As you may have heard, January 26 was Australia Day and this Sunday is the equally patriotic 12 Hours of Bathurst. To celebrate these two facts, team Jamec Pem Racing has decked its two Audi R8s in the Aussie colors.
The Audis will be racing at Bathurst for the first leg of the Intercontinental GT Challenge on Sunday, February 5. Team Jamec Pem Racing will race along five other teams fielding an Audi R8. In all, there will be 56 cars competing for the win at this historic circuit, high on Mount Panorama.
“Audi is one of the best established brands in GT racing in Australia,” says Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Together with out customers, we intend to battle for overall victory and other successes at Bathurst again this year.”
Last season, Audis were on top of the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, and so Audi goes into this season looking to defend its championship. Fortunately, Bathurst has historically been good to Audi. The brand won overall victories at the track in 2011 and 2012, and is still the only manufacturer to win back to back victories at the track since it started hosting the 12 Hour GT race.
The best chance of winning overall goes to the two Jamec Pem Racing cars, the only two R8s entered in the GT3 Pro class. Car 75 will be driven by Robin Frijns, Frank Stippler, and Markus Winkelhock. Car 74 will be driven by Christopher Haase, Christopher Mies, and Australia’s Garth Tander, who has won the Bathurst 1000 touring car race three times.