V8 drivers back new Australian GT series
V8 Supercars motorists have thrown their support behind ideas to enlarge the Australian GT Championship to add more 2-motorist endurance races next time.
Among the suggestions on the table for next time is a Blancpain Collection-inspired split up tournament, with a-one-hour sprint races counting towards a 'Sprint' title, and three-hour, 2-driver races like last weekend's Phillip Island 101 counting towards an 'Endurance' title.
The theory of more 2-motorist races has piqued the curiosity of several V-8 Supercars stars, who'd possibly possess the capacity to dovetail a GT push with their V-8 Super Cars obligations.
Last Saturday's 101-lap race saw three V8 Supercars motorists take component, with James Moffat sharing a Ford GT with Kevin Months, Garth Tander driving along with AGTC manager Tony Quinn in a McLaren, and Andre Heimgartner sharing a Porsche with Simon Ellinghham.
Motorists fantastic for more GT miles
The concept of having the ability to to perform a GT programme parallel into a V8 Super-Cars 'day job' is one that's a lot of help from V-8 motorists.
"The more vehicles we are able to drive along side the V8 Super-Cars, the better," LD Motor Sport Nick Percat informed Motorsport.com.
"It is great for us, plus it retains your mind turning over. It's possible for you to keep learning through new auto setups, new doctrines, diverse groups - it makes you a much better driver. It is refreshing."
Walkinshaw Racing's Tim Slade, who shared a Porsche with Adrian Mastronadro at Phillip Island in the Carrera Cup Pro Am, concurred a double programme works nicely for V8 motorists.
"This variety of things mightn't be everyone's cup of tea, in terms of the V 8 motorists go, but also for me I love racing, and I Had love to be racing some thing every week end," he stated.
"There are clearly just small affairs that you can do, and small chances. I have completed a few GT races with Erebus in the SLS, and that I adore driving the vehicles, and that I really like the stamina type of racing.
"So it might be something I want to do, I Had have to tee something up with somebody. And when it had been in some thing aggressive, that will be a bonus."
Focus stays on V8
Naturally, any double programmes would need some cooperation using the V8 Supercars teams, with Volvo's Scott McLaughlin and Nissan's James Moffat equally telling Motorsport.com that they had adore to do more GT racing, although not in the expense of the main occupation.
"Clearly the path that Tony Quinn is looking to consider the sequence is favorable," mentioned Moffat.
"The longer races are satisfied to these fashion of automobiles, and for me, while my 1st priority is nevertheless V-8 Super-Cars and Nissan Motor Sport, if there is a chance to do more of the kind of racing, I am eager to investigate it."
"Sure, it is great to make a move else," added McLaughlin, who like Slade was participating in the Porsche Pro Am at The Isle.
"Being behind the wheel is definitely wonderful. But I Have got to do the correct thing by my profession, and my staff at the same time.
"At the close of the day I am really fortunate that Volvo enabled me to do that, but I Have got to be aware of my employment and what pays my expenses. It was amazing, and I Had adore to do more of it, but it must work for many celebrations.
"But it was lots of entertaining. It brought me straight back to ground a little. It is pure racing." Read Source
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