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Ex-Ferrari F1 driver joins Aus GT Albert Park grid

Tom Howard

Friday 17th March, 2017 - 2:46pm

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Australian GT has confirmed a 30 car grid at Albert Park

Former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Ivan Capelli is among the international stars set to line up in the second round of the Australian GT Championship at Albert Park next weekend.

The Italian, who drove for the Maranello team in 1992, will pilot a Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan alongside car owner Jim Manolios, when the championship supports the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Organisers have confirmed a 30-car field for next weekend’s four, 25 minute sprint races, which will run to a revised format.

Capelli has switched to GT racing in recent years having enjoyed a career which included 93 F1 starts from 1985-1993.

The 53-year-old is a familiar face at Trofeo Motorsport having piloted the team’s Huracan at last month’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Adding to the international flavour, McLaren factory driver Lewis Williamson has been enlisted to partner Fraser Ross in the Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S.

The 27-year-old Scot cut his teeth in single seaters, winning the 2009 BRDC Rising Star award and last year competed in the World Endurance Championship with Strakka Racing in the LMP2 class.

Meanwhile, Audi factory young gun Kelvin van der Linde returns to the championship following his impressive debut at the Clipsal 500 earlier this month.

The South African will once again team up with Geoff Emery in the #74 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8, with the sister car to be driven by Tim Miles.

The Bathurst 12 Hour winning Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 returns to competitive action with Peter Edwards behind the wheel.

Ferrari will also be represented by Rosso Verde Racing, who will enter a 458 GT3 for Irishman Hector Lester and Benny Simonsen.

Meanwhile, the newly constructed Zagame Motorsport team will make its debut in the championship with Cameron McConville and Adrian Deitz set to pilot a Lamborghini Huracan.

Also making its series debut is an AMAC Motorsport Huracan piloted by Andrew McPherson.

Supercars co-drivers David Russell and Dean Fiore will feature in the Lago Racing Lamborghini driven by Roger Lago and the Marc Cini Hallmarc Audi R8 respectively.

As previously reported, the grid will be boosted by two BMWs M6 GT3s following the news the operation will field an entry for Danny Stutterd.

Australian GT Championship Round 2 Albert Park Entry List 

# Team Car Drivers
3 Ah Apartments Audi R8 LMS Ash Samadi
5 GT Motorsport Audi R8 LMS Greg Taylor
6 Timken Zagame Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville
7 Darrell Lea McLaren 650S GT3 Tony Quinn
8 Australian Engineered Flooring Mercedes-AMG GT3 Max Twigg
9 Hallmarc Construction Audi R8 LMS Marc Cini/Dean Fiore
11 Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 Tony Walls
14 PM Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX Peter Major
19 Hog’s Breath Café/Griffith Corporation Mercedes-AMG GT3 Mark Griffith/Jake Camilleri
23 JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX Roger Lago/David Russell
24 Moveitnet/AFS Mercedes-AMG GT3 Tony Bates
29 Pirelli/Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Jim Manolios/Ivan Capelli
44 Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 LMS James Koundouris/Ash Walsh
48 Interlloy M Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX Yasser Shahin/Glen Wood
51 AMAC Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Andrew Macpherson
59 Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S GT3 Fraser Ross/Lewis Williamson
73 HHH Triffid Racing Lamborghini R-EX Michael Hovey
74 Valvoline Audi R8 LMS Geoff Emery/Kelvin van der Linde
75 Valvoline Audi R8 LMS Tim Miles
88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 Peter Edwards
100 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 Steve Richards/James Bergmuller
101 DJS Racing BMW M6 GT3 Danny Stuttered
124 KFC Audi R8 LMS Gary Higgon
199 Industrie Clothing Audi R8 Ultra Nick Kelly/Barton Mawer
222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Scott Taylor/Craig Baird
911 MEGA Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Liam Talbot
21 Rosso Verde Racing Ferrari 458 GT3 Hector Lester/Benny Simonsen
68 Shoal/Thomson Geer Lawyers Porsche GT3 Cup Car Michael O’Donnell
99 Fire Rating Solutions Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 Mathew Turnbull
147 Mack Roofing Products Ferrari 458 GT3 Wayne Mack

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