Philip Island’s CUE one hour Sportscar Enduro next weekend is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best Sportscar races ever seen in Melbourne.
A highlight of PIARC’s 20th anniversary Island Magic, the one hour race has attracted a quality field of cars and drivers from all over Australia.
Former Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy leads the entries in his spectacular Audi R8. The R8 is just made for this type of event and reliability is unlikely to be a problem give Audi’s reputation for longevity.
Lamborghini will be represented by the Gallardo’s of Victorian State Champion Ted Huglin and Mark Seamons.
Huglin’s car is the current model racing in the European GT3 championships and as such is not eligible for the Australian titles. The fight between Huglin and Eddy will be a highlight.
The race will also feature the return to racing of veteran competitor Murray Carter.
At an age when most people have long since retired the 79 year old will debut his new Corvette Z06.
The car features plenty of ideas from the GT1 & 2 cars of the ALMS and Carter certainly knows his way around the Island track.
Fans of the classic Ford GT40 will be thrilled to see the return to Melbourne of NSW State Sportscar star Iain Pretty in his Roaring 40’s replica.
The car is spectacularly quick and the performance of this locally built special against the might of the European thoroughbreds will be a highlight of the race.
Porsches dominate the entry list with the Cup S of Max Twigg and Shaun Juniper early favourites for the win.
Twigg has been a regular at both State and National level this year and the experienced Juniper gives the pair a great chance at outright honours.
The race will also see the on track return of former Australian Champion Peter Fitzgerald. Widely regarded as one of the countries best ever Porsche steerers and preparers “Fitzy” will be co.-driving with Stewart Lachlan and can’t be ruled out of the race.
A wildcard for the race could be the turbocharged 944 of Porsche specialist Ivan Klassen the car puts out over 500 bhp and is heavily modified with a huge rear wing to keep all that grunt on the road.
Should the Island turn on some of it’s “legendary” wet weather then the Lotus brigade led by Justin Levis and Bill Pye must also be considered as an outright chance.
With an over subscribed field including a large contingent of the Queensland based Mazda MX5s and some of the top locals from the popular aPorshapart 944 Challenge also taking part, just qualifying for the race will be a battle worth watching in itself.