Tom McLennan reveals striking look for his Mount Panorama debut
Porsche ace Tom McLennan has revealed a striking blue and purple look ahead of his Mount Panorama racing debut this weekend.
The emerging 17-year-old racer will compete in the Pro-class at the fourth round of the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge at Bathurst, going up against some of the brightest young talent in identical machinery at the famous mountain circuit.
This event marks the first time that the class has competed at Mount Panorama in 12 years. It is also McLennan’s first time racing on the 6.213km track.
The McElrea Racing-prepared Porsche features a chrome blue look, designed by renowned livery expert Tim Patterson.
The blue and purple are colours that McLennan has used through his racing career, including on his karts, Formula Ford and his personalised helmet.
The look has been transferred with ease to the Porsche and will make it one of the stand-out race cars at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International this weekend.
After stepping up from Formula Ford into Porsches, McLennan has impressed in his maiden two race meetings in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge. After stepping into the Pro class, he has taken two top five results and is keen to continue his rise towards the front at Bathurst.
It has been a big week for McLennan, who earlier this week confirmed that he will contest the 2023 Castrol Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand – regarded as one of the premier open wheel racing categories in the world.
McLennan and his Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge rivals will contest three races over two days of the Bathurst International race meeting, with practice, qualifying and the first race to be held on Friday, followed by two races on Saturday.
Both of Saturday’s races will be broadcast live and ad-break free on Stan Sport.
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“I’ve always had a thing with blue racing cars,” said McLennan.
“When I was karting, blue was the colour of the TGR karts, and I’ve used that in my logo, my helmet, and as it has turned out, on most of my race cars as well.
“I noticed that not many people use purples with blue so I developed the colour mix with early helmet designs with Antman and applied this to my old Formula Ford design.
“We looked at various wraps that Tim had created and some of these have been done in chrome which look fantastic on track .We wanted to use that as inspiration and take our design to the next level.
“The finished car looks awesome. I have to give a huge shout out to Ben Schliebs who brought the design to life in a short period of time. The sticker job is great and I can’t wait to take it around the mountain.
“I’ve never raced at Bathurst before. Like everyone, I’ve been watching car races around there for many years, and it is a track that needs to be respected. There are few errors that go unpunished, and with a short two-day meeting for the Porsches, I plan to ease my way in and build up to a comfortable pace.
“My plan is to remain focused, lean on the experience of the McElrea team and progress as the sessions go on.”