Author: Stuart Bowling

Bathurst 12 Hours gallery

WRT was crowned champion of the Bathurst 12 Hours after the race was called with 20 minutes remaining. Before the red flag came out, the sports car classic saw a host of contenders vie for victory, leaving behind impressions worthy of winners. From Chaz Mostert’s alien opening stint into sunrise, to long-time leaders Jamec-Pem, to the army of Porsches storming to the front at go-time, there was never a lack of candidates for the much-coveted jewel of Australian endurance racing. But it wasn’t until WRT made its final push that the eventual winner revealed itself. A gamble on fuel...

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Tech analysis: Aston Martin Vantage GT3

A long, long time ago, in a garage in Banbury, Oxfordshire, a group of engineers from Prodrive designed and put together Aston Martin’s second iteration of GT3 car: the Vantage GT3. Its predecessor, the DBRS9, was one of the first GT3 cars to exist, and ended up being a rather long tenured model (2007-2011). So it comes as little surprise that for a company as small and financially tumultuous as Aston Martin; the V12 Vantage would also go on to fly the brand’s flag for many years despite the GT3 game progressing at an alarming pace. Since its debut...

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Tech analysis: Bentley Continental GT3

A few years ago, when people thought of Bentley Motorsport, they either had images of guffawing moustached gentlemen steering a behemoth vintage car at the old Circuit de la Sarthe, or the sexy and sleek and streamlined Speed 8 prototypes of the early 2000s that brought them their sixth Le Mans victory. Today, if you mention ‘Bentley Motorsport’ there’s increasingly good odds that people now think of well-groomed gentleman guffawing in a much newer behemoth racing machine: the Continental GT3. Debuting in the 2014 Blancpain GT Series, the Continental GT is Bentley’s unlikely modern war-machine. It looks as large...

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Tech analysis: Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 is an anomaly of a supercar. Not recognised with all the glamour and flair of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and Porsches of the world, it is a car that has grittily carved a revered reputation among a wide range of motoring enthusiasts by shunning prestige and instead being a pure tool of performance that is backed up firmly by its race results and championships. While its DNA is traditionally an all-wheel-drive, turbo-six platform; some of the greatest GT-Rs have been the pure racing specials which demonstrate the versatility of the platform. For example; the...

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