With the brand new Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3 arriving in the country just days out from the opening round of the 2015 Australian GT season, the Melbourne-based M-Motorsport team knew they were up against it heading to Adelaide, but whilst the results might not have been everything they were looking for, there were few people that left the Clipsal 500 event unaware of the big American inspired GT3 racer.

“When we made the decision to change from the Lamborghini to the Camaro for the 2015 season, we knew that time was against us,” M-Motorsport team-boss Justin McMillan admitted.

“The Camaro is still a relatively new car on the world scene, and Reiter Engineering (who are also responsible for the construction of the successful Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) needed to finish the two cars they sent to Australia just prior to the start of the season, so we had little time to ‘shake’ the cars down. Almost inevitably, we struck teething problems throughout the event.

“There seems to be a number of small electrical pulse issues which Reiter themselves have admitted may well be due to the nature of the Adelaide street circuit and the high kerbs, as they haven’t discovered these problems in Europe or in Thailand where the other Camaros are competing. Ultimately it sidelined us at times during practice - both cars - and again, frustratingly, during qualifying, neither Dale Paterson’s Camaro, nor mine were able to record a good qualifying time.

“That said, both Tomas [Enge] and Steve [Richards] were able to sit on top of the practice times during both sessions, despite limited laps - in the end I think we were fourth fastest and seventh fastest of the 34 cars after practice was completed, so there was no question the speed is there.”

“It’s a pity we didn’t have time to run the cars and iron out any of the problems before Clipsal, because these cars would really have starred here if we’d been able to have a clean run,” three-time Bathurst 1000 champion Steven Richards admitted.

Both Richards and Reiter Engineering favourite Tomas Enge (former F1/Indycar driver) were fast during the opening 30-mninute race, scything through the field from the back, Richards going from 28th to ninth, Enge from 34th to 12th, despite almost a third of the race running behind the Safety Car and two hefty compulsory pit stop penalties by virtue of their status as professional drivers.

“That was fun,” Enge beamed post-race. “I was being a little cautious with the slower cars, so just missed the top ten, but as we predicted, these cars are perfectly suited to the nature of this circuit, with some very slow speed corners running onto long straights.

“I was able to follow Richo once we were through the slower cars, then we had the Safety Car period and pitted, but with our 45-second time penalty because of our driver gradings, we lost all those positions again. So we started from the back again after the restart and worked our way forward.”

Sadly for Enge, he would not turn another lap of the Adelaide Parklands circuit, after team-mate Justin McMillan suffered an ECU failure in the second 60-minute race in which Enge was expected to take over at the compulsory pit stop, whilst the Paterson/Richards Camaro was sidelined with its own electrical issues.

Fortunately Reiter Engineering had sent engineering staff to the event to oversee the operation of the two cars, providing M-Motorsport with valuable support to locate and rectify the problems, something they were able to do ahead of the final 30-minute race on Sunday morning where McMillan and Paterson would once again start rear of field, a position which ultimately kept them clear of the impending drama at the front of the field.

A cautious start by the two Sareni Camaros on the run to turn one proved to be the right strategy, as they entered the relatively blind turn one chicane to the scene of one of the biggest accidents in Australian GT history after the leading Ferrari struck the barriers on the outside of the chicane, before bouncing back across into the path of the chasing pack.

Neither Camaro was damaged in the incident, but with the field circulating behind the Safety Car for almost half the race, overtaking opportunities were limited, McMillan ultimately working his way through for 17th and Paterson 20th.

“We’ve still got a couple of small issues, but we’re getting there with the car,” McMillan explained post-race. “It was fastest outright through the speed trap, so we’re pretty impressed with the speed the car has, we just have to fix those couple of new car issues.

“In conjunction with Reiter Engineering, we’re going to undertake a two-day test at Phillip Island in the next few weeks and we’ll get this car well and truly sorted.”

Whilst a tough weekend for the M-Motorsport team, there were a number of positives to take away from the event, notably the fan reaction to the big 7.9-litre V8 and the attention the car received every time it hit the circuit.

