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Percat, Mawson Lead BRM Audi Lineup for Bathurst 12H

2011 Bathurst 1000 winner Percat and S5000 champion Mawson lineup for Team BRM…

Photo: Jack Martin/GTWC Australia

Adelaide-based Team BRM will make its Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour debut in May with Supercars driver Nick Percat and S5000 champion Joey Mawson leading its Pro-Am crew.

Percat, Mawson and amateur driver Mark Rosser will share an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II in the second round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS season, which doubles up as the 2022 Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli opener.

Percat, the 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner, is set for his fourth 12 Hour appearance having most recently driven for the MARC Cars Australia team two years ago.

“It’s exciting to be driving with Mark Rosser, but also the whole team at BRM – I’ve got good history with the team with Porsche Carrera Cup,” he said.

“When Mark Rundle [team boss] rang and asked if I [would] be interested, and suggested I had a chat to Mark about driving his car, it was a pretty easy decision, to be honest.

“The MARC Car was awesome fun and I’ve had a bit of experience in the Hub Auto Ferrari before that.

“The Audis have always been quite strong at Bathurst and the best thing is there will be plenty of other Audis on the grid with some handy steerers. We know we’ll have the tools to do the job.

“We’ll be aiming for a clean weekend. For Mark it’s cool to be driving his baby around there in an iconic event. It will be good to give him some advice, get up to speed and really enjoy the weekend.”

Mawson and Rosser are both making their Bathurst 12 Hour debuts. Mawson contested the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2019, followed by a Carrera Cup Germany campaign the next year. He then returned to single-seaters, winning last year’s S5000 national title.

“It’s been a dream of mine to race at the 12 Hour,” Mawson said.

“I’ve been there many times watching as a fan, so to be on the other side of the fence this time and racing at such an iconic track is something I’m very excited about.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mark and Nick to make sure we can all have a really strong weekend, the ingredients are in place for us to do just that.

“I have to say a massive thanks to Mark Rosser and the team for giving me this opportunity, I can’t wait to work with them again and get stuck into the weekend.”

Rosser added that the Pro-Am nature of the Bathurst 12H top category means that the 2022 edition presents his only realistic chance of winning the race outright.

Further to the BRM Audi’s confirmation, Melbourne Performance Centre has stated that it expects to run “at least six” R8 LMS GT3 Evo IIs in the race.

“It’s great to keep everything within the BRM family, and being from South Australia, I have been a fan of Nick’s successful career,” Rosser said.

“As a Bathurst winner and experienced steerer, he is a valuable asset to have on board with the team.

“Joey is such an exceptional talent – and even more importantly great guy – who just needs his lucky break to make it to the big league, and I’m confident he will hold his own against the best of the pro drivers in the field.

“I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible from them both so I can continue my development as a driver, and really have a red hot go at taking out the event.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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