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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Former Formula One (Prost Grand Prix) driver and international GT star Tomas Enge is the latest high profile signing to the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, the Czechoslovakian driver joining the M-Motorsport/Interlloy team alongside team owner Justin McMillan in a very different looking operation for the 2015 season.

A regular on the Australian GT podium with co-drivers Steven Richards and David Russell in his #48 Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 last season, McMillan has made a wholesale change in 2015 by signing Enge and the stunning new Reiter Engineering prepared Chevrolet Camaro GT3.

“The decision to change from the Lamborghini to the Camaro wasn’t taken lightly,” McMillan admitted. “We had a great season with the Reiter-prepared Gallardo last year, but with the Camaro coming online, and the success that Inky Tulloch and Craig Lowndes enjoyed at Highlands, I thought it was time to make a change.

“Honestly, despite having been a long-time Lamborghini supporter, my heart is in muscle cars and Hot Rods - I’ve built them over the years, and I have a number of them - and the Camaro suits that style for me. A big thumping 7.9-litre Chevrolet V8 wrapped in a GT3 body - what’s not to like..!

We’ve also made a commitment to assist in the development of the car too, and with three Camaros now in the region, it made perfect sense to make the switch this year.

“Since day one of our involvement with Reiter and the Camaro I’ve been involved in testing at Adria (Italy), and was very hands-on with the inky Tulloch car. A second car for Australian GT is on the way, and my car is close behind it, so there will be two cars competing in the full 2015 series, and potentially Inky may make one or two appearances.”

Clipsal won’t be Enge’s first visit to Australia, the 38-year old having represented his country in the former A1GP series. He’s no stranger either to the Camaro, nor street circuits, having contested the Thailand Super Series for the Vattana Motorsport team where he finished runner-up to team-mate Chonsawat Asavahame (Gallardo) in the #25 Camaro GT3 this year, winning the final round in early December on the Bangsean street circuit.

“Tomas has been with Reiter since 2012 and as a result, has been right through the development of the Camaro from day one,” McMillan explained. “He’s run in both Thailand where he was always either first or second in their Supercar/GT3 category, and in the ADAC GT Masters where he was always amongst the leaders.

“He may not have driven Clipsal before, but he’s a driver with immense experience and he will be able to extract the absolute maximum from the Camaro, especially around somewhere like Clipsal where torque will play a big part of firing out of the slower corners.

“Craig Lowndes admitted at Highlands that it was a fantastic car to drive, very controllable, and despite the torque (800Nm) and horsepower (650bhp) it was good on its tyres, so we should have a very competitive package!”

Whilst McMillan’s new Camaro is due to land in Australia in the next few days, his commitment to his Reiter Lamborghini will continue at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, where he will be joined once more by Richards and new recruit, Craig Baird.

“I’m really looking forward to Bathurst,” McMillan admitted. “This will be my third 12-Hour, and with the team we have, I believe we’re right in the equation for an outright result, especially as we were leading early last year with Steve before the incident at the top of the mountain which saw Ross Lilley caught out on the resultant oil across Skyline.

“Both Steve and Bairdo are proven front runners, and I’d like to go out with the Gallardo on a high note, so we’ll be working hard to be amongst the leaders over the closing stages.”

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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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The final round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli is less than a week away, and already the excitement around the AGT - Highlands 101 ‘double-header’ has everyone talking. The level of anticipation amongst the teams too is high, and at Melbourne’s M-Motorsport, there is twice the excitement after the news that former V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes will join local star Inky Tulloch to debut the first of the new Chevrolet Camaros into the series.

Experienced competitor Tulloch joined M-Motorsport team leader Justin McMillan at Adria in Italy earlier in the year to test the Hans Reiter inspired Camaro, and the former Mayor of Mataura (NZ) and truck racing champion couldn’t contain his excitement, ordering the first of the M-Motorsport imported Camaros for the Highlands event.

“As a fan of American muscle cars, my interest peaked almost as soon as I knew about the Camaro,” McMillan admitted at the time. “Having dealt with Reiter with the purchase of our Lamborghinis, I called him almost immediately to see what we could do, and the team arranged a private session for us at the Adria Circuit in northern Italy to test the car.

“Like us, Inky was seriously impressed - it’s one of those cars that just begs to be driven, and the sound… just wait till you hear the sound!”

