Reigning Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Champion, Harri Jones, will join top European race team, Phoenix Racing – now a newly formed partnership as SCHERER SPORT PHX – for the 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland.
Adding to his already secured Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup seat with twelve-time Porsche Supercup Teams Champion, BWT Lechner Racing, 2023 promises to be a pivotal year for the 23-year-old Queenslander, who has recently moved to Europe to focus full-time on racing.
“For me, it’s a very big step to be racing in Europe now,” says Jones.
“It’s always been my dream since I started motorsport eight years ago. This is the holy grail of motorsport and for me it’s a dream come true.
“My goal is to win the rookie classification and to continue to develop so that I can consistently fight at the front. I don’t know any of the circuits yet, and I haven’t competed against any European drivers. That will certainly be a challenge. But I have confidence in my abilities and the team. We will work very hard to be at the front everywhere, as quickly as possible.”
Jones will be one of ten rookies competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland this year, including teammate Matteo Ferrer-Aza from Italy.
Team Principal, Ernst Moser, is excited about what the new season will bring with both rookies on board.
“Even though this is the first year of the newly formed SCHERER SPORT PHX team, we can build on the Carrera Cup experience of the proven team from the past two years,” says Moser.
“We have two drivers who have never competed in the series before. Therefore, it will be an exciting season. It’s a great thrill to compete with such talented rookies.”
Project Manager Jean-Luc Tille believes Jones has what it takes to win the rookie championship this year.
“It’s cool to support a young driver from Australia with Harri,” says Tille.
“He has already shown in his home country that he can handle the Cup Porsche well. With him, we want to fight for the rookie title this year.”
Having secured a top seat in both the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championships, Jones stands to compete in 16 race weekends this year, a big step up from 8 in 2022.
He has left nothing to chance and has been training and practicing intensively since January in preparation for the gruelling year ahead, both on track through the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East earlier this year, and off-track on the Simulator.
“I feel better prepared than ever before, now it’s time to go show the Europeans what we’ve got!”
The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season opener will commence on 27th April in Spa, Belgium, as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).