Battle of the Germans as the Mountain kicks off 2023 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS
The outright battle for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS is a three-way fight between the big German brands, starting at Mount Panorama this weekend.
Regular contenders Audi and Mercedes-AMG will have the added competition of Porsche featuring dual title winner Yasser Shahin spearheading attack alongside Garnet Patterson at EMA Autosport.
Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia will be bolstered by the return of multiple Australian GT series winner Geoff Emery and contender Liam Talbot, with their co-drivers to be confirmed soon.
A strong Am Class contingent led by Brad Schumacher add further to the Audi entries as Ash Samadi, GT Trophy graduate Michael Kokkinos, while reigning winning co-driver Paul Stokell moves across to Matt Stoupas’ KFC R8 LMS Evo II. Valmont Racing duo Marcel Zalloua and Sergio Pires complete the Audi armada upgrading to the latest specification R8.
On the Mercedes-AMG side, Triple Eight Race Engineering lead the attack courtesy of its two-car team featuring 2022 title contender Prince Jefri Ibrahim alongside Broc Feeney, while Prince Abu Bakar and Jamie Whincup once again pair up.
The Mercedes attack is backed by an expanded RAM Motorsport program featuring in both Pro-Am and Am for the first time. Returning to challenge for the Am Class title are Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden, while Brett Hobson switches his allegiance to Mercedes-AMG after previously driving the crowd favourite Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. Hobson will be joined by Mike Bailey.
Harrolds Volante Rosso Motorsport returns supporting Ross Poulakis as he is joined by Sam Brabham, who makes the step up from GT4. A second entry is set to join at Perth steered by Chris Batzios and Chelsea Angelo.
Another to change brands is Justin McMillan. His M Motorsport concern joins the Mercedes-AMG brigade, partnered by fast Am driver Roger Lago.
GT Trophy is set to be hotly contested between Porsche and Ferrari headlined by leading Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge driver Marcos Flack for Sonic Motor Racing Services.
Flack’s 991 GT3 Cup Car qualified on pole for the latest Porsche Sprint Challenge round at Phillip Island and should be a contender against Stephen Coe’s Ferrari 458 GT3.
Mark Griffith will contest the opening round in his Mercedes-AMG GT4 as the sole entry in this class.
MARC Cars also make a return through Milldun Motorsport’s three-car entry featuring the two iteration of the Australian designed and manufactured package.
Owner of MARC Cars Australia Geoff Taunton will race a MARC II leaving Grant ‘Axle’ Donaldson and Darren Currie in a pair of first generation models.
Action for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS at Bathurst begins on Friday with two 60 minute sessions ahead of the battle for the Pirelli Pole Award on Saturday morning across a pair of 20 minute segments.
Twin 60 minute races follow on Saturday and Sunday to round out the competition.
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Round 1 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, Bathurst
Friday, April 7
Practice 1 8:05am 60 minutes
Practice 2 1:40pm 60 minutes
Saturday, April 8
Qualifying 1 10:25am 20 minutes
Qualifying 2 10:55am 20 minutes
Race 1 2:55pm 60 minutes
Sunday, April 9
Race 2 9:20am 60 minutes
|1||Pro-Am||EMA Motorsport||Yasser Shahin||Garnet Patterson||Porsche 991 GT3R (991.2)|
|2||Am||KFC||Matt Stoupas||Paul Stokell||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|4||Invitational||Milldun Motorsport||Darren Currie||MARC I Mazda 3|
|8||Am||MC Labour||Michael Kokkinos||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|19||GT4||Daimler Trucks Brisbane||Mark Griffith||Mercedes-AMG GT4|
|22||Am||MPC||Ash Samadi||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|44||Am||Valmont Racing||Marcel Zalloua||Sergio Pires||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|45||Am||RAM Motorsport||Michael Sheargold||Garth Walden||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|48||Am||M Motorsport||Justin McMillan||Roger Lago||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|55||Am||Schumacher Motorsport||Brad Schumacher||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|56||GT3 Trophy||Coe Property Group||Stephen Coe||Ferrari 458 GT3|
|65||Pro-Am||Shannons Insurance||Liam Talbot||TBA||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|
|78||GT3 Trophy||Sonic Motor Racing Services||Marcos Flack||Porsche 991.2 Cup|
|88||Pro-Am||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Prince Abu Bakar||Jamie Whincup||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|95||Invitational||Milldun Motorsport||Geoff Taunton||MARC II Mustang|
|96||Pro-Am||RAM Motorsport||Mike Bailey||Brett Hobson||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|101||Pro-Am||Harrolds Volante Rosso Motorsport||Ross Poulakis||Sam Brabham||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|111||Invitational||Milldun Motorsport||Grant Donaldson||MARC I Ford Focus|
|888||Pro-Am||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Prince Jefri Ibrahim||Broc Feeney||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|TBC||Pro-Am||MPC||Geoff Emery||TBA||Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo|