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May 4, 2021 | General

Strong GT field set for sprint blast around The Bend

Top-level GT sportscars will make a popular return to The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend, competing in Round 3 of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS.

Nineteen cars will take to the 4.95km circuit layout, with a strong contingent of internationally renowned cars steered by a mix of professional and amateur racers around a track that, quiet simply, was built for these GT3 cars.

Headlining the field is Pro/Am leaders Garth Tander and Yasser Shahin in their Audi R8 LMS Evo. 

The pair dominated the opening round at Phillip Island, and took another race win at the recent round at Bathurst that ensures the pair a comfortable lead in the four round sprint championship.

Tander and Shahin, along with a number of other GT competitors, enjoyed a test at The Bend’s world-class facility recently, putting them in a better position come the start of the three-day race weekend.

While Tander and Shahin are the runaway leaders, the Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes Benz will have the Audi pair in its sights. Prince Jefri Ibrahim will be joined by Broc Feeney in the silver #888 – his third different team-mate in as many rounds. Feeney has been brought in to replace Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen who both have their regular duties in the Supercars Championship to focus on.

Another Supercars driver unable to race is Chaz Mostert, who will be replaced by TCR Australia regular Dylan O’Keeffe alongside Tony Bates in the Bostik Audi. 

Mostert and Bates have been a model of consistency so far, with the pair currently equal third on points. O’Keeffe’s strong experience in GT will put Bates in good stead to continue to put the heat on Tander/Shahin and Ibrahim.

In the Amateur class, Tony Quinn has been the man to catch in his Local Legends Aston Martin Vantage. The veteran racer was undefeated at the recent round at Mount Panorama and currently holds a strong 27 point advantage over Andrew MacPherson and Ben Borter’s shared Lamborghini Huracan.

In the GT Trophy Series, the battle is hotly-contested with Brad Schumacher’s Audi and Brett Hobson’s Nissan separated by just 13 points.

The GT field will practice and qualify on Friday, followed by two one hour races both on Saturday and Sunday.

Round 3, Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS entry list, The Bend

Entry Type

Car #

Division

Sponsor

Driver 1

Driver 2

Car Make

Car Model

Champ

3

Am

OK Communication

Eric Constantinidis

Audi

R8 LMS Evo

Champ

7

Am

Local Legends

Tony Quinn

Aston Martin

Vantage GT3 2019

Champ

51

Am

Imak Kwikmit

Andrew Macpherson

Ben Porter

Lamborghini

Huracan

Champ

67

Am

Forum Group

Bill Papas

Audi

R8 LMS Evo

Champ

91

Am

Canon Foods

Arthur Abrahams

Audi

R8 LMS Evo

Champ

4

Pro/Am

Grove Group / Dasher  + Fisher Gin

Stephen Grove

Brenton Grove

Porsche

GT3-R 911-II

Champ

24

Pro/Am

Bostik Racing – AFS Logistics

Tony Bates

Dylan O’Keefe

Audi

R8 LMS Evo

Champ

777

Pro/Am

The Bend Motorsport Park / Valvoline

Yasser Shahin

Garth Tander

Audi

R8 LMS Evo

Champ

888

Pro/Am

Triple Eight Race Engineering – JMR

Prince Jefri Ibrahim

Brock Feeney

Mercedes

AMG GT3

Trophy

5

Am

Arris Property Developments

Greg Taylor

Audi

R8 LMS Ultra

Trophy

17

Am

What do you Meme?

Mark Rosser

Audi

R8 LMS

Trophy

23

Am

K.F.C.

Matt Stoupas

Audi

R8 LMS

Trophy

33

Am

Perfect Auto Body

Vince Muriti

Mercedes

AMG-GT3

Trophy

38

Am

Trading Garage / The Motorists

Michael Bailey

Aston Martin

Vantage GT3 2014

Trophy

55

Am

Schumacher Motorsport / Kelso Electrical

Brad Schumacher

Audi

R8 LMS Ultra

Trophy

77

Am

Forum

Vince Tesoriero

Audi

R8 LMS Ultra

Trophy

96

Am

Hobson Motorsport

Brett Hobson

Nissan

Nismo GT3

Trophy

99

Am

Industrie

Nick Kelly

Mercedes

AMG-GT3

Trophy

124

Am

K.F.C.

Gary Higgon

Paul Stokell

Audi

R8 LMS