“I’ve never seen so many people come up and ask for photos or to have a look at the car,” McMillan admitted. “They all commented on how good it looked, and on the sound - something which has to be heard to be believed!”

For the M-Motorsport team, the focus now shifts to test-mode ahead of the only endurance race in the 2015 Australian GT Championship, the 101-lap race at Phillip Island on 22-24 May.

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Rnd#1 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Adelaide Parklands Circuit, South Australia

26 February - 1 March

Race #1 (30-minutes) - Saturday, 28 February
1. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 18-laps
2. Marcus Marshall (Porsche GT3-R)
3. Peter Fitzgerald (Audi R8 GT3 ultra)
4. Jono Lester (Ferrari 458 GT3)
5. Tony Walls (McLaren 650S GT3)
9. Steven Richards (DPM Motorsport Camaro GT3)
12. Tomas Enge (Interlloy Camaro GT3)
 Race #2 (60-minutes) - Saturday, 28 February
1. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 42-laps
2. Klark Quinn/Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
3. Jono Lester/Paul Kelly (Ferrari 458 GT3)
4. Tony Walls (McLaren 650S GT3)
5. Peter Fitzgerald (Audi R8 GT3 ultra)
DNF. Paterson/Richards (DPM Motorsport Camaro GT3)
DNS. McMillan/Enge (Interlloy Camaro GT3)

Race #3 (30-minutes) - Sunday, 1 March
1. Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 9-laps
2. Theo Koundouris (Porsche GT3 Cup-S)

3. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 GT3 ultra)
4. Greg Taylor (Audi R8 LMS GT3)

5. Jan Jinadasa (Lamborghini Gallardo LP560)

17. Justin McMillan (Interlloy Camaro GT3)

20. Dale Paterson (DPM Motorsport Camaro GT3)

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.

To watch a video interview with Tomas Enge, visit; http://goo.gl/d5fp8Z
To hear team-owner Justin McMillan talk about the weekend, visit; http://goo.gl/LNvdjT

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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)

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During this weekend’s opening round of the Australian GT Championship, a former Formula One driver will make his debut on a circuit that until now, he has only previously seen during television broadcasts of the Australian Grand Prix.

“I well remember watching Michael Schumacher claim his first ever Formula One title here in 1994,” Tomas Enge admitted with a smile.. “He did it after running into Damon Hill at turn six. I’m not planning anything quite so dramatic, but I have to say, I’m really looking forward to making the Camaros Australian debut here this weekend.

“It’s not my first visit to Australia - I was here last in 2007 for A1GP - but it is my first visit to Adelaide, all I’m focussing on right now is trying to prefect the accent..!”

Enge will be paired with M-Motorsport team-leader Justin McMillan in the team’s new Interlloy liveried Chevrolet Camaro GT3, the pair unveiling the 7.9-litre V8 powered retro muscle car at Interlloy’s Adelaide base just 24-hours after Enge flew into Australia.

“From what I have seen of the Australian GT Championship, of all the circuits the series races on, this one is best suited to the Camaro, and best suited to my driving style,” Enge admitted. “Like all street circuits, it rewards commitment and precision, and there’s no margin for error - I like that.

“I’m also a fan of the V8 Supercars and I usually watch the Clipsal round, so I feel a little in awe of the circuit on my first visit, because I’m so used to seeing it on TV.”

“It will be a pretty busy weekend for us with the Camaro only having cleared customs late last week,” McMillan added. “We had a shakedown at Winton on Friday and suffered a few little teething issues that you experience with any new car, but we sorted those pretty quickly, then it was straight into the truck and across to Adelaide for the unveil at Interlloy.”

For the M-Motorsport team, Clipsal 2015 represents a very different scenario to their maiden visit to the circuit in 2013.

“That was my first street circuit race in the Gallardo,” McMillan reflected. “And we did pretty well, I qualified fifth and ran strongly in both races, however two years ago we ran just one car, this year it’s four!”

The M-Motorsport team, with assistance from Reiter Engineering, will manage the Camaros of McMillan/Enge and Dale Paterson/Steve Richards, whilst they will also oversee the Lamborghini entries of John Magro (in the Gallardo FL2 that McMillan campaigned in 2014) and Trophy Class front-runner Jan Jinadasa.

