CAMS Australian GT Championship
The Australian GT Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious motor sport competitions in Australia.
First held in the early 1960s, it was a standalone event won by Australian motor sport legends Leo Geoghegan, Frank Matich and Bob Jane.
Having dropped off the motor sport landscape from the mid-60s, the Australian GT Championship reappeared in the early 1980s.
Former Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones won the 1982 championship at the wheel of a Porsche 935, a feat Rusty French repeated the following year.
Rebooted for 2005, the Australian GT Championship took on the flavour it has to this day.
Growing from the Nations Cup, Bryce Washington won the 2005 championship in a Porsche 911, with Greg Crick taking the 2006 title in a Dodge Viper.
The move to GT3 regulations, an international style of racing which has boomed in recent years, has seen strong growth in the category in recent years.
The series has welcomed an influx of cars from the world’s leading autmotive manufacturers, Audi, Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW and others, swelling its grids to capacity.
Competition is carefully managed with a Balance of Performance ensuring all cars compete on an equal playing field, creating a unique blend of competition with front, rear and mid engined designs racing door to door.
The mix of professional and amateur drivers are also carefully managed, with each driver graded based on their experience in a racing car.
Giving every driver a chance to compete, compulsory pit stop times based on a combination of the car’s qualifying position and the driver’s grading inject mid-race excitement, leading to nail-biting racing throughout the 60-minute encounters.
Racing on the Shannons Nationals calendar, the championship will also be combined with three rounds of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship in 2018.
Round 1: 22-25 March, Australian Grand Prix (Sprint)
Round 2: 14-15 April, The Bend (Endurance)
Round 3: 12-13 May, Sandown (Sprint)
Round 4: 2-3 June, Phillip Island (Endurance)
Round 5: 4-5 August, Sydney Motorsport Park (Sprint)
Round 6: 13-14 October, Hampton Downs NZ (Endurance)