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May 18, 2016 Comments (0) Motor Sport

BMW doubles up in GT3

THERE will now be twice as much M Power on the Australian GT Championship grid from late May, with the addition of a second BMW M6 GT3 in the hands of Ryan McLeod’s newly-formed MARC GT team.

The M6 GT3 will be raced by promising young gun Morgan Haber, with plans to contest both the Sprint Series and the Australian Endurance Championship which begins at Phillip Island next week. Haber’s team-mate will be Jake Camilleri, who he teamed with at the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year.

Haber, who tested the factory-supported BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 at Winton back in February, says he is excited to kick-start his new program with the brand new car.

“I was quite surprised when I drove the M6 GT3 for the first time; it was very different to anything else I’d driven before, but very nice to drive. It was comfortable right from the word go, very predictable and very balanced. I still haven’t done a lot of laps, but I can tell it’s a good car,” Haber said.

“Next up our plan is to get some more testing miles under our belt. We have a heavy race program at Phillip Island with both sprint and endurance races, so we’ll be testing at Queensland Raceway later this week to ensure that we come out and put on a good show right from our first round.”

The 22-year-old has extensive experience in GT and touring cars. The Mackay local started out in karting, before moving to the Australian Swift Racing Series. Haber then progressed to the V8 Supercars development series in 2013 and 2014. Last year he moved to the Australian GT Championship with Erebus Motorsport, before electing to join MARC GT for the 2016 season.

Marc GT will start their 2016 racing campaign at Phillip Island and will contend the remaining races at Townsville, Sydney Motorsport Park, Hampton Downs (NZ), and Highlands (NZ).

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