Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Podium for M-Motorsport in Melbourne

MMGT3 AGT Sandown McMillan-2 Camaro 0915 mpix med3 Coming into the final round of the Australian GT Championship on home soil, the expectations from Melbourne’s M-Motorsport team were high. Two competitive teams were entered, with rising stars Glen Wood and Elliot Barbour taking over the reigns of the #46 Lamborghini Gallardo, whilst team-leader Justin McMillan would be joined by New Zealand ace John McIntyre in the #48 Interlloy Camaro.

With ongoing development work with the Reiter Engineering-built Sareni Camaro providing plenty of optimism after a pre-race test at Phillip Island, and the announcement that John McIntyre - the man who assisted New Zealand’s Inky Tulloch to the North Island Endurance title in his Camaro just weeks earlier - joining the Interlloy team, there was much to look forward to.

Practice started strongly with the team’s two ‘junior’ drivers setting the pace in the Gallardo, backing up the performance of Steven Richards in the car 12-months prior with the former Bathurst 1000 champion putting the Interlloy Lamborghini comfortably on pole at Sandown.

McIntyre too was quick, putting the Interlloy Camaro inside the top ten ahead of qualifying, whilst McMillan pronounced himself comfortable with the pace of the car.

“After a couple of races in the Gallardo, I need to re-program myself for the Camaro which requires a very different driving style to the Lamborghini,” McMillan explained. “I’ve done a lot of miles around Sandown, so I’m looking forward to a solid result, and Johnny [McIntyre] has adapted brilliantly straight out of the box, so we’re looking forward to qualifying.”

By the close of the two 20-minute sessions, the #46 Gallardo had qualified strongly on the second row of the grid, whilst the two Camaro drivers had ensured a ninth place starting position for the thundering American muscle-car.

Wood and McMillan started the two M-Motorsport cars for the opening 60-minute race, and both maintained their positions inside the top ten, with Wood sticking onto the tail of the leading trio, whilst McMillan used the bulk horsepower of the 7.9-litre Chev to run as high as eight before an unfortunate spin at turn four trapped him at one of the most difficult parts of the circuit.

“I just got onto the power too hard, but I was getting more and more comfortable and looking to make a move into the top seven when I just carried too much speed into turn four,” he explained. “Anywhere else I would have been able to turn around, but there you’re trapped between armco fencing on both sides, and the corner is blind, so you can’t see what’s coming. So after a 75-point turn, I brought the car in for our compulsory stop and handed over to Johnny, but we were a lap down by then. On one-hand frustrating, but on another, we had terrific pace, so that’s certainly a step forward in the development of the car.”

Sadly for the M-Motorsport team, just prior to McMillan’s spin, the #46 car was also out of the equation with a deflating tyre forcing an early stop. Despite that, both Wood and Barbour stormed through their stints to recover for a 16th placed finish, the two local drivers at times amongst the fastest cars on the circuit.

McIntyre and Barbour started the two Interlloy cars for Sunday morning’s second and final race, the two drivers working their way forward ahead of the compulsory pit stops, McIntyre quickly onto the tail of the top ten before being thwarted by a power issue, whilst Barbour put in a stunning driver to work his way through to 11th before the stop.

McIntyre used all the tricks in the book to extract the maximum out of the #48 Camaro, but ultimately an exhaust failure sapped the big 7.9-litre Chevrolet of vital power, a situation that forced him into a spin before the CPS trying to extract the maximum from the car. Ultimately the pair were classified 19th at the end of the race, their best lap of 1:10.9848 a sure indication something was wrong.

“We really had to over drive the car just to get that kind of pace out of it,” McMillan explained. “The internals of the muffler had failed which essentially robbed us of up to two seconds a lap, which negated our one big advantage - straight line speed and punch out of the slower corners - so it was a tough day in the end. It’s something which will be simple to fix, but frustratingly, it cost us valuable pace at a circuit where I think the Camaro would have excelled.”

Whilst the Camaro was battling a power issue, there were no such problems with the #46 team, with both Barbour and Wood setting a stunning pace through both stanzas of the race to cross the line an impressive third, just metres behind the second placed Mercedes and only three seconds down on the race winner despite the fact the duo had started from the eighth row of the grid!

“Overall, from the team perspective, the weekend was all about positives,” McMillan reflected. “We found some more pace from the Camaro, and showed we’re more than capable of mixing it inside the top ten. The boys did a brilliant job in the Gallardo, which makes you wonder what would have been if they’d started further forward after that tyre deflation yesterday.

