be lending a hand (and a few feet) in steering duties for the weekend. Can you guess who?

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A Classic National Capital Rally

National Capital Rally Porsche

The Australian Rally Championship kicked off over the weekend of the first and second of March, 2014, with the National Capital Rally, and Autohaus Hamilton’s fearless rally expert Jeff David was there to open his 2014 account in style.

National Capital Rally Porsche

With Grant Geelan committed to supporting Autohaus Hamilton’s Carrera Cup efforts, Glenn Macneall took over co-driving duties for the weekend, and was a welcome and talented addition to the team.

Pace was good all weekend, and the pair produced an excellent result from it, bringing home second outright in the Classics competition.

National Capital Rally Porsche

“They encountered a few brake issues on the rough roads of Canberra, which hadn’t occurred previously and which handicapped the team’s progress a little bit. Rain and tricky road conditions also caught a lot of people out.”

“They had a reasonable, if unspectacular run. Coming second to four-time Australian Rally Champion Neal Bates isn’t too bad, though, so I’m pleased with their efforts!” – Grant Geelan

Jeff David will be forgoing the next round in the series, the Quit Forest Rally in Western Australia, to focus on the Otago Rally in New Zealand, and we’re looking forward to going one better there!

The Otago Rally will be held on the 10th and 11th of May, 2014.

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Perfect in Patina: Reinvigorating a Barn Find 1967 911 Targa Soft Window

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

Not every classic that passes through the Autohaus Hamilton garage is destined for a full bare metal restoration, and that’s a very good thing.

This lovely original 1967 911 Targa Soft Window arrived in our garage late in 2013 with a simple set of instructions – give it a full inspection, and get it running.

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

“When I bought my first Porsche, when I was about 25, I bought a 2.7 Litre 911 Carrera. Like most enthusiasts I thought that Targas were a Porsche that only hairdressers or architects would buy, and they’d be bought for all the wrong reasons and then not properly maintained.”

“So I’d never really liked the idea of a Targa, new or used. Then one day out of the blue my son found a little Targa for sale in Newcastle that was a complete car with only a few owners. I went to have a look at it and thought, Shit, I have to have that!”

‘We originally were going to give it a quick makeover and sell it, but it was so good that we’ve kept it. All we’ve done is restored the upholstery and given it plenty of polish and detailing, and it keeps winning ‘Wash and Polish’ in the Concours and everyone loves it”.

“Nobody loves it more than me, however; it’s tight as a drum and drives beautifully! Thus began my love of Targas.”

“We’ve never really had an early car, so I thought that I’d better get a skinny bumper Targa and maybe make a speedster or hotrod out of it. I started thinking about and researching it, and eventually came across the soft window Targa. I learned that 1967 was the first year of the Targa and ’67 and ’68 were the only years when soft windows were made, so I decided that that was the model to get.”

“I found this particular car when speaking with a fellow enthusiast collector in Melbourne. It’s a left-hand drive car which, when it first arrived in Melbourne from America, was driven into the shed in which I first saw it, and left untouched for twelve years. It took me twelve months to decide, but when I saw the owner again I bought it and it was delivered to Autohaus.”

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

We received the car as you see it now and got to work learning about it and getting it running.

Our job with the car was to develop a complete and nuanced understanding of it which would then form the basis of future decisions about what to do with it. We were to get it running and making sure that everything was working and safe. Its owner wants to do a lot of the work on the car himself, so we were really developing the groundwork for the project and making a critical start.

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

And that’s what we did! We flushed the fuel tank, rebuilt the carburettors and cleaned the lines, fixed linkages and bushes and got everything running again. The engine’s actually in good condition considering that it hasn’t been run in so long, and once it was running we were able to run through the gears and make sure that the clutch was operating correctly and generally get everything running again.

When we inspected the brakes we discovered that the master cylinder had seized and the pedal was going to the floor, so we fixed that and replaced some of the linings to make sure that everything was going to work well run reliably.

With the owner content with the car it’s now a process of research and decision making; deciding which direction to take with it.

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

“It’s been a pleasant surprise, this little car. We keep finding out good things about it as we work through it, including learning things about these cars which we didn’t know when we bought it.”

“I believe that Targas as a model are going to become very collectable. Only about 400 soft window cars are believed to remain in existence, and more people are catching on to them and developing an interest in them.”

