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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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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Fast Facts:
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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