Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia announce factory drivers
A mix of factory aces and local stars have completed the Audi line-up for this year’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.
As confirmed yesterday, Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS regulars Brad Schumacher and Yasser Shahin will drive each of the Audi Sport Team Valvoline entries, while Tony Bates will field his C-Tech Laser R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.
Audi Sport’s factory FIA WTCR driver Nathanael Berthon, Ricardo Feller, plus previous visitors Kelvin van der Linde and Markus Winkelhock will split the entries fielded by Audi Sport Team Valvoline.
Bates on the other hand will have two gun locals in the form of new Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS co-driver David Reynolds and Supercars race winner Cameron Waters.
“In 2011, we were a pioneer at the Bathurst 12 Hour as the first GT3 entrant,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport Customer Racing.
“In the meantime, many international brands have followed us and thus contributed to the event’s rise to one of the world’s most important GT3 endurance races. With three victories at Bathurst, Audi is the most successful manufacturer in the GT3 era.
“Now, against the backdrop of Pro-Am regulations, we’re facing a new challenge just like our rivals.”
These entries are in addition to the Audi teams already confirmed for this year’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour, which not only doubles as a round of the globally recognised Intercontinental GT Challenge, but also an endurance component of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS.
Audi enters with the event with a strong line-up as it endeavours to extend its lead in the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The next round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS is the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour to be held on May 13-15.