Matteo Cairoli starts this weekend the new season making his Bathurst 12 Hour debut. The 23-year-old Italian will team up with Porsche works driver Dirk Werner and Thomas Preining, sharing a 911 GT3 R car run by Absolute Racing.
For the first time Cairoli will face the 6,213 kms of the Australia’s Mount Panorama - one of the world’s legendary motor racing circuit - that hosts the opening round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar.
“I’m looking forward to hit the track this weekend. I have been spending time in the simulator to learn my way around”, Cairoli said, “I am very happy to contest my first Bathurst 12 Hour, but I am a bit worried too as there is no margin for error at all.”
Having previously raced the Nürburgring and Daytona 24H as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times - claiming the LMGTE pole position in the last two editions - Cairoli is determined to challenge for a good result. His team-mate Werner led last year the Porsche to its first success in the Bathurst 12 Hour and now aims to repeat it.
With a 39-car strong entry list, the Mount Panorama event will commence on Friday with the free practice session. Qualifying are scheduled on Saturday whilst the race starts on Sunday at 5:45 am local time.