“There will be plenty going on, but we’re prepared for that,” McMillan admitted.

“The Australian GT Championship has really evolved over the last couple of seasons,” Enge acknowledged. “It has certainly become one of the best GT3 championships in the world, and like many of the other leading GT3 series, it’s going to be tough against such competitive teams and equipment.

“Together with Reiter Engineering we’ve had good success with the car in Europe and in Thailand, however it is still relatively new so there will be a steep learning curve for the whole team this weekend.

“Regardless of how it plays out we will try our best. We know the car can be quick, Justin really impressed me with his pace at Bathurst in the Reiter Gallardo, and I hope I can help him come to grips with the Camaro more quickly.

“The weather will obviously play a big part this weekend too, with the affect it will have on car reliability, on driver concentration and on tyre wear. We’re pretty comfortable with the heat after all the miles we’ve done with the Camaro in Thailand, so I don’t think that will be a big problem for us, but with a field of 34-cars, our focus will be on bringing the car home in one piece, whilst enjoying the experience at the same time!”

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Rnd#1 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Adelaide Parklands Circuit, South Australia

Thursday, 26 February

Practice#1 - 10:25am (20-minutes)

Practice#2 - 5:45pm (20-minutes)



Friday, 27 February

Qualifying - 12:20pm (20-minutes)



Saturday, 27 February

Race#1 - 8:55am (30-minutes)

Race#2 - 5:40pm (60-minutes)
 Sunday, 1 March

Race#3 - 9:35am (30-minutes)

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

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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)

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Just recently M-Motorsport team leader Justin McMillan revealed that he would be moving from the Lamborghini Gallardo that took him to fourth place in the 2014 Australian GT Championship, to a Reiter Engineering prepared Chevrolet Camaro GT3 with a former Formula One driver sharing the driving duties.

Whilst fantastic news to the ever-growing category, what the news did was prompt questions about where the pole-sitting Lamborghini would go for season 2015, and what of McMillan’s 2014 co-driver Steven Richards.. Now, all can be revealed.

For the 2015 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, the M-Motorsport team will campaign three cars - an Interlloy liveried Camaro GT3 for McMillan and Tomas Enge, a second Camaro for Victorian Dale Paterson and Richards, and their Gallardo FL2 GT3 for Queensland’s John Magro.

“I’ve been talking to Dale [Paterson] for some time about running the Camaro,” McMillan explained. “He was one of the first drivers to make contact after we’d done the deal with Reiter Engineering to be the agent for this part of the world for the Sareni Camaro.

“He also came to New Zealand to have a look first hand at the Inky Tulloch Camaro and was impressed with how it went and the feedback he got from Inky and Craig Lowndes who shared the car at Highlands.

“To be honest, that event changed my mind too about my direction moving forward, and after discussions with Reiter in Germany, and with Steve, we elected to make a change from the Lamborghini and assist in the development of the Camaro with a two-car team.

“What that meant though was that we had a Gallardo that we weren’t going to run after the Bathurst 12-Hour, and as soon as I started making noises about leasing that I was inundated with calls.

“In the end John Magro was looking for a drive, and together with his supporters, they put a deal to me that was too good to refuse, which meant that we were able to build M-Motorsport into a three car team for the 2015 season.”

For Magro the deal allows the former open-wheel star to return to AGT after a stint in the Trophy Class alongside fellow Queenslander Ockert Fourie last season.

“Ockert unfortunately has been forced to sit out the bulk of the coming season because of a medical condition,” Magro explained. “That meant his car would also be out of action for much of the year, and as a result I needed to find an alternative.

“I looked at a number of options, but in the end, the Lamborghini provided not only the best package, but an opportunity to race with the front runners and go after the Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t thank M-Motorsport enough for the opportunity. Australian GT is a great category and I am very privileged to be a part of it.”

Whilst Magro’s performance in 2014 proved that he can expect to be an outright threat this season, so too M-Motorsport’s third entry, the #70 DPM Motorsport Camaro of 2014 part-timer Dale Paterson.