“For us now the focus turns to New Zealand for the final round at Highlands, and the annual ‘Highlands 101’. We know the Gallardo is quick there, and Craig Lowndes and Inky [Tulloch] showed good pace in the Camaro last year too, so we’ll see what we do there. I know Johnny is keen to keep his momentum going with the Camaro, so we’ll do a little more testing over the next few weeks and see what we can extract from the car before we put them into the container later next month.”

The final round of the Australian GT Championship will be held once more at Highlands Motorsport Park on the south-island of New Zealand (13-15 November) with two short sprint races ahead of the annual (non-championship) 101-lap endurance race on Sunday afternoon.

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Rnd#5 2015 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli
Sandown Park, Melbourne (11-13 September, 2015)


Qualifying #1: (11 September)
1. Graeme Smyth (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:09.8027
2. Glen Wood (Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:09.8955
3. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:10.0203
4. Morgan Haber (Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:10.0289
5. Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:10.0897
6. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:10.2571
8. John McIntyre (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:10.3788

Qualifying #2: (11 September)
1. Jono Lester (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:08.9004
2. Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:08.9491
3. Nathan Antunes (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:09.6707
4. Christopher Mies (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:09.9992
5. Morgan Haber (Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3) - 1:10.4665
6. Bradley Shiels (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:10.4985
8. Elliot Barbour (Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 1:10.9358
21. Justin McMillan (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:12.5637

Race#1 (60-minutes): (12 September)
1. Grant Denyer/Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 45-laps
2. Morgan Haber (Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3)
3. Christopher Mies/Ryan Millier (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)
4. James Koundouris (Porsche GT3-R)
5. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
6. Andrew Macpherson/Bradley Shiels (Porsche GT3-R)
16. Elliot Barbour/Glen Wood (Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3) - 44-laps
23. Justin McMillan/John McIntyre (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 43-laps

Race#2 (60-minutes): (13 September)
1. Christopher Mies/Ryan Millier (Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 49-laps
2. Morgan Haber (Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3)
3. Elliot Barbour/Glen Wood (Interlloy Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3)
4. Grant Denyer/Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
5. Jono Lester/Graeme Smyth (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
6. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
19. Justin McMillan/John McIntyre (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 48-laps

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

Two-car assault for M-Motorsport in Sydney

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This weekend the M-Motorsport team will return to Sydney Motorsport Park [SMP] for the fourth round of the Australian GT Championship, although it will be with two cars, and a very different driver lineup to the previous three rounds of the 2015 season.

Team-leader Justin McMillan will step down from the Interlloy/M-Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro GT3 to take over the reigns of the Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 he campaigned during the 2014 championship, and with a new co-driver, and greater confidence as a result of working with a new car all this season, the Victorian is expecting a solid run in the two scheduled 60-minute races.

“There has been a bit of a shake-up in the team since Townsville,” McMillan confirmed. “As a result, I’ll jump back in the M-Motorsport Lamborghini, which will give us the chance to run two Interlloy liveried cars for the event.

“Glen Wood - the younger brother of former M-Motorsport driver and current V8 Supercar regular, Dale - was keen to drive in Australian GT with us, and thanks to some support from Wilson Security and Hi-Tec Oils, he’ll have that chance.

“At the same time, Nathan Morcom was looking to continue in the series after running with M-Motorsport at Phillip Island, so we had a bit of a shuffle, and I elected to step out of the Camaro to give Jack and Nathan a shot at delivering a strong outright result.

“Jack’s clearly quick around there - in fact he’s the lap record holder (1:27.9783) after winning both races comfortably in 2013, and we’ve done some development work with the car, so with two young hot-shots behind the wheel, they could be a dark horse, whilst Glen - who has plenty of experience in Formula Ford and some in V8 Supercars -will drive with me, and I think he too will surprise a few people with his pace.

“I’m more comfortable in some ways with the Lamborghini, because I’ve had two full seasons with the car, and last year at Sydney, Richo [Steve Richards] and I finished on the podium in race one, and fifth in race two to be classified third for the round, so I’m hoping we might be able to emulate that and potentially move a bit higher up the grid, especially as Glen doesn’t incur the heavy compulsory pit stop penalty that Richo had.

“We’re also expecting a big attendance from Interlloy staff and customers at the event, so we are keen to put on a big show for them. I think it’s going to be an interesting weekend!”

Opening practice for the penultimate Australian round of the Championship will kick off on Friday morning at 8:25am, ahead of two qualifying sessions, before race one at 12:45pm on Saturday (22 August) and race two on Sunday at 9:20am (23 August), all sessions will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 5.

