Published on March 3rd, 2019 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Lee Partridge Makes Australian GT Debut
The 18-year veteran of motorsport, who actually works full-time with Audi Sport customer racing Australia, will take the wheel of the Aussie Driver Search R8 LMS GT3 for the opening round of the 2019 CAMS Australian GT Championship on the streets of Melbourne.
Partridge competed in last years Aussie Driver Search program and emerged as the winner in the hotly contested semi-pro category, in the process landing a $150,000 prize to contribute to his 2019 motorsport campaign. The full-time Melbourne Performance Centre employee (who operate Audi Sport customer racing Australia) not surprisingly negotiating a start in the AGT season opener for Audi.
2018 saw – then – Aussie Driver Search [ADS] prize winner Jaie Robson compete in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with incredible success. Alongside experienced veteran Craig Baird, the two of them claimed two wins apiece in the AGT season-opener. Robson then went on to claim pole at Sandown for round three in an Audi R8 before finishing with a string of top five finishes.
Partridge knows he has big shoes to fill at Albert Park, but he’s shown that he has good pace, so he could be expected to put the iconic grey and yellow colours of ADS firmly towards the front of the field, especially with the introduction of the new amateur driver rule for the AGT sprint rounds this year.
As was the case in 2018, the 2019 Australian Grand Prix program will feature four 25-minute races across each of the four days of the event, with the Australian GT teams expected to put on another great display of GT3 and GT4 competition.
2019 CAMS Australian GT Championship
Rnd#1 – 14-17 March, Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Victoria [SPRINT]
Rnd#2 – 2-4 May, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia [SPRINT]
Rnd#3 – 7-9 June, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria [ENDURANCE]
Rnd#4 – 12-14 July, The Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia [ENDURANCE]
Rnd#5 – 20-22 September, Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria [ENDURANCE]
Rnd#6 – 25-27 October, Gold Coast, Queensland [SPRINT]
Rnd#7 – 8-10 November, Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria [SPRINT]