Phillip Island GT entry confirmed

A 19-car field has been confirmed for this weekend’s opening round of the Australian Endurance Championship at Phillip Island.

Phillip Island GT entry confirmed
#911 Porsche 911 GT3-R: Liam Talbot
#59 McLaren 650S GT3: Fraser Ross
#911 Porsche 911 GT3-R: Liam Talbot
#100 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3: Steve Richards, James Bergmuller
#11 McLaren 650S GT3: Tony Walls
#44 Audi R8 LMS: James Koundouris, Ash Walsh
#24 Mercedes AMG GT3: Tony Bates
#23 Lamborghini R-EX: Roger Lago

The 500-kilometre race – set to be the longest in AGT history – replaces the Phillip Island 101 format used up until last year. The new format includes two compulsory stops, although three will be more likely so that drivers don’t break the 55 per cent maximum driving time limit, with a handicapped stop time based on driver seedings.

The grid will be set by an average time across two qualifying sessions, one for each driver.

There are 19 cars entered for the first of four long distance races, with some high profile names joining the regular field. Supercars regular Garth Tander has been re-signed by the Valvoline-backed Audi squad, and will team up with Geoff Emery. Tim Miles will share with Carrera Cup young gun Jaxon Evans in the other car.

There will be a number of Supercars endurance drivers in action as well, with DJR Team Penske co-driver Tony D’Alberto joining Max Twigg in a Mercedes, while Nissan’s David Russell will, as usual, start alongside Roger Lago in the JBS Lamborghini.

HSV Racing co-driver Warren Luff will share a McLaren with Fraser Ross, while Triple Eight driver Steve Richards will lead the way for factory-backed BMW squad BMW Team SRM, sharing his M6 with regular teammate James Bergmuller.

Australian GT points leader Liam Talbot will run the sole Porsche in the field, paired with John Martin.

# Team Car Drivers
3 Ah Apartments Audi R8 LMS GT3 Ash Samadi/TBC
6 Timken/Zagame Autosport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville
7 Darrell Lea McLaren 650S GT3 Tony Quinn/Mad Mike Whiddett
8 WA Waste Management Services Mercedes-AMG GT3 Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto
19 Hog’s Breath Café/Griffith Corporation Mercedes-AMG GT3 Mark Griffith/Jake Camilleri
22 Scott Taylor Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-R Scott Taylor/Craig Baird
23 JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX GT3 Roger Lago/David Russell
29 Haemokinesis/Whispering Vines Café Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier
48 Interlloy M Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX GT3 Glen Wood/Peter Major
51 AMAC Motorsport IMAK-Kwikmit Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels
59 YNA Autosport McLaren 650S GT3 Fraser Ross/Warren Luff
63 Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Dominic Storey/Peter Hackett
74 Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Geoff Emery/Garth Tander
75 Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans
88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 Peter Edwards/Graham Smyth
100 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 Steve Richards/James Bergmuller
101 DJS Racing BMW M6 GT3 Danny Stutterd/Sam Fillmore
124 Kentucky Fried Chicken Audi R8 LMS GT3 Daniel Gaunt/Matt Stoupas
911 MEGA Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Liam Talbot/John Martin
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