1967 911 Targa Soft Window

“I have mixed feelings about what to do with it. Some people recommend repairing any rust and faults, detailing the interior and keeping it as an original car because it’s such a complete and original example. Restoring the car would make it prettier, but less original and could spoil it.”

“I haven’t decided if I am going to take that approach, but I’m thinking that I’ll keep it as original as I can, and paint sympathetically where necessary. I need to do the roof because I want to be able to use the car but that’s not going to be practical if I have a roof that leaks like a sieve.”

“I’m visiting the Porsche factory in a few weeks time, so I’ve organised a meeting with the Porsche Classic department to get to the bottom of the car, ask a lot of questions and get their opinion of which direction to take.”

We can’t wait to see the car again and take things a little further, in which ever direction that may be! Stay tuned!

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Carrera Cup to kick off spectacular 10th season in Adelaide

Carrera Cup 2014

The Autohaus Hamilton motorsport team shipped off to Adelaide this morning, pumped to contest the opening round of the 2014 Carrera Cup season with Shane Smollen in the brand-new Type 991 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

We’ll be keeping you up to date with their adventures right here, and on our Facebook page here, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, read on for the official word from Carrera Cup below.

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Carrera Cup to kick off spectacular 10th season in Adelaide

This weekend’s opening round of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship marks the start of its 10th season, featuring a vastly new look on track.

The Adelaide event will see the introduction of the brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) to the championship; the first of any Carrera Cup series worldwide to field the new race car thoroughbred.

Many of the Professional Class drivers have continued in the series, namely reigning champion Craig Baird, who will celebrate his 150th Carrera Cup Australia race start in Race 2 of the Clipsal 500. Also returning is Warren Luff, Steven Richards, Michael Patrizi, Duvashen Padayachee, Renee Gracie and Shae Davies while South Australian duo Michael Almond and Sam Power begin their first full-season in the Porsche category.

Former title winning team Sonic Motor Racing Services returns having enlisted Professional Class drivers Nick Foster, who returns after a full season in 2012, and debutant Nick McBride.

The Elite Class has six drivers return from the 2013 season including Stephen Grove, Tony Walls, Marc Cini, James Bergmuller, Tony Bates and Shane Smollen.

The Elite Class newcomers all bring racing experience to the championship including V8 Supercars Development Series driver Maurie Pickering, former Carrera Cup racer Ash Samadi, Formula Holden ace Brenton Ramsay, 2010/2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia champion Roger Lago, past Formula Ford driver Adrian Mastronardo and Australian GT driver Dean Koutsoumidis.

Porsche Cars Australia Motorsport Manager, Cam McConville, is pleased to have the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car make its first appearance in the championship along with an impressive driver line-up.

“We’re delighted to come into the 10th season of Carrera Cup with such a strong field. Having 23 brand new race cars on the grid at the Clipsal 500 is a huge success for the championship and a fitting way to celebrate this significant milestone,” said McConville.

“We also have a tremendous group of teams and drivers who have committed to the season. There are 13 drivers who have returned to the category from last year, while we welcome 10 drivers who are either new to Carrera Cup or return after a previous stint in the series.

“The importance of an even mix of Professional Class and Elite Class drivers is again not lost on the championship with a close-to 50/50 split between the two classes.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will hold its first two practice sessions for the season this Thursday, with Qualifying and Race 1 on Friday, Race 2 on Saturday and Race 3 on Sunday.

Race schedule

Thursday February 27, 2014
11:15am Practice 1
3:30pm Practice 2

Friday February 28, 2014
1:05pm Qualifying
7:10pm Race 1

Saturday March 01, 2014
1:35pm Race 2

Sunday March 02, 2014
1:55pm Race 3

Broadcast Schedule

Race 2 (delayed)
Date: Saturday March 01, 2014 Time: 2:30pm AEST
Channel: Seven

Race 3 (live)
Date: Sunday March 02, 2014 Time: 2:25pm AEST
Channel: Seven

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Taming the Mountain in 12 Hours

Bathurst 12 Hour

Image thanks to Select9

The Autohaus Hamilton motorsport team kicked off 2014’s competitive season in style over the weekend, enjoying three days of thrills and spills on The Mountain for the Bathurst 12 Hour amongst many of the world’s leading GT drivers.

