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F1 comes to 2016 Phillip Island Classic FOM

  • Famous ex-Graham Hill/Jackie Stewart F1 BRM
  • Ex-Alan Jones Williams FW06 in first Australian race
  • Up to 30 Formula 5000s competing

Two famous Formula 1 cars with unique Australian connections will be coming ‘home’ from the UK for the 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 11-13 – thanks to their current enthusiastic UK owners, Andrew and Margaret Wareing.
From the 1960s comes the works 1.5 litre BRM P261-5 that was raced by Graham Hill, Ritchie Ginther and Jackie Stewart in Formula 1 from 1964.
Later, factory-fitted with a larger 2.0-litre V8 engine, the same car contested the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Tasman Championship in Australia and New Zealand with Stewart and Richard Attwood.
Driven by Graham Hill, the car’s best F1 result was second in the 1964 French Grand Prix, while in 1966 it scored five race victories in the 1966 Tasman Series, with Stewart taking four of its race wins to clinch the eight-race Australian-New Zealand Championship.
Following its F1 era, P261-5 was fitted with a 3.0-litre BRM V12 engine and driven in non-Championship races in 1968/69 by David Hobbs, Tony Dean and Charles Lucas.

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Mercedes-Benz Provides Official Safety Car for 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

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Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz will proudly return to Mt Panorama from 4 – 7 February to provide the Official Safety Car for the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The Safety Car, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan, is expected to make several appearances on the iconic roads of Australia’s most revered and intimidating circuit.

“Mercedes-Benz has a proud heritage at Mount Panorama and we’re excited to bring a strong presence back to the Bathurst 12 Hour” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “We’re thrilled to showcase the performance and safety of our vehicles at such an iconic event, and feel honoured to continue our provision of the Official Safety Car.”

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Jim Richards on track for BMW birthday celebrations at 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

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Australia’s most versatile and most decorated racing driver – seven times Bathurst and eight time Targa Tasmania winner, former NASCAR, GT and TCM champion Jim Richards – will be Patron on the 27th Phillip Island Festival of Motorsport from 11-13 March 2016.
The popular expatriate New Zealander, who has called Australia ‘home’ for more than 40 years, will mark the occasion in company with the Team JPS BMWs that brought him the first two of his four Australian Touring Car Championships in 1985 and 1987.
Significantly, Richards’ Patronage coincides with BMW’s 100th Birthday celebrations worldwide, which will kick off in Australia at the Phillip Island Classic with a major display of old and new road and racing models by the BMW Car Club of Victoria.
Richards will race an ex-Team JPS BMW 635 coupe now owned by New Zealand enthusiast Peter Sturgeon in the Group C & A races at the Phillip Island Classic. The BMW has been painstakingly restored to the same Group C spec that Richards raced it in 1983 and 1984.
Richards will also bring his own ex-Team JPS BMW M3 to the meeting – a car he drove in the early rounds of the 1987 ATCC on his way to win his second title – while Shannons may also display the ex-Neville Crichton BMW 635 JPS Team car that Richards also owns, but never actually raced it in the period. Continue reading Jim Richards on track for BMW birthday celebrations at 2016 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport

BMW Group Australia announces 2016 Australian GT Championship assault

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BMW Group Australia has confirmed the company will enter the Australian GT Championship in 2016, fielding its newly developed BMW M6 GT3 performance car in the prestigious series.
The racing version of the renowned BMW M6 coupe, the M6 GT3 was unveiled at the IAA Cars 2015 in September and has attracted interest from private teams in a host of championships and renowned race events around the world – and now it’s headed to Australia.
Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia, is the architect of the brand’s plan to return to the popular local GT Series.
“It’s a well known fact that Australians love performance vehicles, and the BMW Group designs and produces some of the world’s best performance vehicles – it’s in our DNA.
“Vehicles such as our remarkable BMW M6 GT3 are born to race, so why wouldn’t we go racing? It makes perfect sense – it’s part of our brand’s performance heritage,” Werner said.
“We definitely have an exciting 2016 motorsport season ahead of us. For one thing, BMW will be 100 years old, and that obviously gives us extra motivation to present the brand with as much success as possible to mark its anniversary. Plus, after many months of intense testing, we can’t wait to finally see the BMW M6 GT3s make their race debuts in Australia. Continue reading BMW Group Australia announces 2016 Australian GT Championship assault

Triple podium for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo at Phillip Island

Scott McLaughlin claimed a triple podium finish for Volvo Polestar Racing at the Phillip Island Super Sprint.

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”It has been an awesome weekend. Our pace has been great and this is really something for us to build on ahead of 2016,” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin qualified on pole position for the second race and was entangled in a fight for the lead in all three races with Red Bull Racing team mates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

The first race saw the Kiwi young-gun take third position, behind Lowndes and Whincup. In race two McLaughlin took second place in the Volvo S60 crossing the line just 1.3 seconds behind reigning champion Whincup.

McLaughlin started from fourth position on the grid for the final race. Making a strong start he claimed the lead not long into the race putting the Volvo eight seconds clear of Lowndes Red Bull Holden. A delay in the final pit stop however saw him dropping one place to Lowndes, taking the chequered flag just two seconds behind the triple eight car. Continue reading Triple podium for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo at Phillip Island

Audi Sport customer racing driver Christopher Mies claims the 2015 Australian GT driver’s Championship

  • Christopher Mies gives Jamec PEM Racing reason to cheer at finale
  • Trophy class title for Audi drivers Taylor/Mawer

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A successful weekend in New Zealand rounded off an excellent 2015 for Audi Sport customer racing team Jamec PEM Racing. Thanks to its driver Christopher Mies, the Australian team won the drivers’ title in the domestic GT championship. Overall victory in the Trophy class also went to Audi.

Nine from nine possible top-ten positions including three victories – following a consistently strong season, it was Christopher Mies who travelled as Australian GT Championship leader to the finale at the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand. In the first race, the German, who shared an Audi R8 LMS ultra fielded by Jamec PEM Racing with Ryan Millier, wrapped up the title at the first opportunity after taking fourth place. Continue reading Audi Sport customer racing driver Christopher Mies claims the 2015 Australian GT driver’s Championship