On his own visit to Europe, Steven Richards also had a chance to sample the Camaro, and he admitted it impressed him.

“The car was exceptional,” Richards admitted. “Very different to the Lamborghini.. I’d say the Lamborghini is more like an open-wheeler, more reliant on aero and mechanical grip, whereas the Camaro is very much like a V8 Supercar.

“The Camaro matches the Lamborghini on pace, but the way it achieves that speed is in a totally different way.

“It’s amazing how quickly it accelerates out of the slower corners,” Richards added. “What that will mean in Australia on our circuits and under our weather conditions, only time will tell, but it has proven quick in the GT Masters in one-hour races in Europe, so I’d expect that we’ll face similar situations, although with that much torque, you may need to be a little relaxed on throttle applications, as it can get onto the traction control pretty quickly.

“I also think it’s a better proposition for the gentleman driver because it’s less reliant on carrying mid-corner speed like say the Ferrari and the Lamborghini - more user-friendly.. it’s also significantly cheaper than the Italian thoroughbreds too, and that will make it more attractive to those drivers on the fringe that don’t want to make such a big investment. It also sounds incredible.. it’s arguably the sweetest sounding racecar I’ve heard in a very long time!”

Whilst Richards won’t be driving the Camaro at Highlands - he will return to the wheel of the Interlloy Gallardo alongside McMillan - Lowndes’ Red Bull Racing Australia team-mate will be back in action and looking for the M-Motorsport team’s maiden Australian GT victory after coming so close at Sandown last time out.

“We’ve had pole three times from five rounds [Richards twice, David Russell once], and made the podium at the last two rounds,” McMillan acknowledged. “Richo is coming off the back of a great run at Bathurst and the his maiden Carrera Cup title on the Gold Coast, and I’m getting more and more comfortable in the car, so I think we are capable of being on the podium again. Whether that equates to victory, I guess in a little over a week, we’ll know..”

For McMillan though, his involvement with the Camaro won’t stop after Highlands, the AGT front-runner will be back off to Adria again to shake down the newest addition to the Australian GT family..

“Not long after Highlands, I will be flying back to Italy for a shakedown of the next Camaro destined for Australia - with it’s new owner..

“Two cars are sold already, and my intention is to have three cars in Australian GT next year - it’s an exciting time.”

The final round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli at Highlands Motorsport Park will conclude on Saturday, 8 November with two 40-minute races, before the second annual ‘Highlands 101’ on Sunday 9 November.

Coverage of the Highlands event will be available via www.australiangt.com.au each day, with a one-hour AGT/Highlands 101 package going to air on TV3 in New Zealand (23 November, 2:00pm) and a one hour package available in Australia at a date yet to be determined. Stay tuned to, to www.facebook.com/MMotorsportGT3

Rnd#6 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, New Zealand (7-9 November)
Schedule: [NZDT – GMT +13]

Friday, 7 November 

10:45am - Practice #1

12:30am - Practice #2

2:25pm - Qualifying



Saturday, 8 November

9:25am - warm-up

11:45am - Race#1 (40-minutes - CPS)

3:25pm - Race#2 (40-minutes - CPS)

 Sunday, 9 November

10:30am - Highlands 101 (qualifying)

1:25pm - Highlands 101 (race - 101-laps)

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2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli


Pole positions: M-Motorsport x3 (Sandown, Townsville, Sandown)

Podiums: Sydney Motorsport Park, Sandown 500

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3
The Reiter Engineering built Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ (FL2) debuted in 2013 as the flagship for the Italian manufacturer in GT3 competition. Powered by a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 with around 600bhp, the FL2 is the last of the Gallardo line ahead of its replacement in 2015 by the new Huracan GT3.

Chevrolet Camaro GT3
The brainchild of Hans Reiter, the Camaro GT3 has been in development since 2013. Powered by a front-engined 7.9-litre Chevrolet V8, it is one of the most powerful GT3 cars in the world with almost 650bhp and 800Nm of torque. During 2014 the car has proven successful in ADAC GT Masters in Germany and is a regular podium finisher.

