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.
For Erdos, it’s
a first chance to race a GT3 variant, his last Porsche race having
been in 1998 – in a 993.
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.
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,
“For all of us,
this will be the perfect way to end the year – warm weather,
a great track and a great event.”
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.