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New Australian GT3 era to begin with 17-car field

A SEVENTEEN car grid has been locked in for the opening round of the 2024 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia at Phillip Island this weekend.

This season marks the first for the class under the control of global GT racing kingmakers the SRO Motorsports Group.

A pair of Ferrari 296 GT3s lead the entry, with the Arise Racing-run machines to be fielded by Pro-Am line-ups headlined by Supercars drivers Chaz Mostert and Jaxon Evans.

The remainder of the field consists of seven Audi R8 LMS Evo 2s, seven Mercedes-AMGs and a single Trophy Class Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

Triple Eight is running a single Mercedes entry this year, dovetailing its Australian program with an attack on rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge including the 24 Hours of Spa and Indianapolis 8 Hour.

SRO Australia CEO Ben McMellan declared it the Phillip Island field most competitive GT grid ever assembled in Australia.

Triple Eight will field a single entry. Pic: Supplied

“There’s been great support from the teams and drivers for SRO Australia’s first season at the helm of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS,” he said.

“It’s the most competitive field that we have seen, with the most outright contenders that have entered a Fanatec GT season. It’s a very exciting line-up of cars and stars.

“We have a batch of new cars that have arrived, and the Ferraris are a big addition to the field. The Ferrari brand is highly prestigious all around the world, so that makes it a real positive for our local fans.

“It’s going to be very hard to pick a winner. There’s several entries in both Pro-Am and Am that have the ability to win their class. It’s by far the most competitive field we’ve ever seen in Australia.”

Track action will begin with an open test day on Thursday.

Each qualifying and race session will be featured live on 7plus, while both races will be simulcast on 7plus and 7mate (check your local guides).

Entry List: Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, Round 1, Phillip Island

NoClassDriver 1Driver 2TeamModel
1Pro-AmLiam TalbotChaz MostertArise Racing GTFerrari 296 GT3
4Pro-AmStephen GroveBrenton GroveGrove RacingMercedes-AMG GT3
7Pro-AmTim MilesBrendon LeitchDayle ITM/Team MPCAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
8Pro-AmElliott SchutteJaxon EvansArise Racing GTFerrari 296 GT3
9AmMarc CiniHallmarc Team MPCAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
16AmShane WoodmanBen SchootsBlack Wolf MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3
22AmAsh SamadiTeam MPCAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
24AmTony BatesTony Bates RacingMercedes-AMG GT3
38GT TrophyMichael BaileyTrading GarageAston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
44AmMarcel ZallouaSergio PiresValmont RacingAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
45AmMichael SheargoldGarth WaldenRAM MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3
47AmJames KoundourisTheo KoundourisSupabarn Supermarkets/Tigani MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3
66Pro-AmPaul LucchittiJayden OjedaRealta/Tigani MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3
81Pro-AmMark RosserAlex PeroniTeam BRM/ACM FinanceAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
87Pro-AmBrad SchumacherWill BrownShaw & Partners/Kelso Electrical/Team MPCAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
181Pro-AmRenee GraciePaul StokellOnly Fans/Team MPCAudi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2
888Pro-AmPeter HackettDeclan FraserTriple Eight Race EngineeringMercedes-AMG GT3
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