2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli - after round five of six
1. Richard Muscat (487 points), 2. Tony Quinn (455), 3. John Bowe (388), 4. Justin McMillan (313), 5. Klark Quinn (292), 6. Peter Edwards (273), 7. Steven Richards (213), 8. Tony D’Alberto (147), 9. James Koundouris (138), 10. Ross Lilley (136)

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2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Rnd#1 - 28-30 March, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
Rnd#2 - 23-25 May, Phillip Island, Victoria
Rnd#3 - 4-6 July, Townsville, Queensland
Rnd#4 - 22-24 August, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW
Rnd#5 - 12-14 September, Sandown, Melbourne, Victoria
Rnd#6 - 7-9 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ

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 - 6-8 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ 
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Australian-based M-Motorsport came into the final round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli looking for a solid end to their 2014 campaign, but whilst New Zealand born Steven Richards and M-Motorsport team-boss Justin McMillan were looking like a real chance for a podium result, so too were series rookies Inky Tulloch and Craig Lowndes in the stunning new Reiter Engineering-built Camaro GT3.

With the two Red Bull Racing Australia endurance drivers competing for the M-Motorsport team, there was always going to be plenty of focus on the V8 Supercar stars, and they delivered, both cars making the Highlands 101 podium, McMillan and Richards outright (third) and Tulloch/Lowndes as part of the New Zealand Series (first and fifth outright), whilst the team also celebrated the Ross Lilley/Paul Kelly Koala Furniture Gallardo FL2 making in three cars in the top seven.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Justin McMillan beamed post-Highlands 101. “I finished fourth in the Championship Class in Australian GT yesterday after a tough season that saw us start from pole three times in six rounds, then Steve and I backed up with a podium in the three-hour 101. On top of that Inky and Craig were right in the mix and they finished a strong fifth in the 101, whilst Ross and Paul also made it home inside the top ten. For us now it’s on to season 2015, and I think what we’ve learnt this year will make us serious title contenders next season, and that’s the goal, podiums and victories!”

Former Bathurst 1000 champion and two-time Australian GT pole-sitter Steve Richards too was all praise for the team’s efforts in 2014.

“You have to remember, we’re a young team coming into a series against some very seasoned professionals, so to finish as strongly as we have is testament to the guys in the crew, and also Justin’s ongoing development as a driver,” Richards said. “This weekend you also saw some of the best drivers in the region competing, guys with V8 Supercar experience, all of whom were battling at the front of the field, so to compete against, and in some cases, defeat these drivers was for me a great result for M-Motorsport. On top of that we also saw the debut of the Camaro, and to have Inky and Craig running so strongly at the front of the field was outstanding. We’d tested the car and knew it would be strong, but there’s no better test than competing against other teams and the Camaro stood up to the challenge, and it stood up to it strongly.”

“The car’s [Camaro] great, it’s got a lot of grunt,” Lowndes admitted with his trademark smile post-race. “It hung in there, it was consistent, the engine was strong, the gearbox was good - it still needs a little more finessing, but overall for it’s first major outing it was a solid car.

“We tried to make it an easy car for Inky [Tulloch] and with that he actually went faster. He did his fastest lap time in the race so he became more comfortable - so as we stepped the car up, he stepped up with it.

“As a gentleman’s car I think it’s right up there to be honest, it’s a very easy car to drive, it’s a very forgiving car - you can step it out and have a bit of fun like you can with a V8 Supercar but it doesn’t snap on you like the Ferrari does. You can’t afford to step the Ferrari out too much otherwise it’s going to bite you, but the Camaro is a very forgiving car. There’s no doubt it’s got great potential - it needs more time - but we’ve progressed the car very well over the last couple of days.

“As for tyre wear, one of the unknowns coming into the event, I was actually quite surprised. We did yesterday’s two races [2x 40-minutes] on the same set of Pirelli’s and they were starting to go off a little bit towards the end of the second race, so I was a little bit uncertain how the 101 would go, but I think Inky did 47-laps in his first stint, then I jumped in and we only changed rears and kept going for another 40-something laps and the fronts hung in there. Then for the last 20 laps we put fresh rubber all around and away we went.

“The car for the size of it - it looks big and heavy - it actually did look after its tyres so I was really impressed.”

With the 2014 Australian GT Championship at its conclusion, attention now turns to the 2015 Bathurst 12-Hour [6-8 February] where M-Motorsport will field their Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 with McMillan, Richards and Craig Baird at the wheel, the trio hoping to capitalise on what had been an outstanding start to the 2013 event with Richards leading for a number of laps.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in GT racing,” McMillan admitted. “We’ve learnt a lot this year getting the Interlloy Gallardo up to speed and that showed with our end of season results where we were on the podium at every event, whilst the Camaro showed itself to be a competitive car on debut in New Zealand and that already has the phone ringing, so I think we’ll be in for a busy season in 2015.”

