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17 Cars for The Bend Return

Liam Talbot, Chaz Mostert defend narrow points lead as Fanatec GT Australia returns to The Bend for the first time since 2022…

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17 cars have been entered for the second round of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, which will see the series make a return to The Bend Motorsport Park after a one-year absence.

The entry is headlined by a ten-car field in Pro-Am, with six cars in the Am class and a single GT Trophy entry.

Two previously confirmed new entries join the grid that were not present for the season opener at Philip Island, with the recently announced Melbourne Performance Centre Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II for Steve Brooks and Nick McBride one of two new additions.

The other comes in the form of Bathurst 12 Hour stalwarts Wall Racing, fielding a single Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 for Adrian Deitz and Tony D’Alberto.

This means that, even with the absence of Mercedes-AMG entries from Grove Racing and Tony Bates Racing, the number of cars on the grid remains unchanged at 17.

Notably, while the GT Trophy grid is still at a single car for this weekend, the entry has changed as Darren Currie and Valentino Astuti will now share the No. 38 KMB Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

At Philip Island, Michael Bailey drove solo at the wheel of a Trading Garage-entered V12 Vantage GT3, although that car will not return at The Bend.

The series returns to the South Australia circuit for the first time since 2022, having gone absent from the calendar last year.

Arise Racing GT duo Liam Talbot and Chaz Mostert currently hold a narrow points advantage after winning the first race of the season in the No. 1 Ferrari 296 GT3, just two points clear of the No. 7 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi of Tim Miles and Brendon Leitch.

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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