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2015 Australian GT Championship
Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, NSW (21-23 August)
Schedule: [AEST - GMT +9]Friday, 21 August
8:25am - Practice #1 (20-minutes)
10:50am - Qualifying #1 (20-minutes)
3:00pm - Qualifying #2 (20-minutes)

Saturday, 22 August
12:45pm - Race#1 (60-minutes)

Sunday, 23 August
9:20am - Race#2 (60-minutes)

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This weekend (21-23 August), every session of the fourth round of the Australian GT Championship, will be available ‘live’ on Foxtel, from opening practice on Friday morning from 8:25am, through to race two on Sunday morning (from 9:20am) - tune in to Fox Sports 5 (check local guides to confirm times).

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2015 Australian GT Championship (points after round three of six)

GT Championship Class

1. Tony Quinn (330-points), 2. Nathan Antunes (318), 3. Christopher Mies/Greg Crick (300), 4. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (236), 5. Klark Quinn (234), 6. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (229), 7. Jono Lester (216), 8. James Koundouris (178), 9. Tony Walls (165), 10. Steven McLaughlan (150), 21. Justin McMillan (60), 29. Jack Le Brocq (34)

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MMotorsport Townsville Q2 JLB med2 mpixThe M-Motorsport/Interlloy team traveled north to the streets of Townsville for Rnd#3 of the Australian GT Championship, looking for a solid result on a circuit they felt much better suited the Reiter Engineering built Camaro than the fast flowing Phillip Island venue on which they last competed.

Having claimed pole position at Townsville in their Reiter-built Lamborghini Gallardo in 2014, team-leader Justin McMillan was expecting to be right in the mix on the demanding street circuit, and whilst the end result for he and rising young star Jack Le Brocq wasn’t everything they were hoping for, there were still plenty of positives.

“The car was everything I’d hoped it would be,” McMillan admitted post-event. “The lack of high aero corners, and the ability to fire the car out of slower corners, really played to our strengths, however there is an inherent issue with the car which we’ve now uncovered which meant that we were really fighting it all weekend.

“Like most drivers, I enjoy hanging the tail out under acceleration, but it’s no way to put a quick lap together, yet despite that, and the fact that it bit me in race one, I was quicker than I’d been last year in the Gallardo, and we were often one of the fastest cars on the circuit, so look out when we get it sorted!”

Limited practice saw both Le Brocq and McMillan behind the wheel on Friday for the single timed session, before an afternoon qualifying session saw McMillan turn out the 13th fastest time in the 32-car field.

Le Brocq too impressed in the second qualifier to be 12th fastest and just a second off a third row start, although both drivers admitted they were pretty ‘busy’ during their qualifying laps, and both impacted by traffic.

McMillan started the Interlloy-liveried crowd favourite in race one, making gains off the start before settling into a comfortable rhythm behind the John Bowe Bentley.

“I was surprised to be able to just stick with JB and follow him around. I was comfortable, there was no need to push, and I was just pumping out laps ahead of the compulsory pit stop, but then I got caught out.”

Coming out of one of the tight right-handers, McMillan got on the throttle and the car immediately stepped into oversteer, although this time he wasn’t able to catch it.

“It’s a handful, no question, but I’d been ready for it every other time, but this time it just got a little wide and clipped the wall. There was no immediate structural damage, but the rim broke and deflated the tyre, and being a long way from the pits, I thought it better to pull off the circuit in case the damage was worse.

“Fortunately it was an easy fix once we got back to the garage, and the car was ready for race two. In one way I’m disappointed, but in another, we showed good race pace, and were racing ahead of a lot of guys I was matching speed with last year, so in the end, I’d have to say I was pretty happy.”

Sadly, whilst the car was relatively undamaged, the result meant that Le Brocq would be forced to start at the rear of the 32-car field but he quickly, and cautiously worked his way through the field to be inside the top 15 by lap ten, the V8 Supercar Development Series driver one of the fastest cars on track.

“It wasn’t easy, because some of the guys near the back suddenly felt they were racing you for position, even though we were a lot faster, but it wasn’t something I hadn’t seen before, so you had to be careful where you picked your moment, because you could often find the door slammed firmly shut on you mid corner.

“The pace was good, probably a lot quicker than I was expecting, but tough to show when you’re coming through the pack.”

Pitting just off the tail of the top ten, McMillan dived into the car, punching out a string of consistent laps to find himself caught up in the race for the lead over the closing laps.

“We might have finished higher up the order, but I let - race leader - Nathan Antunes through because there was no need to hold him up, but then the Safety Car came out. If I hadn’t let him through we’d have been able to claim a few more over the closing laps, but still I was happy with our 12th paced finish, and I think Jack’s best was inside the top seven, and the car is nowhere near its potential.

