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19-car field set for GT4 season opener

THE Monochrome GT4 Australia series will get underway with a 19-car entry at this weekend’s Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island.

Six different marques will be in action, headlined by the debut of the new Ford Mustang GT4 in the hands of George Miedecke and Rylan Gray.

Three McLaren Artura GT4s will contest the weekend, two of which are entered by Supercars star Chas Mostert’s Method Motorsport outfit, which will also field the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of reigning series winner Shane Smollen, with Mercedes-AMG, BMW and Ginetta completing the entry.

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The Phillip Island round represents the first standalone event for GT4 cars under category managers SRO Australia, having previously run with either GT3 machines or as a subclass within the Australian Production Cars category.

“The amount of manufacturers represented in GT4 is amazing, and the fact that we have an 19 car field is testament to the popularity of the category both here in Australia and around the world,” Ben McMellan, CEO of series

“It’s got a great mix of brands too. Six different manufacturers represented across the 19 cars. There is plenty of variety in the world of GT4 racing, and all the signs are pointing towards even more cars to come into the field as the season rolls on.

“It’s going to be very competitive too. From the Silver class, through Pro-Am and Am. It’s an incredible mix of cars and drivers for an inaugural race meeting.

“If you look how well GT4 is going in America and Europe with 50 cars entering their races, it shows that there is a big future for the class here in Australia. It’s simply a cost-effective way to race sports cars.

“The GT4 Manufacturer Ranking is really important as well. It’s the first year of that being in place. We have six brands in the race, and they will all be fighting for the global points system.

“We’re very pleased to see the level of manufacturer interest in this class and everyone at SRO Australia can’t wait to get it underway this weekend.”

Timed running begins with a pair of 30-minute practice sessions on Friday ahead of qualifying and racing on Sunday.

ENTRY LIST: 2024 Monochrome GT4 Series, Round 1 – Phillip Island

No.ClassDriver 1Driver 2TeamModel
1Pro-Am CupShane SmollenLachlan MineeffMethod MotorsportPorsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport
3Am CupSteve JakicThunder Buddies RacingBMW M4 GT4 G82
8Am CupChris PappasGee UpMcLaren 570s GT4
12Am CupVince GucciardoGB RacingPorsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR
17Silver CupBailey LoveSam BrabhamLove MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT4
19Am CupMark GriffithTeam NineteenMercedes-AMG GT4
22Am CupTim LeaheyTony Leahey BMWBMW M4 GT4 G82
23Am CupBen NewmanEd MaguireBuckby MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT4
24Silver CupJesse BryanNathan MorcomMethod MotorsportMcLaren Artura GT4
25Silver CupMarcos FlackTom HaymanMethod MotorsportMcLaren Artura GT4
26Pro-AmJason YuJosh BuchanTeam DNA RacingMcLaren Artura GT4
27Pro-AmRob LoveAntonio AstutiLove MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT4
32Am CupJacob LawrenceJohn BoweRandall RacingBMW M4 GT4 G82
33Am CupPeter LawrenceJamie AugustineRandall RacingBMW M4 GT4 F82
35Silver CupGeorge MiedeckeRylan GrayMiedecke Motor Group with LubrimaxxFord Mustang GT4
36Silver CupJake CamilleriGomersall MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT4
101Am CupTony QuinnGame Over/Keltic RacingMercedes-AMG GT4
210Silver CupZoe WoodsDaniel StutterdTekworkX MotorsportPorsche 718 Cayman GT4
750Pro-Am CupMark CotterellJarrod HughesMark Cotterell MotorsportGinetta G55 GT4
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