13 MAY, 2016 - PRESS RELEASE - STORY BY PLM:
JAKE FOURACRE ANNOUNCES AUS GT DRIVE WITH MPC IN AUDI R8 LMS Ultra GT3
Australian driver Jake Fouracre has announced he will make his debut in the Australian GT Championships series at Phillip Island on 27 May 2016 in the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3.
The event will be the first in the series for Fouracre, who will now compete across the whole GT Endurance championship as well as selected sprint rounds.
"I am certainly very excited and even a little nervous, but more excited about making the debut' he said.
Fouracre will drive alongside Liam Talbot.
The move into the Australian GT series comes after the Melbourne driver tasted strong success at Phillip Island previously with the MPC squad, dominating the 2015 Island Magic event, in a Dodge Viper GT3. Fouracre claimed pole, the fastest lap of the race and won the event by the length of the straight.
"There is no doubt Aus GT is a step up in class and the car is a weapon but I am fully ready, mentally and physically. The Audi is simply awesome to drive - everything just works', he said.
The announcement also follows Fouracre's signing with new partner EAT Furniture. "It's great to have EAT Furniture come on board as a partner and I am sure we will put on a good show to thank them for their support. I have a long relationship with the company and I am excited to be finally able to show them what we can do".
The CAMS Australian Endurance Championship was created in 2016 as a result of the on-going growth of GT racing in Australia. The AEC will be contested over four rounds of which 2 are in New Zealand.
The AEC races will each have two timed compulsory pit stops and each car will have two drivers.
Vehicles eligible for the AEC are restricted to the current specification GT3 cars which are the same as vehicles which compete in worldwide GT3 racing.
The final two rounds of the 2016 AEC will be held in New Zealand. These rounds will include several NZ teams and it is hoped that more NZ teams will join in the Australian GT3 racing events in 2017 and beyond. The Hampton Downs round of the AEC will be the largest motorsport event ever held in New Zealand.
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