Porsche recently unveiled the new Cayman 718 GT4 Clubsport at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, with the marque revealing plans to campaign the car in Australian GT and the Bathurst 12 Hour in coming months.
As part of Australian GT’s policy of review and innovation in GT racing, the race format for the final round of the 2019 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship has been modified, along with the introduction of the ‘Sandown GT Cup’ based around the two events to be held at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway [20-22 September and 8-10 November].
This weekend will see Australian GT return to The Bend Motorsport Park for the second round of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship where the battle for the first title of the season will heat up thanks to some exciting additions to the field.
With 7.9 litres of pure American V8 muscle under the hood, the mighty Reiter Engineering-built Chevrolet Camaro is a real head-turner in GT3 guise, and after a couple of seasons of ongoing development, Melbourne engine-tuner Dale Paterson finally has the car in the window, the Trophy Series front-runner fired up to continue that development after an impressive run in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The stunning new McLaren 720S GT3 will make its CAMS Australian GT debut this season and is expected to immediately take the fight to the established teams, following on from the success of the mighty 650S GT3 which claimed multiple AGT victories and the 2016 title.
Australian GT regulars M-Motorsport claimed their maiden Bathurst 12 Hour victory on Mount Panorama, kicking off the 2019 season with a stunning win in the #48 KTM X-Bow GT4 in Class C, team-boss Justin McMillan, regular co-driver Glen Wood and new recruits Dean Lillie and Elliot Barbour crossing the line almost half a lap up on their rivals.
Melbourne’s Trofeo Motorsport will sport a new driver lineup in the #29 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 for the 2019 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the leading Australian team from the 2018 event looking to return to the Pro-Am podium after achieving the feat in 2017, before finishing fourth (and eighth outright) last year.
After stunning the established Australian GT stars on his championship debut at Sydney Motorsport Park mid-season, Victorian teenager Ryan How has confirmed that he is looking to return to the category in 2019, determined to take the fight to the Trophy Series teams and go after a fourth-consecutive title for Audi.
Having developed into one of the leading contenders for the Australian GT Trophy Series in season 2018, Victoria’s Rio Nugara has revealed that he plans to make his full-time debut in the 2019 CAMS Australian GT Championship behind the wheel of a 2019 evolution of the second-generation Audi Sport R8 LMS GT3.
Competitors in the CAMS Australian GT Championship will qualify to gain valuable laps of Bathurst’s iconic Mount Panorama in late 2019, with the recent signing of an arrangement with Challenge Bathurst promoter Yeehah Events to have four dedicated sessions for GT3, GT4 and Trofeo Challenge cars that have competed within the 2019 season.
The 2019 Radical Australia Cup calendar has been unveiled with an exciting six round championship to highlight the eleventh season of the popular one-make prototype Series that just recently saw a change in management along with the signing of a new Category Management Agreement with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.
In Australia, the first EVO - which was an evolution of the Huracan Super Trofeo first introduced in 2015 - will contest it’s own category in both the CAMS Australian GT Sprint and Endurance championships, running on a dedicated DH-compound Pirelli tyre competing for it’s own championship title - but with a twist.
Always a tough circuit mid-year with the unpredictable winter weather, Wakefield Park provided a fantastic challenge for the 15-car field - the biggest of the season to date - for the third round of the GT-1 Australia series where two first-time winners claimed victory, whilst a title challenger - who himself has so far missed a race win - emerged as the round winner.
In 2019, Radical Australia Cup with celebrate it’s eleventh season, an impressive feat for any category, but whilst the popular one-make series will feature the iconic Radical SR3 around which much of the past ten years has been built, it will have a very different look to the series which began for the first time back in 2009.