A 30-car field will take to Albert Park for Round 1 of the CAMS Australian GT Championship this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.
The winning combination from last November’s Australian Endurance Championship finale at the Highlands Motorsport Park will be represented with Tony D’Alberto again joining Max Twigg in a Mercedes-AMG GT3.
D’Alberto and Twigg also teamed up for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, along with Craig Baird, to finish 12th outright and sixth in the Class A Pro-Am class.
Baird is partnering Scott Taylor in another Mercedes-AMG, as he will do in the season’s three endurance races.
The Walkinshaw Racing-run Porsche 911 GT3-R will also take to the Melbourne streets in the hands of Liam Talbot and John Martin, who drove the car in last year’s Australian Endurance Championship but were in a Mark Griffith Mercedes-AMG for the most recent Bathurst 12 Hour.
As previously reported, three-time Le Mans winner Marcel Fassler joins defending Australian GT champion Geoff Emery in a Jamec Pem Audi, while three-time F1 race winner Giancarlo Fisichella will drive the Maranello Ferrari with Peter Edwards.
The 2017 Australian Endurance Championship-winning pair of Peter Hackett and now Super2 rookie Dominic Storey are sharing a Mercedes-AMG, and Tony Bates will make his racing return after a shunt at Townsville last July which required shoulder surgery.
The Championship and Trophy classes are comprised by 13 cars each, while four GT4-specification cars round out the entry list.
All up, the field covers 11 manufacturers, including the Trophy class Chevrolet Camaro in the hands of Dale Paterson.
Australian GT will run the same four-race format as it did last year, with Pro drivers contesting Qualifying 1, Race 1, and Race 3, and a progressive grid for those sessions.
Am drivers will similarly tackle Qualifying 2, Race 2, and Race 4, while single drivers will tackle all six sessions throughout the weekend.
The two qualifying sessions and Race 1 will be held on the first day of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix weekend this Thursday.
Entry list: Round 1, Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
|Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|3||Ah Apartments||Ash Samadi||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|7||Byron Bay Beef Jerky||Tony Quinn||McLaren 650S||Championship|
|8||WM Waste Management||Max Twigg
|Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|59||YNA Autosport||Fraser Ross||McLaren 650S||Championship|
|63||Eggleston Motorsport||Peter Hackett
|88||Maranello Motorsport||Peter Edwards
|98||Aussie Driver Search||Jaie Robson||Mercedes-AMG||Championship|
|100||BMW Team SRM||Steve Richards
|222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Scott Taylor
|911||Walkinshaw GT3||Liam Talbot
|Porsche 911 GT3-R||Championship|
|10||Hallmarc||Michael Loccisano||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|12||Seidler Group||Chris Seidler
|Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|21||Melbourne Orthopaedic Group||Shane Barwood||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|23||Kentucky Fried Chicken||Matthew Stoupas||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
|31||The Porsche Broker||Sam Fillmore||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|32||The Porsche Broker||Daniel Stuttered||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|34||Motorsport Leading||John Marriss||Porsche 911 GT3-R||Trophy|
|47||Mack Bros Roofing Products||Wayne Mack||Ferrari 458||Trophy|
|64||Aaron Laboratories||Joseph Ensabella||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||Trophy|
|71||Dale Paterson Motorsports||Dale Paterson||Chevrolet Camaro||Trophy|
|77||JJA Consulting Group||Jan Jinadasa||Lamborghini Gallardo||Trophy|
|188||EAT Furniture||Rio Nugara||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
|199||Industrie||Nick Kelly||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
|4||BMW Team SRM||Xavier West||BMW M4||GT4|
|19||Hogs Breath Café||Mark Griffith||Ginetta G55||GT4|
|48||Interlloy M Motorsport||Justin McMillan||KTM X-Bow||GT4|
|67||JMG/Bilstein||Jeremy Gray||Aston Martin Vantage||GT4|