Supercars stars headline 20-car GT field at Phillip Island
Tuesday 9th March, 2021 - 11:00am
A 20-car field has been confirmed for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Phillip Island this weekend.
Eight different brands will be on the grid, namely Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes, Nissan and Chevrolet.
Among the high-profile drivers in action will be Chaz Mostert, Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup.
Mostert and Tander will both be in Pro-Am Audis, partnered with Tony Bates and Yasser Shahin respectively.
Whincup meanwhile is a late inclusion for injured Triple Eight team-mate Shane van Gisbergen, who broke his collarbone in a mountain biking accident on Saturday.
Whincup will subsequently share the #888 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo with Prince Jefri Ibrahim.
Among other notable entries will be the father-son combination of Stephen and Brenton Grove aboard their new Porsche 911 GT3 R.
All up, eight cars will contest the ‘Championship’ class, 11 entries will be in ‘Trophy’, plus the sole GT4 competitor of Mark Griffiths (Mercedes-AMG GT4).
“Twenty cars for the return of top-line GT racing is a great result for the first event and I’m proud of the entrants who are getting back in their awesome cars and entertaining us all,” said category manager Ken Collier.
“It actually looked like we were going to have even more than 20 cars, but a couple of teams withdrew late, so the good news there is that we know the interest is there for GT3 racing in Australia.
“With big events coming up soon at Mount Panorama and The Bend, I wouldn’t be surprised if we have over 25 cars entering sooner rather than later.
“And there’s a great calibre of drivers and cars there too. It’s almost too hard to predict who is going to win, so it’s going to make for some great viewing, whether you are at home watching the TV, or trackside at Phillip Island.”
The Phillip Island round will be headlined by two 60-minute races across Saturday and Sunday, with those heats broadcast in Australia on 7mate and 7plus, and in New Zealand on Sky Sport.
Entry list: Round 1, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
|Num||Entry Type||Division||Driver A||Driver B||Make/Model|
|4||Champ||Pro/Am||Stephen Grove||Brenton Grove||Porsche 911 GT3 R|
|7||Champ||Am Solo||Tony Quinn||Aston Martin Vantage AMR|
|24||Champ||Pro/Am||Tony Bates||Chaz Mostert||Audi R8 LMS Evo|
|51||Champ||Am/Am||Andrew Macpherson||Ben Porter||Lamborghini Huracan Evo|
|88||Champ||Am/Am||Peter Edwards||Adrian Deitz||Ferrari 488 GT3|
|91||Champ||Am Solo||Arthur Abrahams||Audi R8 LMS Evo|
|777||Champ||Pro/Am||Yasser Shahin||Garth Tander||Audi R8 LMS Evo|
|888||Champ||Pro/Am||Prince Jefri Ibrahim||Jamie Whincup||Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo|
|19||GT4||Am||Mark Griffith||Mercedes-AMG GT4|
|5||Trophy||Am||Greg Taylor||Audi R8 LMS|
|23||Trophy||Am Solo||Matt Stoupas||Audi R8 LMS|
|33||Trophy||Am Solo||Vince Muriti||Audi R8 LMS|
|38||Trophy||Am||Michael Bailey||Aston Martin V12 Vantage|
|47||Trophy||Am||Wayne Mack||Ferrari 458 GT3|
|55||Trophy||Am||Brad Schumacher||Audi R8 LMS Ultra|
|71||Trophy||Am||Dale Paterson||Chevrolet Camaro GT3|
|77||Trophy||Am/Am||Vince Tesoriero||Bill Papadimitriou||Audi R8 LMS Ultra|
|96||Trophy||Am||Brett Hobson||Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3|
|99||Trophy||Am||Nick Kelly||Audi R8 LMS Ultra|
|124||Trophy||Am/Am||Gary Higgon||Paul Stokell||Audi R8 LMS|