A one-hour AGT/Highlands 101 television package will go to air in Australia on OneHD on 21 December at 5:00pm. Stay tuned to www.facebook.com/MMotorsportGT3 for more news on the M-Motorsport team ahead of the 2015 season.

Rnd#6 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ
Qualifying (7 November)


1. Tony Quinn/Garth Tander (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:31.855
2. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:32.097
3. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:32.954
4. Jono Lester (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:33.365
5. John Bowe (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:33.832
6. Klark Quinn/Shane Van Gisbergen (GT - Mosler MT900 GT3) - 1:34.043
7. Inky Tulloch/Craig Lowndes (GT - Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:34.131


8. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:34.741


9. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:35.521
10. Andrew Macpherson/Ben Porter (GT - Porsche 997 GT3-R) - 1:35.561
13. Ross Lilley/Paul Kelly (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:36.613

 Race#1 (40-minutes - 8 November, 2014)


1. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 19-laps
2. John Bowe (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
3. Garth Tander/Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
4. Ryan Millier/Jim Manolios (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
5. Shane Van Gisbergen/Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
6. Jono Lester (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
7. Peter Fitzgerald (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)


8. Peter Edwards (GT - Bentley Continental GT3)
9. John Magro/Ockert Fourie (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
10. James Winslow/Dean Koutsoumidis (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 18-laps

14. Ross Lilley/Paul Kelly (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
19. Craig Lowndes/Inky Tulloch (GT - Chevrolet Camaro GT3)

23. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3) 
Race#2 (40-minutes - 8 November, 2014)


1. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 22-laps
2. Garth Tander/Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
3. John Bowe (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
4. Shane Van Gisbergen/Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
5. Peter Edwards (GT - Bentley Continental GT3)
6. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3)
7. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP560)


8. Craig Lowndes/Inky Tulloch (GT - Chevrolet Camaro GT3)


9. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
10. Peter Fitzgerald (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

DNF. Ross Lilley/Paul Kelly (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1-laps

Highlands 101 (101-laps - 9 November, 2014)

1. Garth Tander/Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 101-laps
2. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

3. Justin McMillan/Steven Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3)
4. Peter Fitzgerald/Michael Almond (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 99-laps
5. Craig Lowndes/Inky Tulloch (GT - Chevrolet Camaro GT3)

6. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

7. Ross Lilley/Paul Kelly (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 97-laps

8. Michael Hovey/Matty Campbell (GTT - Porsche Cup Car) - 96-laps

9. Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
10. Simon Ellingham/Andre Heimgartner (GTT - Porsche Cup Car) - 95-laps
 
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2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli



Pole positions: M-Motorsport Lamborghini - x3 (Sandown, Townsville, Sandown)


Podiums: Sydney Motorsport Park, Sandown 500, Highlands 101

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3
The Reiter Engineering built Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ (FL2) debuted in 2013 as the flagship for the Italian manufacturer in GT3 competition. Powered by a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 with around 600bhp, the FL2 is the last of the Gallardo line ahead of its replacement in 2015 by the new Huracan GT3.

Chevrolet Camaro GT3
The brainchild of Hans Reiter, the Camaro GT3 has been in development since 2013. Powered by a front-engined 7.9-litre Chevrolet V8, it is one of the most powerful GT3 cars in the world with almost 650bhp and 800Nm of torque. During 2014 the car has proven successful in ADAC GT Masters in Germany and is a regular podium finisher.

2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli - after round six of six
1. Richard Muscat (595-points), 2. Tony Quinn (542), 3. John Bowe (470), 4. Justin McMillan (347), 4. Klark Quinn (347), 6. Peter Edwards (314), 7. Steven Richards (247), 8. Tony D’Alberto (147), 9. Ross Lilley (146), 10. Garth Tander (145) 
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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 - 6-8 November, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, NZ (TBC)
(* with the Shannons Nationals, ** with V8 Supercars)  
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After tough start to the 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, the M-Motorsport Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo of Justin McMillan and reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Steve Richards has continued to improve, claiming a string of pole position trophies and podium finishes.

