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.
By the mid-1980s the category had combined with Sports Sedans and once again fell off the motorsport calendar.
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.
For the first time in 2016 the Australian GT Championship is being run solely for current-spec GT3 machinery, with a new series created specifically for older generation cars.
Australian GT Championship Winners
|1960||Leo Geoghegan||Lotus Elite|
|1961||Frank Matich||Jaguar D-Type|
|1962||John French||Centaur Waggott|
|1963||Bob Jane||Jaguar E-Type|
|1982||Alan Jones||Porsche 935|
|1983||Rusty French||Porsche 935|
|1984||Allan Grice||Chevrolet Monza|
|1985||Bryan Thompson||Chevrolet Monza / Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC Chevrolet|
|2005||Bryce Washington||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car Type 996|
|2006||Greg Crick||Dodge Viper GTS ACR|
|2007||Allan Simonsen||Ferrari 360 GT / Ferrari 430 GT3|
|2008||Mark Eddy||Lamborghini Gallardo GT3|
|2009||David Wall||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997|
|2010||David Wall||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997|
|2011||Mark Eddy||Audi R8 LMS|
|2012||Klark Quinn||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997|
|2013||Klark Quinn||Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997|
|2014||Richard Muscat||Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3|
|2015||Christopher Mies||Audi R8 Ultra|
Australian Endurance Championship
The CAMS Australian Endurance Championship (AEC) was created in 2016 as a result of the on-going growth of GT racing in Australia.
The AEC will be contested over four rounds of which 2 are in New Zealand.
The AEC races will each have two timed compulsory pit stops and each car will have two drivers. The endurance races will be perfect for PRO/AM driver combinations however many cars will have two amateur ranked drivers.
Vehicles eligible for the AEC are restricted to the current specification GT3 cars which are the same as vehicles which compete in worldwide GT3 racing. If the track density limits allow, there will be a number of Invitational vehicles participating in the races however they will not be eligible for AEC points.
The final two rounds of the 2016 AEC will be held in New Zealand. These rounds will include several NZ teams and it is hoped that more NZ teams will join in the Australian GT3 racing events in 2017 and beyond. The Hampton Downs round of the AEC will be the largest motorsport event ever held in New Zealand.
We look forward to introducing the first GT3 endurance series to Australia and New Zealand with the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship.
Australian GT Trophy Series
New for 2016, The Australian GT Trophy Series caters specifically for older generation GT3 cars, providing never before seen depth to sportscar racing in Australia.
Building on the success of the Australian GT Championship in recent seasons, the creation of the Trophy Series expands GT racing in Australia, and provides a dedicated competition for drivers with older GT3 machines.
Previously their competition had taken part within the Australian GT Championship, but the addition of the Trophy Series provides them with a standalone competition for the first time.
It’s a testament to the strength of GT racing with the all-new competition well received by competitors at its first event at Sandown in April, 2016.
The popular addition provided a number of key benefits for Australian GT.
For competitors, it added value to their machines as the competition gave them a dedicated home within the Australian motor sport landscape.
The older generation machinery also presents a lower entry point into the most exciting form of racing in the country, and the perfect place for drivers to gain experience before stepping into the Australian GT Championship.
Also welcomed into the Trophy Series are entries MARC Cars Australia, which enjoy their own dedicated class within the field.
The competitive, Australian made race cars are a perfect fit for the Series given they were specifically designed and built for longer form races.
The Trophy Series shares much in common with the Australian GT Championship.
From compulsory pitstops designed to balance out the racing to its longer 50-mimute races, it builds on everything that has made GT racing in Australia popular in recent years, and opens it to an all new market.