21-car entry list for GT World Challenge finale at Adelaide 500
Tuesday 29th November, 2022 - 10:04am
A 21-car field is set to contest the final round of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at this weekend’s Valo Adelaide 500.
The figure includes eight cars in the top class, Pro-Am, which features a hotly contested championship battle, and two Bentley Continental GT3s.
As previously reported, the top two in the title race will tackle the Adelaide Parklands Circuit with different Pro driving partners, given GT World Challenge supports the Supercars Championship.
Yasser Shahin, who leads the championship by 11 points, will have factory Audi driver Christopher Mies in his R8 LMS GT3 Evo II given Garth Tander is on television duties.
At Triple Eight Race Engineering, the pairing which won the Pro-Am title this year in GT World Challenge Asia, namely Prince Jefri Ibrahim and Nick Foster, is reunited due to Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney concentrating on their Red Bull Ampol Racing entries in Supercars.
Liam Talbot, who is just three points further back from Ibrahim, continues to be partnered by Fraser Ross in his Audi.
Tony Bates has the most recent Adelaide pole-sitter in Australian GT, namely South African factory driver Kelvin van der Linde, in his Audi Sport Customer Racing entry, and while Jamie Whincup continues to partner Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim in the other Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG GT3, they will be behind the wheel of one of its Asian-based chassis after a crash earlier this month at Bathurst.
Also in Pro-Am, Mike Bailey and Brett Hobson will pair up in the latter-generation Bentley GT3, the same specification as that which won the 2020 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
KMB Motorsport will also field an older-generation Continental in the GT Trophy class for Paynter Dixon Porsche Carrera Cup Australia regular Matthew Belford.
In the Am class, Gary Higgon/Paul Stokell hold a healthy, 47-point championship lead over team-mate and fellow Audi driver Matt Stoupas.
In GT Trophy, Brad Schumacher, who will drive with Sergio Pires, has a seven-point margin over Michael Kokkinos, with both of those entries being Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ultras.
The GTC class is made up of a pair of Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup vehicles, piloted by newly crowned Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge series winner Tom Sargent and The Bend owner Sam Shahin respectively.
A pair of 25-minute practice sessions take place this Thursday, with three, 40-minute races across the weekend.
Entry list: Round 5, Adelaide Parklands Circuit
|1||Pro Am||The Bend Motorsport Park||Yasser Shahin||Christopher Mies||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|2||Am||KFC||Gary Higgon||Paul Stokell||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|8||GT Trophy||Launch Racing||Michael Kokkinos||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ultra|
|9||Am||Hallmarc||Marc Cini||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|13||GTC||The Bend Motorsport Park||Sam Shahin||Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup|
|14||GT Trophy||Trading Garage||Matthew Belford||Bentley Continental GT3|
|19||GT4||Daimler Trucks Brisbane||Mark Griffith||Paul Morris||Mercedes-AMG GT4|
|20||Pro Am||Shannons Insurance||Liam Talbot||Fraser Ross||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|22||Am||MPC||Ash Samadi||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|23||Am||KFC||Matt Stoupas||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|24||Pro Am||C-Tech Laser||Tony Bates||Kelvin van der Linde||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|38||Pro Am||Trading Garage||Mike Bailey||Brett Hobson||Bentley Continental GT3|
|45||Pro Am||RAM Motorsport||Mike Sheargold||Garth Walden||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|47||Am||Supabarn||James Koundouris||Theo Koundouris||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II|
|55||GT Trophy||Valmont Racing||Brad Schumacher||Sergio Pires||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ultra|
|88||Pro Am||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim||Jamie Whincup||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|101||Pro Am||Harrolds Volante Rosso Racing||Ross Poulakis||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|102||GT4||Harrolds Volante Rosso Racing||Christos Batzios||Sam Brabham||Mercedes-AMG GT4|
|222||GT Trophy||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Scott Taylor||Porsche 997 GT3R|
|888||Pro Am||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Prince Jefri Ibrahim||Nick Foster||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|TBA||GTC||Tegra Australia||Tom Sargent||Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup|