GT4 to bring big field for solo debut

The highly anticipated Monochrome GT4 Australia will finally begin its inaugural standalone season this weekend at the Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island.

A strong field of 19 entrants will contest the historic round, with six manufacturers and an array of Australian stars all locked in for the season opener.

Having shared the grid with the Meguiar’s Australian Production Cars Series last year for its inaugural season, a number of drivers returned to the fold in 2024, including reigning champion Shane Smollen. who has acquired the services of former TCR Australia driver Lachlan Mineeff.

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Behind the wheel of the Method Motorsport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, the duo leads the Pro-Am Cup class, which boasts the Team DNA Racing McLaren Artura GT4 of Josh Buchan and Jason Yu and the Love Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Rob Love and Antonio Astuti.

Love Motorsport has a second AMG GT4 also in the Silver Cup, with Bailey Love and Sam Brabham having the honours of piloting the car in a class stacked with big names.

Some of the more notable drivers include George Miedecke and Rylan Gray in the official Australian debut of the Ford Mustang GT4, Former APC star Jake Camilleri in a Mercedes AMG, Zoe Woods and Daniel Stutterd in the TekworkX Motorsport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and a further two Method Motorsport McLaren Artura GT4s, with Marcos Flack and Tom Hayman in one, and Jesse Bryan and Nathan Morcom in the other.

The AM class boasts the most entries in the category, with nine in total. Headlining the field is Australian motorsport legend John Bowe, who teams up with Jacob Lawrence in the Randall Racing BMW M4 GT4 G82. Randall Racing will have a second BMW, with Peter Lawrence and Jamie Augustine to share driving duties.

There will be plenty of competition in the class too, with the likes of Tony Quinn, Mark Griffith and Tim Leahey all experienced campaigners in the circuit racing, while Tasmanians Ben Newman and Eddie Maguire in the Buckby Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 add plenty of spice to the class.

Ahead of its official solo debut, Category Manager, Troy Williams was excited for what the season would bring.

“GT4 racing globally is booming, and Australia is set to join the party,” Williams said.

“With Monochrome GT4 Australia going standalone this year, and aligning to SRO globally, we are set for a bumper year with a full calendar visiting some of Australia’s most iconic tracks.

“With a strong field set to contest round one of the championships at Phillip Island, competitor interest continues to grow with a number of new cars arriving throughout the year. By midyear we expect to see competitor numbers in the mid 20s.

“With a great mix of drivers, from up and coming talent through to the iconic Australian racing names such as Miedecke, Bowe, and Quinn, there is lots to look forward to this season.

“The appeal of GT4 racing with its aspirational brands, variety of classes and race formats, plus a clear progression path for drivers both geographically and within GT Racing, it’s no wonder Monochrome GT4 Australia is a hot topic of conversation amongst competitors.”

The category will have two one-hour races over the course of its opening weekend, with Saturday’s race to wrap up the day’s proceedings before its second race runs on Sunday morning.

Both races will feature as part of the live and free 7plus broadcast.

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Ford Mustang 60 Years Race Phillip Island takes place at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 12-14 April.