Christopher Mies returns to partner reigning Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS champion
International GT ace and Audi Sport factory driver Christopher Mies will return to Australian shores to partner with reigning Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS champion Yasser Shahin for the opening round at Phillip Island.
Mies joined Shahin in securing the inaugural Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at the Bathurst finale last year as the duo won the penultimate race of the season as the German also completed double duty in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia.
The pair will drive a recently upgraded Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II featuring improved aerodynamics, a new intake system, four-way adjustable dampers, new functionalities in the traction control system and upgraded climate control for driver comfort.
Mies recently completed the pre-season tests for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS season where he will contest the series in the latest specification Audi for Sainteloc Racing, but Phillip Island will mark his first race experience in the upgraded model.
Shahin has already started his title defence, having tested at The Bend Motorsport Park last week and will partner with Mies for at least three rounds.
More than 20 entries will contest the opening round of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Phillip Island on March 18-20.
The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS will be supported by an impressive array of racing categories, including the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, Turtle Wax Trans Am Series, the S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and plenty more.
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Co-Driver, Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia
“Yes, I am quite excited,” said Mies. “Phillip Island has always been a good place for us and the new car should be even better at those types of race track.
“We had a successful and great start to our partnership at Bathurst. Yasser is one of the fastest guys I have met and very eager to become even better. He almost works harder on data and video than I do, which shows me his dedication.
“Obviously, I’ve driven the new Gen2 a lot in testing but this will be the first official race for me with the car. I am sure we still have to fine tune it during the weekend but no question that we will find a good balance for the first meeting.
“Excited to see how it goes competing against the other brands.
“Yes of course [I’d like to come back and do some rounds]. I always like to come to Australia and when the chance came up, I was the first to say yes. We need to see how the calendar works out but for the moment I’m in for three rounds.
“If there’s a chance to do more, I’ll do it!”