“The minute Justin revealed the new Camaro GT3 I knew I had to have one,” Paterson reflected.

“It is everything I want in a race car and more.. DPM Motorsport is predominantly an engine tuning and high performance business that works for the most part with Chevrolet and Holden products, so the Camaro fits exactly what I’m looking for on a number of levels.

“Justin and the M-Motorsport team have helped me immensely over the last six months in putting the deal together, and it became even sweeter just recently when they revealed that Richo would also be available to drive with me.

“I love the car and I think at somewhere like Clipsal or Townsville we’ll be right in the mix, but it’s new to me too, so I’ll be pushing hard to get the most out of it but I’ll also be looking to finish every race because that’s what is important in achieving results.”

Magro and Paterson still have six weeks to wait until the opening round of the 2015 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli on the streets of Adelaide, although for the M-Motorsport team, their season starts with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour in just under weeks where McMillan and Richards will be joined by New Zealander Craig Baird in the #48 Interlloy Lamborghini.

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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)

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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 For more information on the M-Motorspot/Interlloy team, please contact Sean Henshelwood at Signature Series Group [SSG] via sean@signatureseries.com.au

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 The M-Motorsport team may have just narrowly missed the championship class podium during the third round of the Australian GT Championship on the streets of Townsville, but they bagged valuable series points, took pole position in qualifying, and packed away two straight Gallardo FL2s by the end of the weekend.

After the frustrations of Sandown and Phillip Island, the main focus for the team across the three 40-minute compulsory pit stop [CPS] races, was to finish, gain valuable experience, and gain as many points as possible.

Having turned laps at the venue in the past in both V8 Supercars and Carrera Cup, Steve Richards went out in the opening practice session to establish a good benchmark for the Interlloy Lamborghini, before heading back to his Type 991 Porsche to contest the one-make Carrera Cup category, leaving the bulk of practice to car owner McMillan.

McMillan spent much of the two sessions coming to terms with the 13-turn, 2.85-kilometre layout, running on old rubber before a late change to new tyres to acclimatise himself ahead of qualifying.

“I got one quick lap in, and it was comfortable,” McMillan beamed afterwards. “I’m not trying to do anything dramatic, just creep up on it.. Richo and I spoke at length after the disappointment of Sandown and agreed that we wanted to finish every race, and that’s the plan this weekend.”

With ‘roaded’ Pirellis fitted to the gorgeous black and orange Interlloy Gallardo ahead of qualifying, Richards went out on a mission, and out-paced points leader Richard Muscat in the Mercedes, former V8 Supercar rival Tony D’Alberto in the Ferrari and reigning champion Klark Quinn in the McLaren to take pole position by four tenths of a second, in the process improving the 2011 qualifying record by almost two seconds.

“That was comfortable,” Richards admitted afterwards. “Nothing dramatic, just comfortable. I got held up a little, and probably could have gone at best half a second faster, but that will do. Now it’s down to three races, and three finishes..!”

Richards started the opening 40-minute race on Saturday morning, immediately grabbing the lead and driving away from the pack with points-leader Muscat in tow, all the way to the compulsory pit stop. McMillan rejoined in fourth place, and was immediately under attack from the Audis of Steve McLaughlan and John Magro.

Moving to the extreme outside of the track after leaving the pit exit, McMillan expected the two Audis to pass him under brakes for turn one, instead he was hit with an image he just wasn’t prepared for..

“I heard a god almighty bang, like I was in the middle of an accident, then saw two Audis fly across the circuit in front of me and hard into the outside wall,” he recounted. “I did everything I could to avoid them, and came to a stop in the end to make sure I didn’t clean up the trail of debris they left down the track.

“After that it was understandably a Safety Car period, so for the bulk of the race I wasn’t able to maintain the gap Richo had given me to the guys behind, so ultimately one of the Koundouris Porsches dive-bombed me late in the race, and I let him go.”

Fifth, and with no discernable damage, the Interlloy team celebrated their first race on the Townsville streets, a celebration which included Ross Lilley in the team’s 2013 car, which also came through unscathed with a ninth placed finish.

