Lites: Tom Drewer - Australia news 2008-12-05

Newly crowned Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy and 2008 American IMSA Lites L2 Champion Tom Drewer celebrated their respective wins at Calder Park this week, participating in a Drive Day for the Australian Grand Prix. Mark Eddy was celebrating...

Newly crowned Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy and 2008 American IMSA Lites L2 Champion Tom Drewer celebrated their respective wins at Calder Park this week, participating in a Drive Day for the Australian Grand Prix.

Mark Eddy was celebrating his first Australian GT Championship title after the final round at Sandown last weekend, and offered his Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 for Drewer to test after the young Aussie driver had attended the Sandown event, fresh from arriving back from Atlanta, Georgia.

"I was delighted to be able to congratulate Mark on his Championship win. It was fantastic to be at the event on the weekend and see him take the trophy", Drewer said.

It was great to be invited by Australian GT to attend the event and the Awards dinner at the Royal Melbourne Hotel, and to see some familiar faces from the Australian racing community. It was also an opportunity to meet and personally thank John Trimble for all his support this year through the Daily Planet and Showgirls Bar 20.

I couldn't have achieved my American Championship without him.

Mark decided that we should both celebrate our Championship wins and offered me a short test in his GT3 Lamborghini. It was a fantastic opportunity to get behind the wheel of a GT car before I head back to America.

I am very keen to try and fit in some GT drives into my program for next year and see GT1 and GT2 in the American Le Mans Series as a great stepping stone from IMSA Lites to Le Mans Prototypes.

Like the WEST I have been driving in the USA, the Lamborghini has a semi automatic paddle shift, but with an automatic downblip. I was extremely impressed by the grip levels, down force and of course the V10 power.

It was my first time driving a racing car with ABS and I must say that is an interesting feeling - even a little unnerving until you get used to it.

I must say a big thanks to Mark Eddy and Australian GT for giving me this opportunity."

-credit: tomdrewer.com

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Mark Eddy , Tom Drewer