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Erdos Leads GNM Attack
Graham Nash Motorsport sent its Porsche 911 GT3-R out to Australia two weeks ago – the team itself planning to depart from the UK on Monday (November 17).

The #70 Porsche will field Briton Mike Newton, Australian Rod Wilson, Brazilian Thomas Erdos and Austrian Manfred Jurasz - in its second attempt at the Mount Panorama classic.

Last year’s GNM effort concluded with a hard impact with the wall, Chris Maries at the wheel. That necessitated a new shell, which appeared at Spa for the 1000 Kms in August, Manfred Jurasz one of the drivers.

Erdos and Wilson seem likely to take the lead roles in the Porsche, which demonstrated its new livery at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago.

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For Erdos, it’s a first chance to race a GT3 variant, his last Porsche race having been in 1998 – in a 993.

dailysportscar.comIt’s also a first chance to race at Bathurst. He’s had a busy 2003 already, concentrating on the GNM Saleen effort in the FIA GT Championship and at Le Mans, but his European season concluded with his fist race in an open prototype in last weekend’s Le Mans 1000 Km.

He planted the RML MG-Lola on the second row of the grid, but the wet weather didn’t suit the turbocharged EX257 – in the way it did suit the Porsches.

If Bathurst is wet, look for Erdos to be one of the very quickest men on the track – as he will be in the dry anyway. But some of the other entries do look tremendously strong all round.

“I’m the rookie,” said the Brazilian today. He’s seen the circuit on television of course, “but I need to drive it to really understand it. I do know that it’s a real driver’s track, of course.

“For all of us, this will be the perfect way to end the year – warm weather, a great track and a great event.”

dailysportscar.comRod Wilson is not only a driver in the 24 Hours, he’s also an entrant - not with the original pair of Maseratis though, but instead a single Ferrari 360 Challenge car for American Paul Jenkins and Australians Theo Koundouris, Richard Wilson and Ian Palmer.

Wilson will be very familiar with the GNM Porsche – he raced it (the original shell) at Bathurst last year. Manfred Jurasz raced the Cirtek Porsche last year, so with Mike Newton having plenty of Bathurst experience in other cars (he sadly had to miss the 24 Hours last year), Erdos is the only one not to have raced round the Mountain before.

Rod Wilson has masses of motorsport experience, including a wide range of touring cars, Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis. Manfred Jurasz is the ‘old hand’, while Mike Newton is the man with the passion to make the Saleen, MG-Lola and Porsche projects happen.

 

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