WSR Pleased to Support Erebus Academy Recruit Richard Muscat

Erebus Academy driver Richard Muscat is confident that he will successfully commence his assault on the Australian GT Championship at this week's season opener at Sandown Raceway (March 28-30).

Recent testing at Winton and Phillip Island provided the reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge champion with a chance to get to know the car and experience its handling.

“I was able to get a feel for the car and see how the car likes to be driven,’’ said Muscat

“Both days went really well – we were able to stick to our testing schedule and do everything we needed to do.

“The benefit of testing at both Winton and Phillip Island is that we can gauge the car’s complete performance: the slow corners at Winton, and high speed aero at Phillip Island.’’

In 2012 while racing in the Porsche 944 Challenge, Muscat set the qualifying lap record at Sandown, and outright lap record, which he still holds.

“I really like Sandown as it has a bit of everything – slow corners and high speed sections; the flow of the track suits my style really well,’’ he said.

“The most important corners are turns 4 and 12 – you need to make sure you get good exits out of them to set up for the straights.

“Also entry into the first corner and the turn 2-3 chicane are really important.

“With a lap time of around 1m08s, 1m09s, it’s not a long track, but both Dandenong Road and heading into turn 1 are high aero grip areas so they are crucial too.”

Erebus Motorsport competed in the 2013 AGTC with Craig Baird at Round 2, and fellow Erebus Academy driver Jack Le Brocq at rounds 3 and 4, with both drivers winning the rounds in which they competed.

“Given the recent testing and the car’s achievements last year, we are confident of the performance of the SLS, but it will be interesting to see how we will go against the other marques, and to see which tracks will suit which cars,” said Muscat.

The Erebus Academy driver will be up against some big names in the AGTC this year like John Bowe, Steven Richards, Steve Owen and Klark Quinn.

“It’s pretty cool to be racing against such big names, but when we’re racing, I just see them as another driver,’’ the youngster declared.

“If you want to be one of the best, you have to race against the best.

“It will be great to have them in the series and I hope to learn from them.”

Opening practice of the AGTC will get underway at Sandown at 10:40am on Friday 28th March.

Richard Muscat (DOB 09/07/92)

• 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, Wilson Security, Corplex, and Muscrete Constructions.

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