The season started well enough with pole position at Sandown first time around after Richards demolished the standing lap record. Sadly though the results from the two 60-minute races were less favourable after contact in race one whilst battling over the podium, and a mechanical fault in race two.

From there though the season has steadily improved, with two more pole positions and a string of podiums including two this time around at Sandown where team-boss Justin McMillan set a pace that surprised even himself.

“In practice on old tyres I went around the circuit faster than I’ve ever been, and on new tyres, I’m over a second faster than my personal best at Sandown,” he explained.

For the second Sandown event McMillan was without the assistance of Richards who had his schedule full of V8 Supercar commitments with Red Bull, and his dual role as a championship contender in the Carrera Cup Series. Instead, the M-Motorsport team employed the services of another part-time V8 Supercar driver, but experienced Lamborghini campaigner, David Russell.

“Dave is no slouch in a Lamborghini having run with Roger Lago a number of times over the last few seasons,” McMillan said. “He also ran with Roger and Richo [Richards] at the Spa 24-Hour race a couple of months ago too, and he was pretty quick, so it made sense to sign him on.”

Just how quick was made evident after qualifying [1:08.8147R] where Russell was seven tenths under Richards benchmark pole time from March, after a session long battle with points leader Richard Muscat.

“I’m pretty happy with that,” Russell admitted afterwards. “It was a busy lap, but clean.”

Off pole for the opening 40-minute race, McMillan held out former reigning Bathurst 12-Hour champion Peter Edwards and title contender Tony Quinn for the opening few laps before Quinn moved through to second behind the points leading Mercedes of Richard Muscat.

From there though he held his ground behind the VIP Petfoods Aston Martin, pitting for his compulsory pit stop [CPS] to hand Russell the car from third place.

With a longer pit-stop than his rivals by virtue of the team’s pole position start and Russell’s status as a ‘Pro’ driver, the Nissan V8 Supercar regular was forced to drive the wheels off the #48 Interlloy Lamborghini to regain third in the process setting one of the fastest laps of the race [1:09.3670].

Off the second row for the start of race two, Russell was quickly through to the lead, he and points leader Muscat driving away from the field as they set about breaking the lap-record, lap-after-lap.

In the end it was Russell who set the benchmark on lap nine, his 1:08.9425 only marginally shy of his pole time, but as he drew towards the CPS and started to pull away from the Mercedes Benz driver, drama struck as a the right rear tyre suffered a failure after catching the outside edge of the kerb on the run onto the front straight.

Russell was forced to endure an arduous journey back to the pit lane - almost an entire lap - without causing any further damage to the car.

Once back in pit lane, the M-Motorsport team made a rapid tyre change, and strapped McMillan back behind the wheel for the closing stint, the dual Victorian champion turning some stunning laps to haul himself from 13th back to eighth at the flag.

“That was fun,” McMillan beamed post-race. “But disappointing that we had to come through from the back. Dave was just unlucky, because we were just a couple of laps from stopping anyway, and would have changed outside tyres, but that’s motor racing, we’ll give it another crack in race three.”

McMillan started the final 40-minute race from row four, but the M-Motorsport team leader was soon through to fifth, and up to fourth behind the Bathurst 12-Hour winning Ferrari by lap six. He held station behind Edwards until the CPS, not prepared to make any risky moves and jeopardise the team’s second consecutive podium finish.

“I was quicker, but I also wanted to ensure that David had good tyres under him for the closing stages of the race so that he could go after the leaders,” McMillan explained afterwards.

Russell was quick from his opening lap in the car, working his way through to third at the flag and one of the fastest cars on the circuit.

“I can’t thank Justin enough for the chance to drive with him this weekend,” Russell said post-race. “It’s always nice to get in a Lamborghini, and this one was seriously fast.”

“Dave really set that up with his qualifying run, but to be more than a second faster than my PB here in the past is almost as good as a win for me,” McMillan added. “We’ve shown we can be fast, and with our second podium result in two rounds, we’ve shown we can be consistently amongst the leaders. I think it’s only a matter of time until we make the top step of the podium.”

For the Australian GT Championship teams, there is now almost two months until the season finale, back at Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell in New Zealand during the second week of November [7-9].

The Sandown round of the Australian GT Championship will be telecast on Channel 7mate on Saturday, 20 September at 12:30pm (check local guides for confirmation).

