Strong line-up for Phillip Island GT enduro
An array of V8 Supercars co-drivers will join the Australian GT Championship field for the upcoming 101 endurance event at Phillip Island.
GT organisers have released a provisional entry list for the May 23-25 Shannons Nationals meeting, which will see the exotic machines contest a 101 lap, 450km, race on the Saturday.
The race has attracted 26 confirmed entries, headed by Erebus Motorsport’s AGTC points leader Richard Muscat, who is joined in the #36 Mercedes by Dunlop Series driver Jack Le Brocq.
V8 enduro drivers set to compete include Craig Baird (Klark Quinn McLaren), David Russell (Roger Lago Lamborghini) and Warren Luff (Steve McLaughlan Audi).
Steve Owen and Steven Richards will also be present, undertaking their regular AGTC co-driving duties with James Koundouris (Porsche) and Justin McMillan (Lamborghini) respectively.
Although not on the published entry list, Walkinshaw Racing’s Tony D’Albeto is also expected to race, rejoining Tony DeFelice’s Vicious Rumour Racing Ferrari outfit following its ill-fated assault on the Bathurst 12 Hour.
Front-runner Tony Quinn is meanwhile yet to confirm who will co-drive his Aston Martin, which has been repaired following its crash at Sandown.
Jim Manolios, who collided with Quinn while driving the category owner’s Ferrari at the season-opener, will return to his recently upgraded Corvette for Phillip Island.
The car, which features a new aerodynamic package and paddle-shift gearbox, will be co-driven by former Garry Rogers Motorsport crew member Ryan Millier.
Muscat’s lead in the AGTC standings sits at 15 points over the Peter Edwards/John Bowe Maranello Ferrari combination following Sandown.
Klark Quinn is third, a further two points adrift, while James Koundouris/Steve Owen and Tony Quinn complete the top five.
Phillip Island is one of two AGTC meetings to feature a 101 lap race this year, although the second, to be held at New Zealand’s Highlands Park, will not count for championship points.
See below for the Phillip Island entry list
1. Klark Quinn/Craig Baird (Darrell Lea McLaren MP4-12C)
7. Tony Quinn/tbc (Darrell Lea Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
23. Roger Lago/David Russell (Lago Racing Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3)
29. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (Trofeo Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette Z06.R GT3)
36. Richard Muscat/Jack Le Brocq (Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3)
47. James Koundouris/Steve Owen (Supabarn Supermarkets Porsche GT3-R)
48. Justin McMillan/Steven Richards (Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3)
88. Peter Edwards/John Bowe (Il Bello Rosso Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
6. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (Skwirk.com.au Audi R8 LMS GT3)
14. Peter Conroy/Dean Grant (Conroy Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)
33. Jono Lester/Simon Ellingham (Fastway Couriers Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)
51. Andrew MacPherson/Ben Porter (IMAK Int. Porsche 997 Cup-S)
52. Keith Kassulke/Jonathan Venter (Ascari KZR-1 GT3)
69. Theo Koundouris/Sam Power (Supabarn Supermarkets Porsche 997 Cup-S)
71. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (Equity-One Audi R8 LMS GT3)
72, Ockert Fourie/John Magro (Audi R8 LMS GT3)
73. Michael Hovey/Matt Cambell (Associated Projects Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
75. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (JAMEC PEM Audi R8 LMS GT3)
77. Jan Jinadasa/Dan Gaunt (JJA Consulting Group Lamborghini Gallardo LP520)
3. Ben Foessel/George Foessel (Motor School Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
21. Jeff Neale/Terry Knight (RockStar Racing Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
25. Brendan Cook/Matt Kingsley (Walz Group Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
35. Indiran Padayachee/Andrew Fisher (Rentcorp Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)
9. Tony Martin/Grant Bromley (TM Motorsports Ginetta G50 GT4)
19. Mark Griffith/Karl Reindler (Hog’s Breath Cafe Ginetta G50 GT4)
54. Tony Alford/Ryan McLeod (Donut King Lotus Elise)