Shane van Gisbergen has been given the all-clear to compete in Round 2 of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, this weekend.
The 31-year-old New Zealander is currently in the form of his life, winning the opening five races of the Supercars Championship, the last three coming while battling a broken collarbone from a mountain bike mishap.
Van Gisbergen will team-up with Prince Jefri Ibrahim in Triple Eight’s Mercedes Benz AMG GT3 amongst a field of 18 GT3 cars for the second round of the national championship where Ibrahim and stand-in professional driver Jamie Whincup steered the team’s Mercedes to second outright in the opening round at Phillip Island.
That field will be looking to get back onto terms with double victors Garth Tander and Yasser Shahin who won both races in their The Bend Motorsport Park-backed Audi R8.
Tander and Shahin were the best of the competitive field at The Island, claiming both race wins and currently lead the Pro/Am class with a healthy 17 points championship lead over the Triple Eight Mercedes.
While the majority of the entrants in all classes have remained unchanged from Phillip Island, one new addition in the Pro/Am ranks is Carrera Cup regular David Wall who joins Adrian Deitz in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.
Heading the GT Trophy Series class is Brett Hobson in his Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 after an exceptional effort at Phillip Island. He finished third and first in class at the opening round, and will be aiming to stay ahead of his rivals.
One of those rivals looking for cleaner run will be local Bathurst driver Brad Schumacher. The Audi debutant took victory on the GT Trophy class in the opening race, only to come off the track in the closing stages of Race 2 at Phillip Island, costing him a class victory.
In the GT Am class Arthur Abrahams (Audi) and Tony Quinn (Aston Martin) are on equal points.
The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS will feature two one hour races this weekend, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
Shane van Gisbergen
“I’m really excited to get back into our GT car,” said van Gisbergen.
“Unfortunately I missed the first round in Phillip Island, but any time you get to drives laps around Bathurst is awesome, especially in a GT car which is always cool. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ve been working a fair bit with Iman (Prince Jefri), especially on the simulator and track days at Norwell Motorplex, and even did some races with other cars on track so he can got a feel for everything.
“There’s nothing you can do to prepare yourself for Bathurst other than race laps, which is going to be the hardest thing.”
Bathurst Entry List
7 Champ Am Tony Quinn Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2019
9 Champ Am Marc Cini Audi R8 LMS Evo
51 Champ Am Andrew Macpherson/ Ben Porter Lamborghini Huracan
91 Champ Am Arthur Abrahams Audi R8 LMS Evo
4 Champ Pro/Am Stephen Grove/ Brenton Grove Porsche GT3-R 911-II
6 Champ Pro/Am Adrian Deitz/ David Wall Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
24 Champ Pro/Am Tony Bates/ Chaz Mostert Audi R8 LMS Evo
777 Champ Pro/Am Yasser Shahin/ Garth Tander Audi R8 LMS Evo
888 Champ Pro/Am Prince Jefri Ibrahim/ Shane van Gisbergen Mercedes AMG GT3
19 GT4 Am Mark Griffith Mercedes AMG GT4
5 Trophy Am Greg Taylor Audi R8 LMS Ultra
23 Trophy Am Matt Stoupas Audi R8 LMS
33 Trophy Am Vince Muriti Mercedes AMG-GT3
38 Trophy Am Michael Bailey Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2014
55 Trophy Am Brad Schumacher Audi R8 LMS Ultra
96 Trophy Am Brett Hobson Nissan GTR Nismo GT3
99 Trophy Am Nick Kelly Mercedes AMG-GT3
124 Trophy Am Gary Higgon/ Paul Stokell Audi R8 LMS