Capacity Australian GT grid set for Albert Park
A capacity 32 car grid has been confirmed for the second round of the Australian GT Championship at Albert Park this weekend.
The category returns to the undercard of the Australian Grand Prix event for the first time since 2010 with four 25 minute races scheduled.
Headlining the entries are two Ferrari 488 GT3s entered by Melbourne operations Maranello Motorsport and Vicious Rumour Racing, marking the global racing debut of the new model.
Tony D’Alberto and car owner Peter Edwards will combine in the Maranello entry, while Ferrari test driver Andrea Montermini will be joined by Benny Simonsen, brother of the late Allan Simonsen, in the Vicious Rumour Racing car.
Another new car will make its Australian racing debut at Albert Park with championship owner Tony Quinn set to pilot the latest specification Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Meanwhile, British GT Championship regular Hector Lester will make the trip down under to contest the meeting behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 GT3.
The Irishman last made an appearance in the championship in 2009 and has also competed in the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour.
After sustaining heavy damage in the Clipsal 500 season opener, the Superbarn Supermarkets Audi R8, piloted by James Koundouris and Marcus Marshall, has been repaired in time for the second round.
The Audi R8, which won Race 2 at Adelaide, was collected by the Eggleston Mercedes driven by Peter Hackett in Race 3, resulting in a $20,000 fine and an exclusion from the round for the latter.
Hackett and co-driver Dominic Storey had already elected to sit out the Melbourne round with the car scheduled to compete in the grand prix’s Ultimate Speed Comparison event.
As previously reported, Andrew and George Miedecke will return to the championship in a Matt Stone Racing Aston Martin GT3, while Peter and Alex Rullo will enter their Lamborghini Gallardo after skipping the Clipsal 500.
Familiar faces Cameron McConville and Adrian Dietz will also make a return in the #8 Maranello Motorsport prepared Ferrari 458 GT3.
Following an eventful Clipsal 500 season opener, the Lamborghini of Glen Wood and Justin McMillan tops the championship standings heading into the event.
Australian GT Entry List Round 2 Australian Grand Prix
|1||Christopher Mies/Geoff Emery||JAMEC PEM||Audi R8 LMS|
|2||Steven McLaughlan||JAMEC PEM||Audi R8 LMS|
|4||Marcus Marshall/James Koundouris||Supabarn Supermarkets||Audi R8 LMS|
|5||Greg Taylor||GT Motorsport||Audi R8 LMS|
|6||Rod Salmon||Skwirk Online Education||Audi R8 LMS Ultra|
|7||Tony Quinn||Darrell Lea||Aston Martin Vantage GT3|
|8||Cameron McConville/Adrian Dietz||Maranello Motorsport||Ferrari 458 GT3|
|9||Ash Samadi||Bondi Wholefoods||Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3|
|11||Tony Walls||Objective Racing||McLaren 650S GT3|
|14||Dean Canto/Andrew Taplin||Taplin Real Estate||Lamborghini R-EX|
|19||Mark Griffith||Hog’s Breath Cafe/Griffith Corporation||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|21||Hector Lester||Rosso Verde Racing||Ferrari 458 GT3|
|23||Roger Lago||JBS Australia||Lamborghini R-EX|
|33||Simon Ellingham||Fastway Couriers||Audi R8 LMS Ultra|
|37||Klark Quinn||Darrell Lea||McLaren 650S GT3|
|38||Matthew Solomon||Eggleston Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|43||Tim Macrow/Brenton Griguol||Koala Motorsport||Ferrari F430 GT3|
|46||John Magro||M Motorsport||Lamborghini Gallardo FLII|
|48||Glen Wood/Justin McMillan||Interlloy M Motorsport||Lamborghini R-EX|
|49||Andrea Montermini/Benny Simonsen||DeFelice Homes||Ferrari 488 GT3|
|51||Andrew Macpherson||AMAC Motorsport||Porsche 997 GT3-R|
|59||Jonathon Webb/Grant Denyer||McLaren Melbourne||McLaren 650S GT3|
|60||Nathan Morcom||TEKNO Autosport||McLaren 650S GT3|
|61||Nathan Antunes/Elliot Barbour||SLR TEKNO Autosport||McLaren 650S GT3|
|62||Alex Rullo/Peter Rullo||Performance West Motorsport||Lamborghini Gallardo FLII|
|80||Tony D’Alberto/Peter Edwards||Maranello Motorsport||Ferrari 488 GT3|
|92||Ricky Capo||Modena Engineering||BMW Z4 GT3|
|93||John Martin/Aaron Tebb||Waltec Motorsport||Porsche 997 GT3-R|
|95||George Miedecke/Andrew Miedecke||Miedecke Motor Group||Aston Martin Vantage GT3|
|99||Matthew Turnbull||Fire Racing Solutions||Lamborghini LP-560 GT3|
|100||Steve Richards/Max Twigg||BMW Team SRM||BMW M6 GT3|
|222||Craig Baird/Scott Taylor||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
2x qualifying sessions, 4x race (25 minutes + 1 lap)
Driver A qualifies in Qualifying 1
Driver B qualifies in Qualifying 2
Solo drivers will compete in both sessions
Fastest time from either session sets the grid
Driver A starts races 1 and 3
Driver B starts races 2 and 4
No compulsory pit stops, but time will be added on to the car’s race time