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Rnd#5 - 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Sandown Park - Qualifying (12 September)

1. Justin McMillan/David Russell (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:08.8147R
2. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:09.1171
3. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C) - 1:09.1524
4. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:09.7005
5. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:09.8012
6. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:09.8252
7. John Morriss (GT - Porsche GT3-R) - 1:10.0165
8. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:10.1161

9. Ockert Fourie/John Magro (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:10.7136
10. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:10.8003


Race#1 - 40-minutes (13 September)

1. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 26-laps
2. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3)
3. Justin McMillan/David Russell (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
4. John Morriss (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
5. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
6. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
7. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
8. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) 

9. Steve McLaughlan (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

10. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520) - 25-laps


Race#2 - 40-minutes (13 September)

1. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 32-laps
2. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
3. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
4. John Morriss (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
5. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
6. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) 

7. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 31-laps
8. Justin McMillan/David Russell (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
9. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
10. Michael Hovey/Matt Campbell (GTT - Porsche GT3 Cup)


Race#3 - 40-minutes (14 September)

1. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 31-laps
2. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3)
3. Justin McMillan/David Russell (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
4. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
5. John Morriss (GT - Porsche GT3-R)
6. Ross Lilley (GT - Gallardo FL2 GT3)
7. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
8. Kevin Weeks (GTT - Ford GT) - 30-laps
9. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
10. Jim Manolios/Ryan Millier (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

GT Championship Class points (after round five of six)
1. Richard Muscat (487 points), 2. Tony Quinn (455), 3. John Bowe (388), 4. Justin McMillan (313), 5. Klark Quinn (292), 6. Peter Edwards (273), 7. Steven Richards (213), 8. Tony D’Alberto (147), 9. James Koundouris (138), 10. Ross Lilley (136), 11. Andrew MacPherson (119), 12. David Russell (101), 13. Steve McLaughlan (93), 14. John Morriss (89), 15. Steve Owen (84) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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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The M-Motorsport Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo of Justin McMillan and Steve Richards has been one of the standouts in the 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, claiming two impressive pole position trophies in the four rounds contested to date, but the hard-working Melbourne-based team knew that their maiden series podium was only a matter of time, and in Sydney they achieved that milestone.

“We’re a relatively young team racing against a string of professional teams that have been involved in GT racing for years,” team-boss Justin McMillan explained.

“We know we have the equipment, and in Steve Richards we have a driver capable of winning, but these things take time, especially with a new team. So far this year we’d been on the pole twice, and run strongly at the front of the field, but little niggling issues have caught us out.

“We were in contention for a podium at the season opener in Sandown, but an incident whilst I was fighting over second eliminated us, but at the same time, it gave us the momentum we carried into Sydney and a result that I’m particularly proud of.”

A ride day for Interlloy and their clients just two weeks out from the event at Sydney Motorsport Park gave McMillan some serious miles around the 18-turn, 4.5-kilometre venue, although most of those laps were contested in the team’s Freem Gallardo Super Trofeo, but despite the difference in performance between the two cars, both McMillan and Richards were quick through practice in Sydney.

McMillan posted one of his best ever laps of the Eastern Creek venue in the opening practice on a slippery surface and old rubber, before Richards put the gorgeous black and orange Lamborghini on top in session two.

In qualifying both drivers improved their pace, but were unable to get a clear lap, although with an increased pit-stop penalty for every row further towards the front of the field, they also decided that strategy would allow them to stop as much as ten seconds shorter than the teams in front of them, elevating them up the order during the compulsory stop.

McMillan started the car in race one, and was running strongly with the lead pack ahead of a Safety Car period which fell just as the compulsory pit stop [CPS] window opened. Unfortunately for the M-Motorsport team, by virtue of Steve Richards status as a ‘professional’ driver, McMillan was unable to stop until he had completed 45% of race distance, all but negating any advantage that many of their rivals achieved during their stops.

Despite this Richards charged from 14th to 11th within half a lap of the Safety Car pulling off the circuit, but it soon returned after early race leader Richard Muscat rolled to a stop at turn 18.

After three laps the Safety Car returned to pit lane and the race re-started with around 15 minutes remaining, Richards charging through the field to battle the Trophy Class Audis of James Winslow and Nathan Antunes who ultimately elected to let the reigning Bathurst 1000 champion through in the closing stages.

