26 April 2023 |

Richie Stanaway to join Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS field in the west

GT racing returns to Western Australia this weekend with a quality Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS field attacking Raceway for the first time since 2017.

Triple Eight Race Engineering has called on its endurance driver Richie Stanaway to fill the void left by Broc Feeney due to his Supercars commitments to partner Prince Jefri Ibrahim. Stanaway impressed at the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour and adds to a quality field.

Shannons Insurance pairing Liam Talbot and Max Hofer will aim to continue their winning start to the season in the Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia-prepared R8 LMS GT3 Evo2.

Their biggest rival may come from its team entry of JAMEC Racing featuring triple-champion Geoff Emery, who returned to the field with a podium at Bathurst and is joined by German Audi Sport factory ace Christopher Mies.

Reigning double-Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS winner Yasser Shahin enjoyed podium success at the Mountain, but a second race penalty proved a setback in his Porsche debut. The South Australian will be determined to take his maiden Porsche victory alongside Garnet Patterson and EMA Motorsport.

It will be an increased Mercedes-AMG attack as Jayden Ojeda joins Ross Poulakis in the Harrolds Volante Rosso Motorsport entry, Glenn Wood forms a renews his partnership with M Motorsport’s Justin McMillan and factory ace Jordan Love returns to his home track pairing with Tony Bates.

Once again, Brett Hobson will be joined by Mike Bailey in GWR Motorsport’s Pro-Am Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Brad Schumacher dominated the Am Class at Bathurst, but won’t have it all his own way in the Schumacher Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2 as the RAM Motorsport pair of Michael Sheargold and Garth Walden will aim to turn the tide.

Sheargold has the advantage of completing laps of Raceway pre-event in a Formula Ford enhancing his experience.

Michael Kokkinos continues to improve in the Launch Racing/MC Labour Audi, with Ash Samadi and Matt Stoupas once again paired with Paul Stokell in the sole-KFC entry.

GT Trophy’s sole entry marks the return to motorsport of Renee Gracie in a Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ultra, while GT4 is represented by Mark Griffith in his Nineteen Corporation/Daimler Trucks Brisbane Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS will contest two 60-minute races across this weekend.

SCHEDULE (All times in AWST)

Friday, April 28

Practice 1            9:10am

Practice 2            12:00pm


Saturday, April 29

Qualifying           8:50am

Race 1   12:25pm


Sunday, April 30

Race 2   10:15am


Entry list

No Class Sponsor Driver Co-Driver  
1 Pro-Am EMA Motorsport/The Bend Motorsport Park Yasser Shahin Garnet Patterson Porsche 911 GT3R
8 Am Launch Racing/MC Labour Michael Kokkinos   Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
19 GT4 Nineteen Corporation/Daimler Trucks Australia Mark Griffith   Mercedes-AMG GT4
22 Am Melbourne Performance Centre Ash Samadi   Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
23 Am KFC Matt Stoupas Paul Stokell Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
24 Pro-Am Tony Bates Racing Tony Bates Jordan Love Mercedes-AMG GT3
45 Am RAM Motorsport/GWR Australia Michael Sheargold Garth Walden Mercedes-AMG GT3
48 Pro-Am M Motorsport Justin McMillan Glenn Wood Mercedes-AMG GT3
55 Am Schumacher Motorsport/Kelso Electrical Brad Schumacher   Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
65 Pro-Am Shannons Insurance Liam Talbot Max Hofer Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
75 Pro-Am Jamec Racing Geoff Emery Christopher Mies Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo2
88 Pro-Am Triple Eight Race Engineering Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim Jamie Whincup Mercedes-AMG GT3
96 Pro-Am GWR Motorsport/Hobson Motorsport Mike Bailey Brett Hobson Mercedes-AMG GT3
101 Pro-Am Harrolds Volante Rosso Motorsport Ross Poulakis Jayden Ojeda Mercedes-AMG GT3
181 GT3 Trophy OnlyFans Renee Gracie   Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ultra
888 Pro-Am Triple Eight Race Engineering Prince Jefri Ibrahim Richie Stanaway Mercedes-AMG GT3