Martin back in Walkinshaw Porsche for Australian GT enduros
John Martin will partner Blancpain title-winning amateur Liam Talbot in the Walkinshaw Porsche for the Australian Endurance Championship.
It’s a return to the Melbourne-based team for Martin, the former LMP2 driver having spent last season in what was then a brand new Porsche GT3-R.
While Talbot took over the car for the sprint rounds in 2017 – and currently leads the Australian GT Championship – Martin has been drafted back in for the long-distance races, the first of which takes place at Phillip Island later this month.
“Walkinshaw are very professional,” said Martin. “They have been around for a long time. Their record speaks for itself, it’s great to be in this environment again.
“It’s nice to be able to put something together for the AEC and to be back in the Porsche with Walkinshaw after all the homework and hard work we did last year. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off last year and get some results.
“If you have a look at last year, realistically we only started two rounds. We had pole and a second at Sydney Motorsport Park, and finishing up on the podium at Hampton Downs left us second in the championship coming into the last round.”
Martin and Talbot raced together at the final round in New Zealand last year, and also joined forces to win the amateur class and finish fourth outright at the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year.
“I’m really looking forward to joining forces again with John,” said Talbot. “He is a known talent, and we have seen first-hand how fast he is behind the wheel and how far he can progress the set-up of the car.
“I’ve still got a lot to learn in motorsport, so to have a guy of his talent and experience is only going to help me as well.”
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