Blanchard to make Australian GT debut at Phillip Island

Tim Blanchard will pilot a Lamborghini Huracan in his Australian GT debut pic: Ross Gibb

Tim Blanchard will make his Australian GT debut in this weekend’s first CAMS Australian Endurance Championship round of 2019 at Phillip Island.

Blanchard will share a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Joseph Ensabella in a field that also includes Jamie Whincup and fellow Pirtek Enduro Cup co-drivers Garth Tander, Luke Youlden, and Tony D’Alberto.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in Supercars, and obviously still have my commitments as a co-driver in the endurance events, but I was keen to look at options beyond that, and this weekend’s opportunity to jump behind the wheel of the Trofeo Motorsport Huracan provides me the chance to see what it’s like firsthand” said Blanchard.

“I’ve been keeping a keen eye on Australian GT for a while. I’ve also watched Shane Van Gisbergen, Tim Slade, Garth Tander and a few of the other Supercars guys come in and out with pretty good success, so I’m keen to see what it’s like.

“I love Phillip Island, so it was the perfect place to kick off this leg of my career, and whilst I haven’t driven the Huracan yet, I’m not expecting us to be challenging the experienced guys for the win.

“It’s all about learning the car and getting used to how it works, and working with a new team and co-driver, but I expect if the weather stays nice, it will be a great experience so I’m really looking forward to it.”

It is expected that 14 cars will contest what is the third round of the Australian GT Championship and first round of the AEC.

Tander will be on double duty in Melbourne Performance Centre-run Audis in GT and TCR Australia, sharing with Geoff Emery in the former, while Whincup partners Yasser Shahin in a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Youlden is teaming up with Vince Muriti in an Audi R8 LMS while D’Alberto continues his partnership with Max Twigg in a Mercedes-AMG.

John Martin, who previously served as the Pro driver in Walkinshaw GT3’s Porsche, is set to share an Audi with Tony Bates who won last year’s Phillip Island AEC race.

The man who partnered Bates on that occasion, Daniel Gaunt, will drive an Aston Martin Vantage with Tony Quinn.

Action starts this Friday with two unofficial practice sessions, before more practice and two qualifying sessions on Saturday, and a three-hour race from 0945 local time/AEST on Sunday. will carry the Shannons Nationals live stream on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry list: Australian Endurance Championship, Phillip Island Predicted

Num Team/Sponsor Drivers Car Class
1 Valvoline Geoff Emery
Garth Tander
Audi R8 LMS Evo Championship
6 Wall Racing Adrian Deitz
Cameron McConville
Lamborghini Huracan Championship
7 Local Legends Tony Quinn
Daniel Gaunt
Aston Martin Vantage Championship
8 WM Waste Management Max Twigg
Tony D’Alberto
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Championship
24 AFS Tony Bates
John Martin
Audi R8 LMS Championship
33 Perfect Auto Body Vince Muriti
Luke Youlden
Audi R8 LMS Championship
48 M Motorsport Justin McMillan
Glen Wood
Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 GT4
50 Vintage Freight/M Motorsport David Crampton
Trent Harrison
Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 GT4
59 59 Racing/HSY/Opti-Coat Fraser Ross
Ryan Simpson
McLaren 720S GT3 Championship
63 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett
Dominic Storey
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Championship
99 Industrie Clothing Nick Kelly
Barton Mawer
Audi R8 LMS Ultra Trophy
129 Haemokinesis/Trofeo Estate Joseph Ensabella
Tim Blanchard
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Championship
222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor
Craig Baird
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Championship
777 The Bend Motorsport Park Yasser Shahin
Jamie Whincup
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Championship

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