A selection of high-profile entries are rolling in for the Super GT Australia races to be held at Winton Motor Raceway for Round 3 of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) on 16-18 July.
Following the successful 4 Hour under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park in March, the series has again adopted an endurance format, with Winton to feature a pair of one-hour races along with the spectacle of a Top 10 Shootout.
All the on-track activity is condensed into two days, with the Saturday consisting of two 20-minute practice sessions, a 25-minute qualifying session and the Shootout, followed by the pair of 60-minute races on the Sunday. Competitors are also welcome to practice during Friday’s unofficial sessions if they wish.
Porsche has proven to be a popular manufacturer of choice for the Winton round, with an assortment of 911 GT3 Cup cars committing to enter the race meeting.
One of the most decorated drivers on the entry list is experienced GT and sports car racer Dean Koutsoumidis. As well as amassing vast experience in Australian categories, Koutsoumidis has also experienced the thrill of racing an LMP2 car, competing in the Asian Le Mans Series where he finished second in the 2015-16 championship.
At Winton, Koutsoumidis will drive the John Morriss-owned Porsche 991 Mk2 GT3 Cup machine.
Other Porsche pilots on the entry list include Brett Gallagher, who will drive for the Mornington Peninsula-based EuroCars Road and Track outfit, while Ashley Seward Motorsport driver Terry Knowles (991 Mk1) is also set to join the field after some impressive performances in the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge in his rookie racing season.
While all the aforementioned drivers are in Porsche Cup cars, Andrew Macpherson has entered his recently-purchased 911 GT3-R, formerly campaigned in international endurance racing by the decorated Manthey Racing operation.
MARC Cars are also well-represented on the entry list; MARC Cars Australia owner Geoff Taunton has entered a MARC II car as has Adam Hargraves, while South Australian veteran John Goodacre and Queenslander Lachlan Gardner are the two MARC I entrants at this stage, with more likely to follow.
Like all Super GT Australia rounds, the Winton event will be broadcast via a live stream on the dedicated AMRS YouTube Channel, along with the AMRS and Fuzzy Media Facebook pages.
Other categories on the program for Round 3 of the AMRS are TA2 Muscle Cars, Thunder Sports, Australian Formula 3 Championship, Miniature Race Cars and Victorian Sedan Series.