Yasser Shahin will pair up with 4-time Bathurst 1000 winner and reigning Australian GT Endurance champion Garth Tander to tackle the 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia championship in a JAMEC Racing with Melbourne Performance Center Audi R8 LMS Evo.
Both Tander and Shahin have had success in Audi machinery, with Tander securing 2019’s Australian GT Endurance championship in a MPC Audi R8 LMS Evo and Shahin securing the 2019 Audi R8 LMS Cup championship crown. This marks the first time both drivers will team up for a Pro-Am entry.
“I’m really looking forward to sharing the car with Yasser. We had a fantastic test day at Phillip Island last week and only after a few laps each in the car, we learned that we like the same things as far as car balance and driving technique,” said Tander.
“The Jamec Racing Audi R8 GT3 was awesome at the Phillip Island GT round last year, so I am looking forward to a strong start the championship with Yasser. It’s also really important to me that we have a strong run at The Bend later in the year, considering its literally Yasser’s home track.”
After having tested the Audi R8 LMS Evo at Phillip Island last week, Shahin feels confident about their title chances this year.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be in an Audi again representing The Bend Motorsport Park and what an opportunity to work with and learn from Garth,” said Shahin.
“In my maiden GT race in 2015 at Philip Island, I managed to clinch a win with Tander charging behind me for second place. Six years later, we will share the seat at the same circuit so it’s quite a nostalgic feeling”.
“After a year of very interrupted racing in 2020, everyone is keen on making the most of the refreshed calendar. With 2 rounds at Bathurst and at least one home round at The Bend, we are looking forward to putting on a show at Australia’s best circuits.”
Melbourne Performance Center and JAMEC Racing are no strangers within the continent’s grand touring racing scene as JAMEC clinched the 2017 and 2018 Australian GT title with driver Geoff Emery, while MPC secured 2019 championship honors both in the Sprint and Endurance championship again with Geoff Emery and Garth Tander.
Round 1 of the Fanatec GTWC Australia championship is set to take place at Phillip Island on 20-21 February.
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