Erebus young guns keen to take on Phillip Island endurance round

Erebus Motorsport GT will field young guns Richard Muscat and co-driver Jack Le Brocq at this weekend’s 101-lap Phillip Island endurance round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli.

At just 21 years of age, Erebus Academy drivers Muscat and Le Brocq have achieved significant success driving the Erebus Motorsport GT SLS AMG GT3, with Muscat currently leading the Australian GT Championship after dominating Round 1 at Sandown in March, which included a storming win in Race 1 from the back of the grid.

Le Brocq has driven the car on several occasions and was most recently part of the trio of drivers that scored a podium finish at the Bathurst 12-Hour event in February this year.

Having tested the car at Phillip Island but not having driven the car there in race trim, Muscat is looking forward to finally driving the car at the Victorian track in anger this weekend.

“I tested the car at Phillip Island a few times earlier this year including shaking down the car before the Bathurst 12-Hour event,” said Muscat.

“It’s an amazing car to drive in general, but especially so at the fast flowing Phillip Island track.

“With the endurance co-drivers taking part this weekend, I am also really keen to race against drivers like Craig Baird who is has a strong reputation in GT racing, and some of the other well-credentialed V8 Supercar drivers.”

As an Erebus Academy driver like Muscat, Le Brocq appreciates that opportunities like this arise from his role with the Academy, which also includes helping out fellow Academy members when required.

“At Round 1 at Sandown, I was there helping out Richard and the Erebus Motorsport GT team in whatever way I could over the weekend, but I’m itching to get back into the driver’s seat this time,'' he said.

“It will also be great to have both (Team Owner) Betty and (Team Principal) Daniel (Klimenko) at Philip Island this weekend. 

“They really make the atmosphere great throughout the team with their positive attitudes and their love for the sport.”

In his role as Erebus General Manager – Motorsport, Barry Ryan oversees the Erebus Motorsport GT team, and also has great involvement in the Erebus Academy program.

“I am looking forward to seeing Jack and Richard display why we believe they are two of the best up and coming talents in this country,” said Ryan.

“We have already seen how well they gel and work together in certain environments, and it will be exciting to see how they work together as a driving team.”

FAST FACTS - PHILLIP ISLAND ENDURANCE RACE

- The 101-lap race at Phillip Island, which will run over about 3 hours, will comprise a minimum of 2 compulsory pit stops during Saturday’s race.

- In addition to this, extra time will be added to the two compulsory pit stops based on where they qualify on Saturday morning. 

- Neither Master, nor Pro, is allowed to drive more than 55% of the 101-lap race distance, meaning neither driver can exceed 55 laps.

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AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Friday, May 23, 2014
Practice 1: 9:40 – 10:00am
Practice 2: 11:20 – 11:40am
Practice 3: 1:10 – 1:40pm

Saturday, May 24
Qualifying: 11:05 – 11:30am
Race: 2:05pm (101 laps)
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About Richard Muscat (DOB 09/07/1992)
• 2013 Shannons Driver of the Year
• 2013 Jim Richards Endurance Champion
• 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Champion
• 2012 Porsche 944 Challenge Champion
• 2011 Victorian State Closed Champion in Leopard Light
• 2010 Senior Karter of the year (VKA)
Richard enjoys the support of Genis Steel, Archiclad, Wilsons Security, Corplex, and Muscrete Constructions.

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Australian GT Championship Standings (after Round 1)
1 #36 Richard Muscat AMG SLS GT3 100 points
2 #88 Peter Edwards Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 85 points
3 #88 John Bowe Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 85 points
4 #1 Klark Quinn Porsche GT3-R 83 points
5 #47 James Koundouris Porsche GT3-R 60 points
6 #47 Steven Owen Porsche GT3-R 60 points
7 #7 Tony Quinn Aston Martin 37 points
8 #48 Justin McMillan Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 35 points
9 #48 Steve Richards Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 35 points
10 #29 Jim Manolios Corvette ZO6 GT3R 4 points

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