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Ross, Talbot in New Audi Entry for Bathurst Finale

Fraser Ross, Liam Talbot team up in Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo for season finale…

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Australian cryptocurrency exchange platform CoinSpot will make its Australian motorsport debut supporting Fraser Ross and Liam Talbot in Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Mount Panorama next month.

The race-winning duo will share a blue and orange-colored Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo run by Melbourne Performance Centre.

The Bathurst event will be the first time Ross and Talbot have joined forces, bringing together experienced, race winning performance from both drivers.

It will also be Ross’ first taste of an Audi, while Talbot has most recently been piloting a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, which shares many of the same internals as the Audi.

Both drivers have a strong pedigree in GT3 competition, with Ross having enjoyed previous success at Mount Panorama, winning the Silver Class at the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

“I’m massively excited to get back behind the wheel, and it’s great to be able to do that with support from CoinSpot and Liam,” said Ross.

“It’s the first time CoinSpot has been involved in motorsport, so we’re looking to reward their faith in us.

“The Audi Sport customer racing Australia guys are world class, and I know how hard a racer Liam is after going wheel-to-wheel with him on track.

“To now have the opportunity to share a car with him, with the support of a team like we have, I’m really looking forward to a big weekend at one of the best race tracks in the world.

“Bathurst doesn’t take many prisoners so it’ll be a case of starting off slowly and working our way up, and hopefully that’ll put us somewhere towards the front.”

The Victorian has strong pedigree behind the wheel of a range of machinery, including victories driving a McLaren 650S GT3, and the first McLaren 720S GT3 win globally.

Talbot has enjoyed class success at the Bathurst 12 Hour, and was victorious in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

He’s twice finished runner-up in the Australian GT Championship, and most recently has campaigned in the Asian Le Mans Series, where he is also a race winner.

“It’s great to be able to partner up with Fraser and Audi to tackle Bathurst,” said Talbot.

“We’ve had some great battles in the past so I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do together.

“The car looks great, and we’ve got some fantastic support from CoinSpot – it’s cool to see companies like that coming into motorsport for the first time.

“For us I think the key will be just building up over the weekend, not taking too many risks, and seeing where we end up.”

Mount Panorama hosts the final round of the season on Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

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