Ford Chip Ganassi Racing refugee Dirk Mueller and newly crowned Rolex 24 at Daytona class winner Harrison Newey have been confirmed in a Mercedes-AMG GT4 for this weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The Multimatic-contracted drivers will join car owner Mark Griffith at the wheel of the No. 19 Nineteen Corp entry for the the race, which has been a late addition to the GT4 field for the Australian enduro.
For Mueller, it will mark his first competitive outing since the end of the factory Ford GT program last year.
The 44-year-old German had made previous starts in Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery in the Nürburgring 24 and NLS competition.
“I’m really grateful I’ll be racing at Bathurst for the first time,” Mueller said. “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge with a new team, track and new teammates.”
The late call came just hours after Newey claimed LMP2 class honors in DragonSpeed’s Oreca 07 Gibson in last weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.
“I wasn’t expecting the call-up, but it’s going to be really cool,” Newey said. “Bathurst is one of the best tracks in the world, so yeah it’s going to be awesome.
“Doing two of the biggest endurance races in the world in the space of a week is pretty darn cool as well. I won Daytona now I need to go and win Bathurst so let’s see how it goes.”
Griffith, a former Australian GT Trophy Series champion, took part in last year’s race in a GT3 Pro-Am Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by Black Falcon.
The car is one of two GT4 entries taking part this weekend, alongside the No. 13 RHC Jorgensen/Strom BMW M4 GT4.