Published on November 11th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Audi Rivals Head to NZ for Australian GT Title Showdown
After 10-dramatic races, the 2015 Australian GT Championship has come down to the wire, with Audi rivals Christopher Mies and Nathan Antunes locked in a titanic battle for the crown heading to New Zealand this weekend for the final event of the season. The two Audi stars have been the standouts in season 2015, sharing six wins from ten starts, the German factory driver and the emerging Australian star battling over the top of the championship points table since the opening round in Adelaide.
Reigning Nurburgring 24-Hour champion Mies holds a 65-point lead over his rival heading to Highlands for the season finale, after Antunes suffered a difficult weekend last time out in Melbourne, however the Australian comes to New Zealand as a podium finisher in the testing Highlands 101 event.
Whilst much of the focus will be centred on the battle between the two Audi stars for the outright Championship trophy, there is also a battle royale brewing in Trophy Class.
12-months ago Rod Salmon and Audi Sport customer racing rival Dean Koutsoumidis battled over Trophy Class honours at Highlands with Antunes assisting car-owner Salmon to the title before the pair went on to claim second in the hotly contested 101.
This year there are two more Audi teams embroiled in the battle for championship immortality – former Australian GT Sports champion Mark Griffith, and 2015 Australian GT rookies Greg Taylor and Barton Mawer.
The Taylor/Mawer combination currently sit on top of the points after three wins in season 2015, with Griffith 62 points further back, although the Audi rivals will have to keep a close eye on two-time 2015 winner, Porsche’s Theo Koundouris, who sits just 25 points shy of the title lead with 110-points still on offer.