“After three rounds we think we’re onto what’s wrong with the car, and will be working with Reiter Engineering to resolve the handling issues, so I think you’ll see us move forward again when we get to the next round.

“I’m happy that both Camaros ran faultlessly with no mechanical woes, and we showed good pace, now the work starts to be ready and competitive for Sydney!”

Whilst M-Motorsport will be working closely with Reiter Engineering to further improve the car, McMillan too has his own plans to get further knowledge of the popular American inspired GT3 car, revealing that he will join Clipsal 500 partner Tomas Enge in a 12-Hour GT race in the Czech Republic later in the year.

“It’s all a part of the development program we have in place with Reiter,” McMillan confirmed. “I want to work more closely with them, and in turn they want to assist us as a team, and me as a driver to get the most out of the car, and nothing does that better than race miles. I’m looking forward to it!”

The fourth round of the Australian GT Championship will be held once more on the V8 Supercar program, on the weekend of 11-13 September at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek.

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Rnd#3 2015 Australian GT Championship
Townsville, Queensland (10-12 July)
Qualifying #1: (10 July)
1. Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.9713
2. Steve Owen (Ford GT GT3) - 1:13.4001
3. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 1:13.4746
4. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:13.7628
5. Graeme Smythe (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:13.8080
6. James Koundouris (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:14.1658
13. Justin McMillan (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:15.7446

Qualifying #2: (11 July)
1. Jono Lester (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.1179
2. Christopher Mies (Jamec-Pem Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:12.1639
3. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 1:12.6556
4. Bradley Shiels (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:12.8518
5. Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.9519
6. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:12.9997
12. Jack Le Brocq (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:14.0345

Race#1 (60-minutes): (11 July)
1. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 46-laps
2. Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
3. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3)
4. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra)
5. James Koundouris (Porsche GT3-R)
6. John Magro (Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3)
DNF. Justin McMillan/Jack Le Brocq (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 7-laps

Race#2 (60-minutes): (12 July)
1. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 43-laps
2. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
3. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
4. Tony Walls (McLaren 650S GT3)
5. Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
6. Steven McLaughlan (Jamec-Pem Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)
12. Jack Le Brocq/Justin McMillan (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 42-laps

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2015 Australian GT Championship (points after round three of six)

GT Championship Class

1. Tony Quinn (330-points), 2. Nathan Antunes (318), 3. Christopher Mies/Greg Crick (300), 4. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (236), 5. Klark Quinn (234), 6. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (229), 7. Jono Lester (216), 8. James Koundouris (178), 9. Tony Walls (165), 10. Steven McLaughlan (150), 21. Justin McMillan (60), 29. Jack Le Brocq (34)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ahead of the second round of the Australian GT Championship at Phillip Island in late May [22-24], the M-Motorsport team of Justin McMillan has revealed that 2013 Australian GT sensation Jack Le Brocq will join him in the Interlloy Camaro for the remainder of the 2015 season.

“I’m excited by what Jack brings to the team,” McMillan admitted of the announcement. “He showed in 2013 that he was a consistent GT race winner, taking four consecutive victories in his only drive in the series, so I’m sure he’ll be able to make the transition across to the Camaro with no trouble at all.”

Le Brocq replaces former F1 driver Tomas Enge who joined the team for the opening round in Adelaide, however due to his international commitments, Enge has been forced to withdraw from the Australian GT program, paving the way for the 2012 Australian Formula Ford champion to drive alongside McMillan in the Interlloy Camaro.

“I’m so pumped about this opportunity with M-Motorsport,” said Le Brocq.
 “The Camaro is an awesome machine and after testing at Phillip Island last week, I can’t wait to get racing.

“The cars are still quite new so it’s also a chance to help in the development phase, which is something I really enjoy.”

Aside from his involvement with McMillan in the new 7.9-litre, 650-horsepower Interlloy Camaro, Le Brocq will continue his 2015 Dunlop Development Series [V8 Supercar] program with Matthew White Motorsport, as well as his relationship with Erebus Motorsport in a development role.

Le Brocq’s chance to test the new car at Phillip Island also coincided with Reiter Engineering’s return to the country to undertake further development with the iconic Camaro GT car, with McMillan, Dale Paterson and Steven Richards turning laps of the Grand Prix circuit ahead of the second round of the championships - the ‘101’ endurance race on May 22-24.

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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.

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



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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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 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 1987 and 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 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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Fast Facts:
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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