Tom Sargent and CHE Racing Team have claimed outright series victory in the 2022 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge at Phillip Island today.
The 20-year-old rising star finished the three races at Phillip Island with a trio of second place finishes, enough to clinch the crown.
The series win is his and CHE Racing's second major national title in a row, following their success in the Australia Formula Ford Series last year.
It was an exception season for Sargent, claiming seven race wins and finishing every race either first or second across the six round series.
Sargent played a cool hand over the Phillip Island weekend, fighting hard with his main title rival Ryan Wood in all three races, shadowing Wood in Races 1 and 3, while Race 2 was declared a non-event after an early race incident.
From here, Sargent will take the next step in his racing career, competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Championship in 2023.
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“Another top weekend here at Phillip Island for the final round of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge. I finished second overall for the round so I am super stoked with that performance," said Sargent.
“Ryan Wood got the edge over us in qualifying and then got the upper hand over us again in Race 1.
“Race 2, unfortunately was red flagged and was a non-event so we didn’t get to classify that one as a points-paying race. Race 3, we once again had to race hard against Wood, but we were able to come home in P2 and take the title in the end.
“It has been an awesome year. I’ve learned so much and that’s what this category is all about. I’m super stoked, and it's been great time racing against Wood. It was great to wrap up the series win and I'm looking forward to what is to come next year.
“A huge thanks to everyone that has helped out this year, there are too many people to mention who have worked behind the scenes to make this achievement happen.”
Team owner, CHE Racing Team
“Well, we did it! We are the 2022 Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge series winners," said Cameron Hill.
“Tom has been driving like a champion all year and heading into this weekend, he had heaps of pressure staked on top of him, especially the challenge from Ryan (Wood).
“Initially, Wood was trying to back up the pack and close the gap between Tom (Sargent) and Aaron Shields, but he kept his composure and he brought it home.
“Well done to Tom. Well done to the whole team, just an awesome effort from all involved. I am so, so proud.”