Home Town Heroes: 14 of the 25 drivers entered in next weekend's field hail from Victoria, notable contenders including Ferrari 360 GT Driver Ted Huglin, who at (approximately) 69 years of age is one of the oldest drivers currently competition in...
Home Town Heroes: 14 of the 25 drivers entered in next weekend's field hail from Victoria, notable contenders including Ferrari 360 GT Driver Ted Huglin, who at (approximately) 69 years of age is one of the oldest drivers currently competition in Australian Motorsport. Age hasn't slowed Ted, though, competing fiercely against drivers that could be grandchildren! Huglin, driving the only GT Specification Ferrari in the field, presently sits 6th in the GT Championship standings with 154 points to his name.
Leading contenders Mark Eddy, John Kaias and D'arcy Russell also hail from Victoria, whilst South Australia, West Australia, Queensland and New South Wales are also represented in the 25 car field.
Hackett -- the busiest driver in Australian Motorsport? For the last two rounds of the Speed Energy Drink Australian GT Championship, point's leader Peter Hackett has been doing double duty -- swapping between his $600,000 Lamborghini Diablo GTR and a 'wings and slicks' Formula 4000 open wheeler. Hackett, a former Australian Formula 3 champion, has firmly established his incredible range of driving ability this season by taking all before him in both classes -- last time out at Eastern Creek saw the Advanced Driver Instructor from Sydney win all three GT races and both of the F4000 encounters.
Washington -- the second busiest? It's not just Peter Hackett doing double duties this year -- season long contender Bryce Washington is also competition in two categories, although not on the same event programme like Hackett. The young South Australian drives a similar ADRAD sponsored car to his GT / Porsche drivers challenge machine in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship, where he currently sits 11th on 207 points. As a testament to his support of the fledgling series', Washington elected to miss the recent Queensland Carrera Cup round to concentrate on beating Hackett at Eastern Creek on the same weekend. He came very close, too, rewarding his decision.
Marque - ing Up: The addition of D'arcy Russell's Viper into the field means that the Phillip Island field will feature a season high representation from six different manufacturers, Chrysler's Viper joining Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Honda and Ford in what is expected to be the biggest and most competitive field yet seen this year -- a field that is comprised of approximately 12 different models of cars.
Of the manufacturers, Lamborghini and Porsche both officially support the series -- Lamborghini via the Team Lamborghini Australia entry of Peter Hackett, and Porsche via their support of the Australian Porsche Driver's Challenge.