In the damp of Sunday morning, McMillan was back behind the wheel for race two, starting conservatively on the semi-damp circuit to hand Richards the car in seventh place, the reigning Bathurst 1000 champion crossing the line in fourth position after charging through to finish just behind the points leading Mercedes, in the process setting the second fastest lap of the race - just under the new race lap record he had set in the opening race.

After claiming the Carrera Cup round win just moments before, Richards was back in the Interlloy Lamborghini for race three, and immediately up to speed and applying pressure to the Mercedes and Ferrari in front of him off the start.

He entered the pits for his CPS in third place allowing McMillan to rejoin in third, the team boss hanging on to claim fifth at the flag after coming under fire from Tony Quinn and 2011 race winner Klark Quinn in the dying stages.

Ross Lilley made it home in 11th, to add to his sixth placed finish in race two, and like the #48 Interlloy entry, the #63 Koala Furniture Lamborghini was in pristine condition.

“I can’t be any happier with the weekend’s result,” McMillan admitted as he accepted the pole position trophy. “We were quick, we were consistent, and we finished every race strongly. This was my first time here and I got quicker with each session, and whilst we didn’t quite reach the podium, we’ve amassed some very good points, and along with Ross, have two straight cars to put back into the transporter for the trip home!”

The team now enjoys a seven week break before the fourth round of the championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on 22-24 August, again alongside the V8 Supercars with two 30-minute races, and one 60-minute race.

The third round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli will be televised on Channel 7 in the coming weeks (time to be advised).



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Rnd#3 - 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Townsville - Qualifying (4 July)

1. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:12.3325R
2. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C) - 1:12.7373
3. John Bowe/Tony D’Alberto (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.8230
4. Richard Muscat (GT - SLS AMG GT3) - 1:13.0737
5. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:13.5273
6. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:14.0535

7. James Koundouris/Steve Owen (GT - Porsche GT3-R) - 1:14.3171
8. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:14.7653
9. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520) - 1:14.8057

10. Ockert Fourie/John Magro (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:15.6806
11. Steve McLaughlan (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:15.7533

12. Theo Koundouris (GTT - Porsche 997 Cup-S) - 1:15.8285
13. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:16.0301
 Race#1 - 40-minutes (5 July)

1. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C) - 25-laps
2. Richard Muscat (GT - SLS AMG GT3)
3. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
4. James Koundouris (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
5. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
6. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)

7. Michael Hovey (GTT - Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
8. Theo Koundouris (GTT - Porsche 997 Cup-S)
9. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)

10. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 24-laps
 Race#2 - 40-minutes (6 July)

1. John Bowe/Tony D’Alberto (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 29-laps
2. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
3. Richard Muscat (GT - SLS AMG GT3)
4. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
5. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)

6. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)

7. Andrew MacPherson (GT - Porsche 997 GT3-R)

8. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 28-laps
9. Michael Hovey (GTT - Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
10. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520)

Race#3 - 40-minutes (6 July)

1. Richard Muscat (GT - SLS AMG GT3) - 30-laps
2. John Bowe/Tony D’Alberto (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
3. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
4. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
5. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
6. James Koundouris (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
7. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)

8. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 29-laps
9. Andrew MacPherson (GT - Porsche 997 GT3-R)
10. Theo Koundouris (GTT - Porsche 997 Cup-S)

11. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)

2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

GT 
Championship points (after round three of six)
1. Richard Muscat (285 points), 2. John Bowe (242), 3. Tony Quinn (212), 4. Klark Quinn (201), 5. Justin McMillan/Steven Richards (147), 5. Tony D’Alberto (147), 6. James Koundouris (135), 7. Peter Edwards (127), 8. Andrew MacPherson (87), 9. Steve Owen (81), 10. Ross Lilley (64), 11. Garth Tander (58), 12. Jack Le Brocq (52), 13. Tony DeFelice (32), 14. Craig Baird (30), 15. Ben Porter (24), 16. Jim Manolios (4), 17. Roger Lago/David Russell (1)

