The first entry for the upcoming GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS season has been announced featuring Chaz Mostert.
Former Bathurst 1000 winner Mostert has been confirmed in the Pro-Am Bostik Audi R8 LMS GT3 sharing driving duties with Tony Bates.
The recruitment of Mostert also sees his long-time Supercars race engineer Adam De Borre join the squad for the 2021 campaign.
Bates and Mostert’s Audi will be run by Melbourne Performance Centre, a formidable force in the Australian GT3 racing scene, with De Borre “overseeing vehicle setup and strategic responsibilities on race weekends”.
“Chaz and Adam are the epitome of a powerful driver-engineer relationship,” said Bates.
“Their combined talents have made them an unstoppable force in other categories, where they have launched teams towards the front of the grid.
“Chaz is a raw talent and he has the ability to adapt between different types of cars.
“Everyone knows how fast he is in Supercars, but his results in the Bathurst 12 Hour and other GT races have shown he is very speedy in GT3 machinery as well.”
Mostert was once a BMW driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour before driver and manufacturer amicably split late last year.
However, the 28-year old still had intentions of continuing to race GT machinery in addition to his Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars deal this year.
“I’m looking forward to adapting to the Audi R8, all the different GT3 cars have their own unique characteristics,” Mostert said.
“I’ve been friends with Tony for a while, so I’m excited to race with him; he’s one of the fastest Pro-Am drivers in Australia.
“It’s great to have Adam on board, it gives us an awesome challenge as a driver-engineer combination to try and win races in both Supercars and GT.”
Round 1 of GT World Challenge Australia is scheduled for Phillip Island from February 20-21.