The Melbourne Performance Center has summoned some stars from the Audi Sport factory to support its assault on Adelaide for the season finale of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS title.
Christopher Mies and Kelvin van der Linde will join the team for the first GT race on the streets of Adelaide since 2017.
The season concludes next weekend and the favorite to clinch a second consecutive championship is MPC’s main contender Yasser Shahin, who holds an 11-point margin over Mercedes-AMG Prince rival Jefri Ibrahim of Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Shahin was looking for a new co-driver with Garth Tander busy with TV duties and will rekindle his successful partnership with Mies and hopes the good memories can push him over the edge.
The pair won the season finale at Bathurst last year, before taking a race win at the opening event at Phillip Island in March.
Mies is also a former GT Australia champion and had success in Adelaide, scoring the pole that kick-started his 2016 title run.
His fellow Audi Sport factory driver van der Linde can also claim a pole in Adelaide, achieving the feat a year later when he partnered Geoff Emery for much of his championship-winning campaign in 2017.
The South African has since represented Audi in GT competitions around the world, including the Intercontinental GT Challenge and recently the DTM.
Van der Linde will join Tony Bates in the C-Tech Laser Audi as he aims to move higher up the Pro-Am standings after missing The Bend round.
Troy Russell of the Melbourne Performance Center said the international drivers bring a lot of class to the team.
“The main reason the factory drivers come here is that Yasser has mainly partnered with Garth Tander, but he has television commitments so we looked further afield and Christopher Mies was an obvious choice,” said Russell.
“Christopher fits the team, he’s been in Adelaide and he fits well with Yasser.
“Tony (Bates) is a bit of the same as David Reynolds and Cameron Waters has done a bit with him throughout the year but they have their own Supercar commitments so we looked again for drivers overseas . Kelvin has been here too and they both love coming to Australia so it was an easy sell and they are both looking forward to it.
“We know the riders are in good hands and it’s great to be able to bring guys of this caliber into the category and into the return of the Adelaide road event.”
For the first time this season, the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS will run three 40-minute races over the weekend to conclude the 2022 campaign.
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