Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:00

Development continues at Phillip Island for the Interlloy Camaro

The M-Motorsport Interlloy Camaro GT3 team came into the second round of the 2015 Australian GT Championship with high expectations on the back of a strong test session at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit in the weeks prior to the three-hour endurance race, and whilst the program was running to plan early, a late race mechanical issue kept them from an almost certain top ten finish.

“It’s still only early days with the car, and the development program continues, but we were running well and truly on target for a top ten finish before the car failed to shift down from top gear late in the race,” M-Motorsport team-boss Justin McMillan confirmed.

“I’d had a strong start, and actually led into my compulsory pit stop [laughs] - although that was because everyone else had already completed their stops, but I was around the tail of the top ten in the 35-car field, so I was pretty happy with my pace.

“I handed the car over to my new co-driver Jack Le Brocq, and he was immediately on the pace as he had been in qualifying, working his was up to eleventh before the gearbox issue.”

Earlier in the weekend Le Brocq had set an impressive pace through practice and qualifying to be one of the fastest ‘Pro’ drivers in the field, the Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar recruit ultimately qualifying fifth in his session just half a second behind V8 Supercar regulars James Moffat and Tony D’Alberto.

“I had a blast in the Camaro,” Le Brocq admitted. “It was very different to the SLS I drove in the past, and probably more like my V8 Supercar. Realistically Phillip Island isn’t best suited to the Camaro, it is more a point-and-shoot kind of car, better suited to a street circuit like Clipsal or Townsville because the aero isn’t as sophisticated as some of the European GT thoroughbreds, but that said, it wasn’t far off.

“The M-Motorsport team in conjunction with Reiter Engineering are still going through a development phase, so there’s still a few little things they’re working on, but you could see how impressive it is as a race car.

“Sadly with weather and red flag incidents, we didn’t get to complete much running in practice as a race simulation, so we lost out a little on a full fuel load, but outside of that and the gearbox issue, the car was faultless.

“In the end we couldn’t do much with the gearbox. I could feel the issue coming on for about five to ten laps, and in the end it just wouldn’t shift down from sixth gear, so it was game over from there.

“Now it’s on to Townsville which is a circuit I enjoy, and a circuit much better suited to the Camaro, so keep an eye out for the #48 orange and black Interlloy car, we might just surprise a few people!”

The third round of the Australian GT Championship will be held on the streets of Townsville on the 10-12 July where Justin McMillan will make his second appearance, and Le Brocq will campaign both the Interlloy Camaro and his Development Series V8 Supercar.


Every qualifying session and every race of the 2015 Australian GT Championship held in conjunction with the V8 Supercars will be broadcast live in Australia on the Foxtel network. Check guides for details and replays.

The Phillip Island round of the Australian GT Championship will be broadcast on SBS ‘Speedweek’ on June 21 - check local guides for details.

Keep up to date with further announcements from the M Motorsport/Interlloy race team by visiting; www.facebook.com/MMotorsportGT3

Rnd#2 2015 Australian GT Championship
Phillip Island 101, Phillip Island, Victoria (22-23 May)

Qualifying #1: (23 May)
1. Jono Lester (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:27.3836
2. Christopher Mies (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:27.5356
3. Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:28.4095
4. Kevin Weeks (Ford GT) - 1:28.8370
5. Jack Le Brocq (Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:29.3235

Qualifying #2: (23 May)
1. Matt Campbell (Ginetta G55 GT3) - 1:27.6712
2. Garth Tander (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:27.9112
3. Dean Canto (Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:28.062
4. Marcus Marshall (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:28.0758
25. Justin McMillan (Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:33.2711

Race: (23 May)
1. Christopher Mies/Greg Crick (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 88-laps
2. Tony Quinn/Garth Tander (McLaren 650S GT3)
3. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
4. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3)
5. Jono Lester/Graham Smythe (Ferrai 458 Italia GT3)
DNF. Justin McMillan/Jack Le Brocq (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 77-laps

2015 Australian GT Championship (points after round two of six)*
GT Championship Class

1. Christopher Mies/Greg Crick (232-points), 2. Tony Quinn (223), 3. Nathan Antunes (183), 4. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (158), 5. Jono Lester (157), 6. Klark Quinn (149), 7. James Koundouris/Marcus Marshall (121), 8. Garth Tander (119), 9. Michael Hovey (111), 10. Tony Walls (103), 21. Justin McMillan (44), 28. Tomas Enge (26), 32. Jack Le Brocq (18)
* The points are provisional pending official confirmation by CAMS.


2015 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Rnd#1 - 26 February-1 March, Clipsal 500, Adelaide, SA*
Rnd#2 - 22-24 May, Phillip Island, Victoria**
Rnd#3 - 10-12 July, Townsville, Queensland*
Rnd#4 - 21-23 August, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW*
Rnd#5 - 11-13 September, Sandown 500, Melbourne, Victoria*
Rnd#6 - 13-15 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ
(* with V8 Supercars, ** with the Shannons Nationals)


M-Motorsport is proudly supported by Interlloy Engineering Steels and Alloys, Australian Post Tensioning and Vibrabody. About Interlloy

Interlloy Pty Ltd is Australia’s lead supplier of Engineering Steels and Alloys to engineering machine shops both nationally and internationally. Founded in 1987and now employing over one hundred and forty (140) people in five states of Australia, Interlloy has become the major supplier of Special Steels to the General and Heavy Engineering Industries, Toolmaking, Mining, Gas & Oil Fields, Automotive, Manufacturing, Petrochemical, Pump, Power Generation and Transport Industries. For more information, please visit; www.interlloy.com.au


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