Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

The Australian GT Championship will kick off its season with a 27-car grid as both Audi and McLaren enter factory drivers for the Clipsal 500 weekend.

After Christopher Mies spearheaded Audi’s attack down under for the last two seasons, his factory slot will be taken up by Kelvin van der Linde in Adelaide next week. The 20-year-old will join Geoff Emery – who returns after injuring himself in a crash in Western Australia last season – in the #74 Jamec Pem Audi.

“I am extremely excited to join Jamec Pem for the 2017 season. It has always been on my bucket-list to go an race down under. We go to a lot of great race tracks and street circuits, which will add to the challenge. We will be sharing most race weekends with the V8 Supercars and will join the opening round of the Formula 1 in Melbourne, which is super exciting for me.”

McLaren, meanwhile, has drafted in Blancpain Endurance champion Come Ledogar for Clipsal, the Frenchman reuniting with Tekno Autosports to join Fraser Ross behind the wheel.

Scott Taylor Motorsport will field two Mercedes AMGs, one for Craig Baird and Scott Taylor, and another from Max Twigg, who joins the Mercedes fold after racing a BMW last season.

Twigg will be replaced in the BMW Team SRM entry by James Bergmuller, the Carrera Cup regular making the switch to Australian GT to join Steve Richards in the factory-backed M6.

Tony Bates and Tony Quinn will both race Aston Martins, Bates in a Miedecke Stone car and Quinn in a Darrell Lea car, while Bentley will return to Australian GT with John Bowe and Melinda Price sharing the Heretic Autosport car.

Walkinshaw has also made a change in its line-up, with Liam Talbot to race its Porsche in Adelaide.

Australian GT – Round 1 entry list

3Bondi WholefoodsAudi R8 LMSAsh Samadi
4McElrea RacingLamborghini R-EXTim Miles/Jaxon Evans
5GT MotorsportAudi R8 LMSGreg Taylor/Nathan Antunes
7Darrell LeaAston Martin Vantage V12Tony Quinn
8Scott Taylor MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3Max Twigg
9Hallmarc ConstrictiosAudi R8 LMSMarc Cini
11Objective RacingMcLaren 650S GT3Tony Walls
14Peter MajorLamborghini R-EXPeter Major
18Heretic AutosportBentley Continental GT3John Bowe/Melinda Price
19Hogs Breath Café/Griffith CorporationMercedes-AMG GT3Mark Griffith
23JBS AustraliaLamborghini R-EXRoger Lago/David Russell
24Miedecke Stone MotorsportAston Martin Vantage V12Tony Bates
29Pirelli/Trofeo MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3Jim Manolios/Dean Canto
44Supabarn SupermarketsAudi R8 LMSJames Koundouris/Ash Walsh
48Interlloy M MotorsportLamborghini R-EXJustin McMillan/Glen Wood
51AMAC MotorsportPorsche 997 GT3-RAndrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels
59Tekno AutosportsMcLaren 650S GT3Fraser Ross/Come Ledogar
73Triffid.Bar.VenueLamborghini R-EXMichael Hovey
74Jamec Pem RacingAudi R8 LMSGeoff Emery/Kelvin van der Linde
75Jamec Pem RacingAudi R8 LMSSteve McLaughlan
100BMW Team SRMBMW M6 GT3Steve Richards/James Bergmuller
222Scott Taylor MotorsportMercedes-AMG GT3Scott Taylor/Craig Baird
777The Bend Motorsport ParkLamborghini R-EXYasser Shahin
911Walkinshaw GT3Porsche 911 GT3-RLiam Talbot
15Veloce Motorsport – ULX110Porsche GT3 Cup CarKeith Wong/Michael Almond
68Michael O’DonnellPorsche GT3 Cup CarMichael O’Donnell
69Koala MotorsportLamborghini R-EXBrenton Griguol/Tim Macrow



1 thought on “Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide”

  • Hi Kelvin i wish you all the best for the 2017 season. Be blessed and GOD speed for 2017.
    Will you be racing in Australia all season or do you also do some races in ADAC GT Master series in Europe / Germany.

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