Punching out some of the fastest laps of the race, Richards caught the tail of Klark Quinn on the final lap to cross the line just six tenths of a second from P2, and less than six seconds from the race lead, negating an 18-second deficit across the closing laps.

“The car felt great, and Justin did a brilliant job, but we lost out on the pit stop,” Richards explained. “If the Safety Car had come seven or eight minutes later, we’d have been right in the mix and every chance of taking the win, but that’s the way it goes, sometimes the rules work with you, sometimes they don’t, but it’s a great results regardless and testament to Justin’s hard work and that of the whole M-Motorsport crew.”

Richards was back behind the wheel to start the second one-hour race, and he had the crowd on their feet, charging to the front to lead into the CPS, handing McMillan the car for the final leg, the two-time Victorian State Series Champion working his way back to fifth ahead of the flag having allowed the flying John Bowe through on the final lap.

“I could see Bowey coming, and I wasn’t going to risk our podium result, so I let him through,” McMillan explained post-race. “This was what we’d been working for all year, and it falls perfectly into place with our long term plans for the team. 2014 was about consolidation and getting onto the podium regularly. I still have a lot to learn, and I’m doing my best to juggle my work commitments with time behind the wheel because our goal is obviously the championship, and I think we’re heading in the right direction to be title contenders perhaps as early as 2015.”

“I’m very happy with that,” Richards added. “Justin’s drive was the best I've seen from him, but for me, what is really exciting is his improvement over the last 12 months. 18 months ago he was racing at State level, so this podium is a great testament to him."

For the M-Motorsport team the focus returns once more to Sandown in Melbourne (12-14 September), the scene of their maiden pole-position for the 2014 season, and a circuit both Richards and McMillan know intimately for the penultimate round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli.

The Sydney round of the Australian GT Championship will be telecast on Channel 7/7mate in the coming two weeks (check local guides for details - expected to be Sunday afternoon).

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Rnd#4 - 2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

Sydney Motorsport Park - Qualifying (22 August)

1. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:26.8645R
2. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:28.0640

3. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 1:28.2422

4. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C) - 1:28.4002
5. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:28.7142
6. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:28.8073
7. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 1:29.1443
8. James Koundouris/Steve Owen (GT - Porsche GT3-R) - 1:29.4537
9. Adrian Deitz/Josh Hunt (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:29.7824
10. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520) - 1:30.0889


Race#1 - 60-minutes (23 August)

1. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3) - 31-laps
2. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
3. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3)
4. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)

5. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)
6. Theo Koundouris (GTT - Porsche 997 Cup-S)
7. Jan Jinadasa/Daniel Gaunt (GTT - Lamborghini Gallardo LP520)

8. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

9. Adrian Deitz/Josh Hunt (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
10. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 30-laps


Race#2 - 60-minutes (24 August)

1. Richard Muscat (GT - Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 38-laps
2. Tony Quinn (GT - Aston Martin Vantage GT3)
3. Klark Quinn (GT - McLaren MP4-12C)
4. John Bowe/Peter Edwards (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
5. Justin McMillan/Steve Richards (GT - Interlloy Gallardo FL2 GT3)
6. Dean Koutsoumidis/James Winslow (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3) - 37-laps
7. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (GT - Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)

8. Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes (GTT - Audi R8 LMS GT3)

9. Andrew MacPherson (GT - Porsche 997 GT3-R)
10. Adrian Deitz/Josh Hunt (GT - Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)


2014 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli

GT Championship Class points (after round four of six)
1. Richard Muscat (345 points), 2. Tony Quinn (308), 3. John Bowe (297), 4. Klark Quinn (285), 5. Justin McMillan/Steven Richards (213), 6. Peter Edwards (182),  7. Tony D’Alberto (147), 8. James Koundouris (138), 9. Andrew MacPherson (105), 10. Steve Owen (84), 11. Ross Lilley (64), 12. Garth Tander (58), 12. Steve McLaughlan/Warren Luff (58), 13. Jack Le Brocq (52), 14. Josh Hunt/Adrian Deitz (43), 15. Tony DeFelice (32), 16. Craig Baird (30), 17. Ben Porter (24), 18. Jim Manolios (23), 19. Ryan Millier (19), 20. 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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 M Motorsport is proudly supported by Interlloy Engineering Steels and Alloys, Australian Post Tensioning, Vibrabody and Freem. 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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