Triple Eight Race Engineering will launch a two-car Mercedes-AMG GT3 assault with both of its in-house Supercars stars at the upcoming AWS-based Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia in Band and Bathurst.
The leading team will expand to include a second car shared by seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup and Prince Abu Bakar Ibrahim – the younger brother of Prince Geoffrey Ibrahim, who is currently third in the standings.
Prince Jedry will be joined by Supercars rookie Brock Feeney and current Bathurst and Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen at The Bend and Bathurst respectively.
Triple Eight Race Engineering team manager Andrew Simpson said the squad would attack both races with all their resources.
“With our races in Asia finished for the year, we have turned our full attention to the remaining rounds of GT World Challenge Australia, which means we will be running two cars under the Triple Eight-JMR banner,” said Simpson.
“Prince Abu Bakar has done a great job in his first full season of racing and we are looking to capitalize on that momentum. He is in very good company with Jamie Whincup as co-driver so this will be a good opportunity for him to learn.
“Prince Geoffrey is coming back to Australia after winning the Pro-Am title in Japan so he should be confident going into the weekend and it’s a track he knows pretty well.
“He and Brock took a couple of podiums at The Bend last year and have a good chance of going a place or two better this weekend.”
It will be the first time in Australia that the Ibrahim brothers will be racing against each other, but this is a regular occurrence at AWS-based Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia, where Triple Eight Race Engineering-JMR regularly field two Mercedes AMGs.
Teaming up with Jazaman Jaafar, Abu finished ninth in the standings this year and will compete in his first race on Australian soil this weekend.
Prince Geoffrey has been a familiar face in Australian GT3 racing for the past two years and will be partnered by both Red Bull Ampol Racing teammates for the next two rounds.
For Whincup, it marks a return to the category after replacing van Gisbergen at Phillip Island in the first round of Jeffrey’s 2021 campaign.
Previous Bathurst 12 Hour winner Whincup has demonstrated his capabilities in GT engineering in recent years, moving to head Triple Eight Race Engineering and retiring from full-time Supercars competition.
He has recent enduro experience as he pushed the #88 car to a fifth place finish in the 2022 Bathurst 1000.
Bend marks the penultimate round of the AWS-based Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia sprint component of the season before the return of Bathurst and Adelaide in December.
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