Collectively the team brought together a huge amount of ability and expertise, so it was just a matter of turning that into teamwork and synergy. It was reassuring to have the familiarity of Grant as well as the integral experience he brought to the team! - Shane Smollen

Owner/driver Damien Flack and drivers Shane Smollen and Rob Smith contested the 12-Hour in Damien’s 2011 997 Cup Car, supported by Nexus Racing and Autohaus Hamilton motorsport.

Several parts of the track were faster than ever due to the resurfacing. Even on day one of a totally green track there was a noticeable grip difference in key sections. It will only get better.” – Shane Smollen

Our focus going into practice was on developing a good setup that would work throughout the changing fuel loads and conditions.

We developed the car well throughout Friday’s practice sessions and by the end of the day we had a set up that was very close to what we needed for the race. The first session of qualifying, however, was a little more eventful. After topping Friday’s times Shane took the car into the first qualifying session.

The team had the car nicely sorted after a late Friday night. We went into qualifying confident and jumped onto the pace quickly on our first flying lap.

Mid-way through my second hot lap I came over the brow at Reed Park, encountered the Jason Bright incident, had nowhere to go and collected the Porsche Cup S running in front of me. That ripped the entire front right corner right out of the car and resulted in an early end to qualifying one. - Shane Smollen

The team rebuilt the car and got it out in time for the second qualifying session, but with the weather heating up the track was getting slower and most teams did not improve on their session one times. Shane’s single hot lap from qualifying one was good for a mid-field start, however, leaving the team in a decent position for the race.

In the eyes of a motorsport team, a good endurance race is often an uneventful one. Other than some tyre issues we kept out of trouble throughout the race, maintained consistent speeds and fought our way up to 11th outright and third in Class B, which made us the first team home in the event without a professional driver.

The 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour produced a challenging but fun weekend and a great start to what’s set to be Autohaus Hamilton’s biggest season in motorsport yet! Make sure to keep an eye on us, and head to facebook.com/autohaushamilton to get involved in the discussion.

The 12-Hour is a fantastic event and this year it enjoyed great support from both media and spectators. The exceptional media attention reflected the ever growing interest in this true international event. After such a strong showing we’re really looking forward to competing again in 2015. - Grant Geelan

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Project Porsche: A 911 Speedster Inspired by the 356

911 Speedster

The Autohaus Hamilton garage is alive with the song of Porsche projects being built as we speak, and we’d like to share some of the exciting Porsche action with you!

The first car we’d like to introduce you to is this 911 Speedster, inspired by the 356 Speedster’s lovely svelte lines and cut-down windshield, combined with the chunkier curves of the 911 Speedster.

To get started, we needed a donor car. Our perfect candidate was a silver 3.2 Carrera Targa or Cabriolet, which had already had its internals rebuilt. The Targa comes standard with additional chassis strengthening, so that gives us the rigidity we need for our car, and we wanted to finish the project in silver, so we wanted to start in the right place and not devote resources to repainting the car. This frees up our budget to spend entirely on what we want to build!

911 Speedster

We searched far and wide to find the correct combination until we found our factory right hand drive silver ’84 3.2 Carrera Targa.

911 Speedster Longhood

We’ve backdated it to the early long hood look, and fitted pre-’73 long hood front guards and latch panel. It’s also had the windshield and Targa roll hoop removed in preparation for the speedster look.

When we began the project we did a huge amount of research into 911 Speedster builds, and were particularly enthralled by Stan Townes’ 1967 911 Speedster, which is a stunning combination of clean lines and curves in all of the right places.

911 Speedster

Our build is going to feature the 356 Speedster windscreen look – low and ‘50s futuristic – which is a magnificent aesthetic, but presents some challenges. The 911 windscreen is much taller, so it needs to be cut down to about half the height. When Stan built his car back in the ‘60s he went through nine (nine) 911 windscreens before he got the perfect fit for his car.

We’re going to use a custom plexiglass windscreen, which we’re fitting to a custom speedster windscreen frame that we’re going to fabricate for our purposes. This will give us a 356 windscreen frame and windscreen in the correct width for the 911’s wider body.

911 Speedster

Around the back we’re going to find a balance between the 911 Speedster’s chunkier humps and the 356 Speedster’s lower profile. We’ve had a 911 3.2 Carrera Speedster clamshell supplied, which we love, so we’re going to follow that aesthetic.

We’re going to set the clamshell up so that it can be lifted from its leading edge and the underneath can be used for storage. We’re removing the rear seats and fitting a panel behind the front seats, the lid for which will be the clamshell itself. Once everything’s arrived and being fitted we’ll fabricate and fit the parts to smooth everything out and refine the flow.

