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)

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



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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“We were right where we wanted to be..” three-time Bathurst 1000 champion Steven Richards lamented after retiring the #48 Interlloy/Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 from the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour whilst well within reach of the leaders.

“All our strategy had come into play, we were on the lead lap, and whilst we might have had a tough time battling the Nissan and the German Audi for a race win, we would have been in the mix, but sadly a gearbox failure after five hours put paid to that plan..”

It was a tough end to what had been a memorable weekend for the Interlloy supported team, where team boss Justin McMillan and Richards were joined by former 12-Hour podium place-getter Craig Baird.

A proven package in Australian GT, the M-Motorsport Lamborghini was always expected to be one of the challengers, Richards and Baird proving through practice that they were ones to keep a close eye on.

McMillan too kept improving to the point where his best lap for the weekend was less than a second off Steven Richards’ qualifying time for the Bathurst 12-Hour in 2013.. “Who’d have thought,” McMillan beamed post-event.

By the close of qualifying, the Interlloy Lamborghini was classified in 11th place, Richards’ best lap a 2:04.5976, a full second and a half faster than they’d been in 2014.

“We didn’t get too caught up in the soft tyre battle like some of the leaders,” Richards explained post-session. “The soft Michelin was good for another second or so, but our focus is on the race and having the right tyre under us as the day warms up.”

As he had done in 2014, Richards started the race and quickly started to move forward before the first Safety Car was called on lap seven, the reigning Carrera Cup champ diving to the pits to install McMillan for the early part of the race.

Rejoining towards the rear of the field, McMillan quickly settled into a rhythm, pumping out a sequence of personal best laps to move back inside the top half of the field, although subsequent stops dropped him down a lap due to the succession of Safety Car periods through the middle stages of the race.

By hour five though, Baird was back behind the wheel and pushing strongly to return to the lead lap and up to seventh, well within reach of the leaders, the multiple Carrera Cup champion handing the car across to Richards to start an assault on the lead, but 24 laps into his stint, Richards was forced to retire from eighth place with gearbox failure.

“It was going perfectly to plan,” Richards admitted with frustration. “It’s hard to know what may have happened, but everything we’d worked our strategy on was falling into place. Justin’s stints were over, Bairdo put us onto the tail of the leaders, and we were strong, but coming out of turn one to start lap 130, I pulled from second to third, and we lost all drive.

“I don’t know what happened, but that was it, game over.

“I’ve had disappointment at Bathurst before, but this one was frustrating because we felt we were in with a shot. We didn’t have the outright pace of the Nissan or the lead Audi, but we would have finished on the lead lap - no question - and from there, who knows what might have happened.”

“It’s certainly frustrating, but apart from finish, we did everything we set out to do,” McMillan added. “The car was almost faultless, the driver lineup worked well, I was quicker than I’ve ever been at Bathurst, and we were right where we wanted to be.

“We don’t know exactly what happened yet, because the car is still on the way back to Melbourne, but the gearbox was serviced just before Bathurst because of the rigours of a 12-Hour endurance race, and it’s not something we’ve ever experienced before, but that - as they tell me - is motor racing!”

For the M-Motorsport/Interlloy team, things now ‘step up’ a gear, with the introduction of the new Camaro GT3 which they will campaign at the season opening Australian GT round in Adelaide in three weeks time.

“Our new car arrives in Melbourne this week, and we’ll do a shake-down at Phillip island and Winton to have it ready for Clipsal,” McMillan confirmed.

The Adelaide event will also see the M-Motorsport Lamborghini sport new colours, with Queenslander John Magro taking over the reigns for the forthcoming season, whilst McMillan will be joined by former Formula One driver - and Reiter Engineering factory driver - Tomas Enge for the Clipsal event.

“It’s going to be a busy three weeks,” McMillan agreed, “but the team has geared up for it, there’s some Reiter Engineering engineers and technicians coming out to assist us at Clipsal, and we have three cars [including the DPM Motorsport Camaro of Dale Patterson] almost ready to go, so I think we’ll be pretty right by the time the truck leaves the factory for Adelaide in a fortnight’s time. Wish us luck!”

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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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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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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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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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