T8 Super2 star cuts first GT3 laps

The Tony Quinn Aston Martin which Angelo Mouzouris drove

Triple Eight Super2 young gun Angelo Mouzouris has experienced his first laps behind the wheel of a GT3 car, courtesy of the Banyo squad’s new owner, Tony Quinn.

Mouzouris drove the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 around Phillip Island in a private test ahead of the 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS season-opener which kicks off tomorrow.

While the 19-year-old has experience at the Victorian circuit, it being the place where he wrapped up the 2019 Australian Formula Ford title, the Vantage was a new experience.

“I can’t really thank Tony enough for giving me the opportunity to drive it,” he said.

“[It was] Such a cool experience, especially at Phillip Island.

“It’s so quick compared to what I’ve been in around here; it was definitely an unforgettable experience.”

The drive was also something of a contrast to the VF Commodore Supercar which he normally races in the Dunlop Super2 Series, most recently at Mount Panorama at the end of last month when he took a maiden pole position.

“It was obviously a massive step from, say, Super2,” added Mouzouris.

“[It has] so much aero, and a really good tyre underneath the car, so it was definitely an experience to remember.”

Quinn is a solo driver entry in the Australian GT field this weekend, while Jamie Whincup and Prince Jefri Ibrahim will share Triple Eight Race Engineering’s own Mercedes-AMG GT3 after Shane van Gisbergen was sidelined due to a collarbone injury.

Mouzouris says that he would be keen to race one of those vehicles if the chance comes his way.

“I mean, if the opportunity arises, I would definitely put my hand up for it,” he remarked.

“That was so much fun to drive, so why wouldn’t you?”

GT World Challenge Australia will see two practice sessions and two qualifying sessions tomorrow at Phillip Island.

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