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2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Rnd#1 - 28-30 March, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
(2x 60-minute races - The Nationals)

Rnd#2 - 23-25 May, Phillip Island, Victoria
(101-lap race - The Nationals)

Rnd#3 - 4-6 July, Townsville, Queensland
(3x 40-minute races - V8 Supercars)

Rnd#4 - 22-24 August, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
(2x 30-minute, 1x 60-minute races - V8 Supercars)

Rnd#5 - 12-14 September, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
(3x 40-minute races - V8 Supercars)

Rnd#6 - 7-9 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ

(2x 40-min races + 101-lap non-championship feature race)

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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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After setting the pace during the opening round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli at Melbourne’s Sandown Park, the M-Motorsport/Interlloy team of Justin McMillan and Steve Richards were looking forward to round two at the team’s ‘home’ circuit of Phillip Island, believing they would be one of the outright contenders for the 101-lap endurance race.

Opening practice only cemented that view after Richards topped the opening wet practice session early, ultimately falling to fifth after pitting early to assess data.

Dual Victorian State Series champion Justin McMillan proved too that he was no slouch in the slippery conditions, although the team did elect to send the Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3 out on slick tyres to give McMillan some laps on a surface he was likely to encounter during the big race on Sunday.

“To be honest it was tricky out there, but there will be races where conditions like that become prevalent, so it was ideal to go out and turn laps and gain some experience with how a car with this much power and torque handles the wet..
“The boys added another degree of difficulty too by sending me out on slicks.. now THAT was an eye-opener.

“Overall both Richo and I are pretty happy. Today wasn’t about going after a time, because Saturday is predicted to be dry, so there was no sense unduly risking the car to set a time that didn’t mean anything. Right now laps are important, regardless of the conditions, but we don’t need to be setting the world on fire until qualifying tomorrow..!”

In the end the gorgeous #48 Lamborghini was classified 11th ahead of qualifying where Richards elevated the car to sixth.

“All good,” he smiled post-session. “That’s where we wanted to be, we have a 23 second advantage over the points leader in each of our compulsory pit stops [CPS] by virtue of not going after pole, and in an endurance race, that will play right into our hands.”

Richards was tasked with starting the car and he began strongly, carefully picking his way through the field to be second early, turning laps in the 29s to hold position around 15-seconds back from race leader Richard Muscat in the Mercedes.

On lap 20 though the race was brought under Safety Car conditions after a big accident at turn five eliminated Lamborghini rival Roger Lago, Dean Koutsoumidis and Keith Kassulke.

Muscat immediately dived into pit-lane, Richards following him through to hand over to McMillan.

On lap times that put the Lamborghini in the effective lead of the race, with the Mercedes in P2, however some teams elected to play the strategy game and stay out behind the Safety Car. McMillan held his position on the restart until a problem started to eventuate with the right front tyre, forcing him to pit again ten laps later with a deflating tyre.

The M-Motorsport team effected their second stop at their CPS time and rejoined, McMillan now tenth, but a sequence of consistent laps moved him back up the order again to fourth before he was once again forced to return to pit lane with the same problem.

Sadly for the popular Lamborghini drivers, they weren’t finished with pit stops, returning once more for a new right front before ultimately claiming 12th place, four laps down on the race leaders.

“Something has failed in the right front of the car which has forced increased load on that corner,” McMillan lamented post-race. “For sure we’re disappointed, but on the positive side I’m happy with my pace. The car is straight, we had no other issues and proved we could run with the leaders, so it’s only a matter of time before the pendulum swings our way and it’s us on the podium with the big trophy.”

Richards too was reflective having seen situations like this occur a number of times throughout his career. “Mechanical failures happen, that’s just the nature of motorsport. We’re not 100% sure yet what caused the issue, but we’ll uncover it and it will probably never happen again.

“It was a tough weekend in the changeable conditions, but there were a lot of positives, the biggest one for me being Justin’s pace in all conditions. He was consistent lap after lap and didn’t have a single moment when all around him other cars were spearing off the circuit, so I’d say disappointment, but lots of forward momentum for the remainder of the season.”

