Garth Tander to team with Yasser Shahin in GT World Challenge Australia
Yasser Shahin will join 4-time Bathurst 1000 winner and reigning Australian GT Endurance Champion Garth Tander in the Jamec Racing Audi R8 with MPC in the 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS.
It will be the first time that the combination comes together in a Pro/AM entry, driving the #777 Audi R8 LMS Evo.
Tander and Shahin have separately had race success in Audis and will come together for the opening round of the new format.
After testing at Philip Island last week, Shahin was very positive.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be in an Audi again representing The Bend Motorsport Park and what an opportunity to work with and learn from Garth,” said Shahin.
“In my maiden GT race in 2015 at Philip Island, I managed to clinch a win with Tander charging behind me for second place. 6 years later, we will share the seat at the same circuit so it’s quite a nostalgic feeling.”
Tander added, “I’m really looking forward to sharing the car with Yasser. We had a fantastic test day at Phillip Island last week and only after a few laps each in the car, we learnt that we like the same things as far as car balance and driving technique.”
“The Jamec Racing Audi R8 GT3 was awesome at the Phillip Island GT round last year, so I am looking forward to a strong start the championship with Yasser. It’s also really important to me that we have a strong run at The Bend later in the year, considering its literally Yasser’s home track!”
MPC and Jamec Racing are no strangers to GT racing in Australia having won the last three titles. Balance of Performance regulations and the rules on driver pairings will all but guarantee close racing this season but the team remains optimistic of a strong performance.
The Phillip Island event is set to be one of the best weekends for on-track action on record, with TCR Australia, S5000, Trans Am and the Australian Superbikes joining the GT World Challenge.
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