2018 Blancpain Endurance Series front-runners R-Motorsport have confirmed their two-car Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 driver line-up for the 2019 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Competing in the Pro category will be Jake Dennis, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Matthieu Vaxiviere, who also drove for the team in last year’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
In the Pro-Am category, the two team owners, Andreas Baenziger and Florian Kamelger, will be sharing the cockpit of a second Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 with Australia’s Peter Leemhuis and new signing Brit Matt Parry.
Like Florian Kamelger and Andreas Baenziger, local favourite Leemhuis already has experience of the Mount Panorama Circuit. The Australian partnered Baenziger and Kamelger as recently as November in the 24-hour race at the Circuit of the Americas (seen below with polesetter Marvin Kirchhöfer.)
Team newcomer Matt Parry began his career in karting and single seater racing, including two years in GP3 racing winning a GP3 supporting race on the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Since 2017 season, Parry has been competing in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, last season with the Team RJN Nissan effort.
“In Jake Dennis, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Matthieu Vaxiviere, we have put together a highly competitive driver combination of proven merit,” says team principal Dr Florian Kamelger.
“In the ProAm car, Matt Parry’s experience and record of success will be an asset to our squad. We are delighted to be returning ‘Down Under’ for the GT3 season opener with this driver line-up. The last time we competed at Bathurst was in the GT4 category in 2017. The 12-hour race in Australia is one of the most important GT3 endurance races in the world, and achieving a top result in the classic at Mount Panorama is sure to be a big challenge.”