In terms of the interior we’ve found some very fancy retro seats and will be restoring everything to make it a very nice, classy place to spend an afternoon cruising in the sunshine.

This car is primarily an aesthetics project, but we’re not a team to ignore the internals! That is why we sourced a vehicle which, from the start, had received a top-end rebuild and had a rebuilt gearbox already. It’s not going to be a Group 4 monster, but it’ll drive beautifully, and that’s what these cars are all about!

Stay tuned to the site and our Facebook page for all the updates as we complete this project over the coming months!

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Wrapping Up 2013′s Carrera Cup Season and Looking to 2014

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

Image: Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

2013 has been an eventful year in motorsport for Autohaus Hamilton, with no shortage of thrills and spills in every Porsche category we contest. Which is all of them!

“I went into the season with one goal – win Elite class.” – Grant Geelan

At the pinnacle of Porsche motorsport in Australia sits Carrera Cup, and 2013 was the third season we contested with Shane Smollen.

“We got off to a slow start, and results weren’t quite up to the bar I’d set. Shane’s confidence grew throughout the year and towards the back end of the season we started producing some truly impressive results.” – Grant Geelan

“We closed the year with some really reassuring performances and a definite increase in speed. A very solid (and fast) Bathurst and a clean sweep at the Gold Coast was a fitting reward for the team after some earlier ups and downs.” – Shane Smollen

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

“Townsville was going really well – we qualified on Elite pole and won the class in the first race, but then ended up in the wall. We put the car back together in time for the last race, but ended up in another shunt on our way through the field.” – Grant Geelan

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

“At Winton we qualified third in Elite, lined up on the grid and had the clutch fail at the start.  We installed a new clutch and Shane had a huge race in the final run, cutting through the field to a great finish.” – Grant Geelan

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

“Rennsport was the biggest weekend that Autohaus Hamilton has ever had and was a great experience. We put in some good performances, but overall had a troubled weekend that didn’t produce the results we were hoping for.” – Grant Geelan

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

“Things started to really kick into gear by Bathurst and we came away with Shane on the podium with a third place in Elite.” – Grant Geelan

“And then came the highlight of the season – The Gold Coast. Pole position in Elite class through to three class wins in the races and the round win in Elite.”

“The car was good all round long. There was no stress. In a way, it was actually easy! Nothing went wrong! We really finished the year on a high.” – Grant Geelan

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup 2013

Porsche Australia Carrera Cup is going to have a very different look in 2014, with a brand new car, longer races and some new events. It’ll present new challenges, and the team’s looking forward to it.

“With a few years experience under our belts by the time we arrived at the 2013 season, our work on the car was focused on maintaining it and keeping it in top order, and then putting the setup knowledge we’ve developed into action and fine tuning for each race.”

“Everything’s new for the 991 GT3 Cup; new data acquisition system; paddle shift; different braking system; new tyres, so 2014 will hinge around who can find a good balance and some confidence in the car. Who can make their car work for their driver the best, the soonest.”

“The challenge of taming and understanding a car like this is why we are involved in motorsport. It makes us better at what we do, and provides us with knowledge that we can then provide to everyone who brings their Porsche along to our business.”

“We aim to be on top of the car and off to a good start for 2014. The key is going to be some early testing and getting our heads around the car to enable us to be off to a great start early on in the season. We can’t wait!” – Grant Geelan

“Whilst the learning curve starts again with the arrival of the 991 what we will be taking is the confidence that we can achieve consistent winning performances. A new car is always an equalizer and for us that should translate into an edge if we make the most of our testing and research.

We’ve learned that a season is built one race at a time and to state the obvious, it’s vital to qualify well and finish every race. We have to work hard to build speed on the Victorian tracks and take full advantage of our existing pace further north. The pro am will be a feature again of an extended 8 round calendar which includes longer races throughout. We are in talks to secure a leading driver and look forward to an announcement early new year.

The launch of our Club Carrera sponsorship and experience program is also an exciting new innovation and I’m really looking forward to helping enthusiasts get up close to the action. It’s a unique combination of adrenalin, involvement, exposure and financial benefits.

Who knows…..we may even inspire a budding race driver to take the same steps towards Carrera Cup as we have over the last few years.” – Shane Smollen

Images thanks to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

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