TWO-TIME SP Tools Pro-Am Class champion Rodney Jane will reach a major Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia milestone should he start at least two races at Mount Panorama this weekend.
The Victorian-based Bob Jane T-Marts Sonic Motor Racing driver is set to contest his 200th Carrera Cup race this weekend, becoming just the third driver in series’ history to achieve the milestone.
Only David Wall (230) and Marc Cini (368) have started more races in Australia’s top one-make category than Jane.
Jane made his Carrera Cup debut in the categories debut season, 2003, and raced in the category through to its temporary hiatus at the end of the 2008 season.
As well as winning the Pro-Am title in 2006 and 2007, Jane finished 8th outright in the 2008 championship, 9th in 2004 and 10th in 2006.
He stepped into what is now the Supercars Super2 series following Carrera Cup’s pause, before making his Porsche return in 2013 in the two-driver Pro-Am event at the Porsche Rennsport festival at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Driving with Nick Percat, the pair won the first of two one-hour enduro races giving Jane his first outright race victory in the championship, the pair also finishing third overall for the round.
He returned for the Pro-Am event the following year, this time driving with Nick McBride at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, before making a full-time Pro-Am class return in 2022, again driving with Sonic.
Jane is one of the most successful Pro-Am driver in series history with two titles, 32 Pro-Am race wins and victories in 10 Pro-Am rounds.
He holds series’ records for most Pro-Am wins in a row (12, in 2006), pole positions (16), pole positions in a row and pole positions in a single season (both 7).
Jane currently sits fourth in the 2023 SP Tools Pro-Am championship, well within striking distance of the top three drivers.
Throughout his time both competing and enjoying the category from afar, Jane’s presence has been notable thanks to the long-term sponsorship of the Sonic team by Bob Jane T-Marts.
Bob Jane-backed cars have won three Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia championships – in 2007 with David Reynolds, followed by Nick Foster in 2015 and Jordan Love in 2019.
As well as Jane’s own car, the iconic branding also appears on the Sonic cars driven by Simon Fallon and Angelo Mouzouris this year.