The M-Motorsport team now has a six week wait until their first event of 2014 on the V8 Supercar program, with three 40-minute races scheduled for the Townsville street circuit over July 4-6. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rnd#2 - 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli
Phillip Island - Qualifying (24 May)
1. 75. Warren Luff (GTT - JAMEC-PEM Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:38.8403
2. 36. Richard Muscat (GT - Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3) - 1:38.9930
3. 7. Garth Tander (GT - VIP Petfoods Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:38.3899
4. 6. Nathan Antunes (GTT - Skwirk.com.au Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:40.0263
5. 88. John Bowe (GT - Il Bello Rosso Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:40.3297
6. 48. Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:40.9035
7. 71. James Winslow (GTT - Equity-One Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:42.0598
8. 1. Craig Baird (GT - Darrell Lea McLaren MP4-12C) - 1:42.0733
9. 77. Daniel Gaunt (GTT - JJA Lamborghini Gallardo LP520) - 1:42.1070
10. 51. Ben Porter (GT - IMAK Int. Porsche 997 GT3-R) - 1:42.4328

Phillip Island - 101 Race (24 May)
1. 7. Tony Quinn/Garth Tander (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 82-laps
2. 36. Richard Muscat/Jack Le Brocq (GT - SLS AMG GT3)
3. 88. Peter Edwards/John Bowe (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
4. 48. Tony DeFelice/Tony D’Alberto (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
5. 1. Klark Quinn/Craig Baird (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
6. 69. Theo Koundouris/Sam Power (GTT - Porsche 997 Cup-S) - 80-laps
7. 6. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
8. 77. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520) - 79-laps
9. 51. Andrew MacPherson/Ben Porter (GT - Porsche 997 GT3-R)
10. 47. James Koundouris/Steve Owen (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
11. 73. Michael Hovey/Matt Campbell (GTT - Porsche Type 997 GT3 Cup)
12. 48. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 78-laps

2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli
GT Championship Class points (after round two of six)
1. Richard Muscat (152 points), 2. Peter Edwards/John Bowe (127), 3. Klark Quinn (113), 4. Tony Quinn (95), 5. James Koundouris/Steve Owen (81), 6. Garth Tander (58), 7. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (57)

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2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli
Rnd#1 - 28-30 March, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
(2x 60-minute races - The Nationals)
Rnd#2 - 23-25 May, Phillip Island, Victoria
(101-lap race - The Nationals)
Rnd#3 - 4-6 July, Townsville, Queensland
(3x 40-minute races - V8 Supercars)
Rnd#4 - 22-24 August, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
(2x 30-minute, 1x 60-minute races - V8 Supercars)
Rnd#5 - 12-14 September, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
(3x 40-minute races - V8 Supercars)
Rnd#6 - 7-9 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ
(2x 40-minute races) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- M Motorsport is proudly supported by Interlloy Engineering Steels and Alloys, Australian Post Tensioning, Vibrabody and Freem. About Interlloy

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Published in Latest News
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

The ecstasy and agony that is Bathurst..

Twelve months ago dual-Victorian State Series champion Justin McMillan made his ‘main game’ debut at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, one of the most daunting circuits in the world. By the close of the event he had both impressed his highly-rated team-mate Steven Richards, and run strongly amongst the national GT regulars.

For his second attempt at the notorious Bathurst endurance event, McMillan employed not just a fourth driver, but the last Reiter Engineering-prepared Lamborghini Gallardo FLII built - it arrived just a fortnight before the season opener.

During testing at Phillip Island and Winton the new car performed brilliantly and that translated into pace during opening practice at Bathurst.

Published in Latest News
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

M-Motorsport - new car, new livery for 2014

12-months ago M-Motorsport’s Justin McMillan stood on the precipice of the biggest drive of his short motorsport career, staring down the barrel of his debut on Mount Panorama behind the wheel of one of the most ferocious GT cars in the world, the 600bhp Lamborghini Gallardo FLII.

Now, just days out from his second start at ‘the mountain’ McMillan admits that the emotions are different this time around - more akin to a kid in a lolly shop..

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