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IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS Perth’s Love brothers, Jordan and Aaron, have left an extraordinary mark on Australian motorsport. And this weekend the talented pair have it all before them on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Teenager Aaron (left) debuts in Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia on the tricky street circuit, bringing to five the number of Sonic Motor Racing Services cars by a single team.
He joins Jordan in the team, making the 16-year-old the youngest driver in 2019 to make a start in the highly competitive Porsche championship.
Theirs is an ongoing achievement that must bring delight to the lads’ family, particularly their popular restaurateur Dad Ian Love – himself a handy pedaller in his day. Ian turned 70 Friday. Happy Birthday, young man. Cheers!
Jordan’s also in Surfers Paradise readying for the final round of the championship, in which he heads his Sonic teammate Dale Wood by a mere two points.
A simply fascinating result for the championship. And a great promotion Porsche Australia. It promises much on those scary tight streets of Surfers.
No question the young man will be focused on that coveted 2019 title, but he’ll be mindful of what lies ahead.
The 20-year-old is off next month to Europe to get set for the Porsche Junior Shootout – quite likely a career-defining indicator – at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in gorgeous Portugal.
The Algarve: A particularly tasty part of the planet. Although it can be a tad chilly in November.
“I’ve been working hard on and off the track in the last few months with my team, Porsche and my trainer Josh. While sealing the championship this weekend is my main goal, I feel honoured to be the Australian nominee for this year’s shootout.”Jordan Love
During 2019 each Carrera Cup championship across the globe nominates just one candidate. Representing Australia: Jordan Love who, in recent months, has undergone an extensive program in preparation for the challenge ahead.
“It was my major goal since starting in GT3 Cup Challenge two years ago.”
“The Michelin Junior program is fantastic and as we’ve seen with Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans genuinely provides young drivers with the opportunity to take their careers to Europe.
“My ultimate goal is to use the Porsche pyramid to become a Porsche factory driver and it will be interesting to see how I fare against the best Carrera Cup drivers from around the world.
“I’m incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity and I’m sure I will gain a lot of experience no matter what the outcome may be.”
It’s been a fascinating journey since Jordan Love, aged nine, finished second in his first comp – the West Australian Karting State Championships!
Meanwhile, young Aaron currently sits second in the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge class – for the previous generation Porsche 911 Carrera Cup cars – with one round to go!
“It’s a really good opportunity to experience this higher level of competition,” he said. “It will be a massive learning curve, so I have an open mind.
“Of course, you always want to get up the front, but because I’m experiencing something new, I just want to take as much as I can out of it and move forward from there.
“I love the circuit too – it’s one of the most unique street tracks around the world, so I can’t wait for it.”
Michael Ritter, Team Owner, Sonic Motor Racing: “GT3 Cup Challenge does such a good job of preparing drivers for Carrera Cup and we are pleased to be able to give Aaron this opportunity.”
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