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Capacity grid set for Australian GT opener

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Monday 23rd February, 2015 - 6:27pm

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Australian GT Championship poised for bumper season opener

Australian GT Championship poised for bumper season opener

A capacity grid is set for the opening round of the Australian GT Championship when the season kicks off at the Clipsal 500.

The category, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has released a bumper entry list for its return to the Adelaide streets, comprising a field of 34 cars featuring 11 manufacturers.

The championship will boast an international flavour for its curtain raiser with factory Audi driver Christopher Mies set to star in the #74 JAMEC PEM Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 alongside Greg Crick.

He will be joined by former F1 driver Tomas Enge, who will pilot M Motorsport’s Reiter Engineering Chevrolet Camaro with owner Justin McMillan.

The 38-year-old Czech, who made three starts for Prost Grand Prix in 2001, could feature for the team in further events during the season.

A second Reiter Engineering Camaro will be piloted by the renowned Steven Richards alongside Victorian racer Dale Paterson.

The new McLaren 650s will make its Australian competitive debut in the hands of Tony Quinn and Carrera Cup racer Tony Walls.

Former Australian GT champion Klark Quinn will jump behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C GT3.

Erebus Motorsport returns to the championship with an all new line up in its Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3s.

Morgan Haber will switch from the Dunlop Series to drive the #28 car, while Max Twigg and Geoff Emery will share the sister #36.

Veteran V8 Supercar drivers Dean Canto and Steven Johnson will feature having sewn up deals to drive Andrew Taplin’s Aston Martin Vnatage and JAMEC-PEM Racing’s #75 Audi R8 entries respectively.

Meanwhile, Warren Luff will drive the Fastway Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car with New Zealander Simon Ellingham.

Maranello Motorsport will be notable absentees from the grid after its Ferrari 458 and Bentley Continental GT3 sustained heavy damage at the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this month.

However, Ferrari will be represented by Kiwi operation Trass Family Motorsport, spearheaded by Jono Lester, and Adrian Deitz’s 458 Italia set to be shared with Cameron McConville.

The Australian GT Championship will contest two 20 lap sprint races held on Saturday and Sunday, with a 60 minute feature set for Saturday evening.

Australian GT Championship Clipsal 500 Entry List

Vehicle #
Division
R1
Driver Surname
First Name
Driver Grading
Vehicle Make
Model
2
Championship
y
Fitzgerald
Peter
Master
Audi
R8 Ultra
3
Trophy
y
Foessel
Ben
Master
Ginetta
G50Z
5
Trophy
y
Weeks
Kevin
Gold
Ford
GT 2011 GT3
6
Championship
y
Antunes
Nathan
Expert
Audi
R8 Ultra
7
Championship
y
Quinn
Anthony
Master
McLaren
650S GT3
8
Championship
y
Deitz
Adrian
Gold
Ferrari
458 GT3
y
McConville
Cameron
Pro
11
Championship
y
Walls
Tony
Gold
McLaren
650S GT3
12
Challenge
y
Cook
Brendan
Gold
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY09
y
Kingsley
Matt
Expert
14
Championship
y
Taplin
Andrew
Master
Aston Martin
Vantage GT3
y
Canto
Dean
Pro
19
Trophy
y
Griffith
Mark
Master
Audi
R8 LMS
21
Trophy
y
Danny
Stutterd
Master
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY11
27
Championship
y
Lester
Jono
Pro
Ferrari
458 GT3
y
Kelly
Paul
Master
28
Championship
y
Haber
Morgan
Expert
Mercedes Benz
AMG SLS GT3
33
Trophy
y
Ellinghham
Simon
Gold
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY11
y
Luff
Warren
Pro
36
Championship
y
Twigg
Max
Master
Mercedes Benz
AMG SLS GT3
y
Emery
Geoff
Master
37
Championship
y
Quinn
Klark
Expert
McLaren
MP412-C
38
Trophy
y
Taylor
Greg
Gold
Audi
R8 LMS
y
Mawer
Barton
Expert
43
Trophy
y
Griguol
Brenton
Gold
Ferrari
F430 GT3
47
Championship
y
Koundouris
James
Gold
Porsche
997 GT3-R
48
Championship
y
McMillan
Justin
Master
Reiter
Camaro GT3
y
Enge
Tomas
Pro
49
Championship
y
Magro
John
Master
Lamborghini
Gallardo FLII
51
Championship
y
Macpherson
Andrew
Gold
Porsche
997 GT3-R
y
Winslow
James
Expert
53
Challenge
y
Gartner
Richard
Gold
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY09
54
Challenge
y
Alford
Tony
Gold
Lotus
Exide Cup R
63
Championship
y
Lilley
Ross
Gold
Lamborghini
Gallardo LP600 FL11
64
Trophy
y
Simon
McLennan
Master
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY11
y
Tim
Macrow
Expert
66
Trophy
y
Goodacre
John
Gold
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY11
68
Challenge
y
O’Donnell
Michael
Gold
Porsche
GT3 Cup Car MY09
69
Trophy
y
Koundouris
Theo
Gold
Porsche
996 GT3-S
71
Championship
y
Paterson
Dale
Master
Reiter
Camaro GT3
y
Richards
Steven
Pro
73
Championship
y
Hovey
Michael
Gold
Ginetta
G55 GT3
74
Championship
y
McLaughlan
Steven
Master
Audi
R8 Ultra
y
Johnson
Steven
Pro
75
Championship
y
Mies
Christopher
Pro
Audi
R8 Ultra
y
Crick
Greg
Expert
77
Trophy
y
Jinadasa
Jan
Gold
Lamborghini
LP560-4 GT3 2011

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