VCM PERFORMANCE BACKS RISING PORSCHE STAR
Rising Porsche star Christian Pancione is stepping up to the top-tier Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Series in 2022
Christian Pancione will drive the #76 VCM Performance/HP Tuners Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 992 race car prepared by championship-winning Porsche campaigners McElrea Racing.
The 20-year-old moves up from the Michelin Sprint Challenge Cup. He was a race-winning title contender before the pandemic cut last season short, finishing on the podium at the first round at Phillip Island before winning the Sydney Motorsport Park round with two race wins and a second.
“It was a tight battle between Ryan Suhle, me, and Callum Hedge, but I was confident I had just as good a shot at winning the title as the others,” Christian said.
“It was disappointing, the pandemic cut the season short after just two rounds, but we’ve all got the same story to tell.”
Christian also contested five Carrera Cup rounds last year in a part-time learning campaign in preparation for this year, finishing ninth in points in a significantly positive experience.
“The step up in competition was noticeable; it was much more fierce racing with the top 10 all within 2/10ths of each other, so it was a lot closer and a whole lot easier to dent panels,” Christian said.
“Racing with guys like Craig Lowndes and David Wall, experienced guys who don’t back down and make you earn your spot, was a great experience.
“If I got to go back to the Challenge Cup last year as planned, it would’ve helped massively. That didn’t happen, but the experience has helped me be better prepared to step up full-time this year, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The first round of the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Series is at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park on 7-10 April.