Melbourne’s M-Motorsport have expanded their operations ahead of the third event on the 2018 CAMS Australian GT calendar, the Reiter Engineering supported team fielding a new-look driver lineup with the addition of two new faces..
Justin McMillan has stepped down from driving duties after a fantastic run at The Bend Motorsport Park, where he and team-mate Glen Wood claimed the top spot and McMillan the GT4 championship points lead in the mighty Interlloy KTM X-Bow GT4, the M-Motorsport team-boss explaining that work commitments and strong interest in the new GT4 category prompted the move.
McMillan’s seat will be taken on by new GT recruit Vince Tesoriero who will bring the support of Forum Group with him for his GT4 debut, whilst former Australian GT Trophy champion Dean Koutsoumidis will make a welcome return to the championship in a Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX GT3 alongside former race winner (in a Reiter-built R-EX), Glen Wood.
The two entries will also be joined by David Crampton and Trent Harrison, the Vantage Freight/QUBE drivers looking to improve on their solid podium performance in South Australia where they emerged fifth in championship points, the pair now in the box seat to go after the championship points lead on a circuit they both know well.
The #50 team goes into Sandown with their South Australian experience behind them, however new M-Motorsport recruit Vince Tesoriero will take over the reigns of the race winning #48 entry for his maiden event in Australian GT, and the life-long race fan couldn’t be happier.
Having strong family ties to motorsport, Tesoriero found himself with an opportunity to test an M-Motorsport KTM through his association with rising open-wheel star Dylan Young, testing the car at Winton Motor Raceway ahead of his Sandown debut.
Whilst he takes over the points-leading GT4 X-Bow, Tesoriero will wear a new look with the support of the Forum Group, the #48 KTM resplendent in their corporate colours, adding another new element to the Australian GT field for the team’s local round.
For Tesoriero Sandown will present his first chance to join the ranks of Australia’s leading GT category, however for fellow Victorian Dean Koutsoumidis, his addition to the #49 M-Motorsport Gallarado R-EX is more of a home-coming, the experienced local driver a past champion in Australian GT in a Gallardo LP520, however in recent years he has been focused on prototype competition around Asia, predominantly in LMP2 and LMP3 equipment.
For Sandown, Koutsoumidis returns to Australian GT alongside M-Motorsport’s resident ‘hot-shot’ Glen Wood, the pair sharing the #49 Exedra Motorsport/JC Classic CAR Restorations R-EX for the three 40-minute races across the weekend.
Ahead of his Australian GT return, Koutsoumidis joined the team at Winton Motor Raceway to get some laps behind the wheel of the R-EX, impressing team-boss Justin McMillan immediately with his pace.
EVENT03 – 2018 CAMS Australian GT Championship
Sandown International Raceway, Victoria [Sprint]
Friday, 11 May
2:25pm – Practice#1 (40-minutes)
Saturday, 12 May
11:50am – Qualifying#1 (20-minutes)
12:20pm – Qualifying#2 (20-minutes)
4:10pm – RACE#1 (40-minutes)
Sunday, 13 May
10:40am – RACE#2 (40-minutes)
3:10pm – RACE#3 (40-minutes)
2018 CAMS Australian GT Championship (GT4 points after round two of six)
1. Justin McMillan (476-points), 2. Jeremy Gray (470), 3. Glen Wood (320), 4. Andrew Miedecke (279), 5. David Crampton/Trent Harrison (244), 6. Xavier West (189), 7. Mark Griffith (163), 8. Harrison Jones (14)
2018 Australian GT Calendar;
EVENT01 – Australian Grand Prix (Albert Park) SPRINT – 22-25 March
EVENT02 – The Bend, South Australia, ENDURANCE – 14-15 April
EVENT03 – Sandown, Victoria, SPRINT – 12-13 May
EVENT04 – Phillip Island, Victoria, ENDURANCE – 2-3 June
EVENT05 – Sydney Motor Sport Park, SPRINT – 4-5 August
EVENT06 – Hampton Downs, NZ, ENDURANCE – 13-14 October