A 29-car field including five GT4 cars is set to take to Sandown for Round 3 of the CAMS Australian GT Championship this weekend.
The absence of championship leaders Max Twigg and Tony D’Alberto presents Liam Talbot, currently two points behind, a big opportunity to move to the top of the table in his Porsche 911 GT3-R.
Defending champion Geoff Emery, who sealed the title when Australian GT ran on the Sandown 500 support card in September last year, will race one of five current-specification Audi R8 LMS GT3s.
Emery’s old car was recently bought by Aussie Driver Search and will be raced in the hands of Round 1 winner and Australian GT rookie Jaie Robson, who drove a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Albert Park and The Bend.
“The Mercedes has been great for Jaie and ADS however with us purchasing our own Audi R8 LMS, it made sense for Jaie to race the Audi,” ADS founder Kyle Austin.
“We plan to utilise the Audi as much as possible in Aus GT and our events.”
There will nevertheless be three Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the field, including one driven by Peter Hackett, who is currently third in the championship.
A further three points back in the standings is Fraser Ross, he and Tony Quinn each piloting a McLaren 650S.
In the Lamborghini ranks, Glen Wood moves back into a GT3 to partner Dean Koutsoumidis in an R-EX, while Jim Manolios steers a Huracan.
Peter Edwards is entered in a Ferrari 458 and the BMW Team SRM M6 will be driven by Steven Richards and European Le Mans Series race class winner Ricky Capo.
In addition to the 15 Championship class GT3 cars are nine Trophy class cars and five GT4s.
Round 3 of Australian, at Shannons Nationals, will be contested over three 40-minute races, with practice on Friday May 11.
Entry list: Round 3, Sandown International Motor Raceway
|1||Valvoline||Geoff Emery||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|3||Ah Apartments||Ash Samadi||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|7||Mariani Beef Jerky||Tony Quinn||McLaren 650S GT3||Championship|
|9||Hallmarc Constructions||Marc Cini||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|19||Hogs Breath Café / Griffith Corporation||Mark Griffith||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Championship|
|24||KFC/Ctech Laser/Moveitnet/B&B||Tony Bates||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|29||Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate / FreeM||Jim Manolios||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Championship|
|49||Exedra / M Motorpsort||Dean Koutsoumidis
|59||Total Oil / Opti-Coat / Logitech||Fraser Ross||McLaren 650S GT3||Championship|
|63||Eggleston Motorsport||Peter Hackett||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Championship|
|88||Maranello Motorsport||Peter Edwards||Ferrari 458 GT3||Championship|
|98||Aussie Driver Search||Jaie Robson||Audi R8 LMS||Championship|
|100||BMW Team SRM||Steve Richards
|BMW M6 GT3||Championship|
|222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Scott Taylor||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Championship|
|911||Walkinshaw GT3||Liam Talbot||Porsche 911 GT3-R||Championship|
|16||MPD Steak Kitchen||Victor Zagame||Audi R8 LMS GT4||GT4|
|48||Forum Group / M Motorsport||Vince Tresoriero||KTM X-Bow GT4||GT4|
|50||Vantage Freight / M Motorsport||David Crampton
|KTM X-Bow GT4||GT4|
|55||Hogs Breath Café / Griffith Corporation||TBC||Ginetta G55 GT4||GT4|
|67||JMG / Bilstein||Jeremy Gray||Aston Martin Vantage GT4||GT4|
|12||Seidler Group||Chris Seidler
|Porsche GT3 Cup Car||Trophy|
|23||Kentucky Fried Chicken||Matthew Stoupas||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
|34||Motorsport Leasing / RaceRamps||John Morriss||Porsche 911 GT3-R||Trophy|
|64||Aaron Laboratories||Joseph Ensabella||Porsche GT3 Cup Car||Trophy|
|71||Dale Paterson Motorsports||Dale Paterson||Chevrolet Camaro GT3||Trophy|
|77||JJA Consulting Group||Jan Jinadasa||Lamborghini Gallardo GT3||Trophy|
|99||Industrie||Nick Kelly||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
|147||Superfluid||Dave Stevens||Ferrari 458 GT3||Trophy|
|188||E.A.T. Furniture||Rio Nugara||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||Trophy|
Schedule: Round 3
|Friday May 11|
|Saturday May 12|
|Sunday May 13|