Martin joins Talbot for Australian Endurance Championship

Liam Talbot will reunite with esteemed driver John Martin in the #911 MEGA Racing Walkinshaw Porsche GT3-R for the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship in 2017.

Martin, who drove with Walkinshaw GT3 in its debut season in 2016, joins Australian GT championship leader Talbot, fresh off a round victory in Perth last start.

The pair first drove together in the Australian GT round at Highlands late last year, before successfully teaming up at the Bathurst 12 hour in February, where they won the Amateur class and finished fourth overall alongside Duvashen Padayachee.

“It’s nice to be able to put something together for the AEC and to be back in the Porsche with Walkinshaw after all the homework and hard work we did last year is great,” Martin said.

“If you have a look at last year, realistically we only started two rounds. We had pole and a second at Sydney Motorsport Park, and finishing up on the podium at Hampton Downs left us second in the championship coming into the last round.”

His partner in the MEGA Limited GT3 for the four-round championship, Liam Talbot, is thrilled to have someone of Martin’s calibre alongside him.

“I’m really looking forward to joining forces again with John. He is a known talent, and we have seen first-hand how fast he is behind the wheel and how far he can progress the set-up of the car,” Talbot said.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn in motor sport, so to have a guy of his talent and experience is only going to help me as well.”

The team comes into the AEC season with a head full of steam following the sprint round win in Perth which gave Talbot the Australian GT Championship lead.

“Motorsport is about momentum, and I feel at the moment my driving is at a good level. With the setup of the car and the team it’s all working well. I can’t wait to get to endurance component started and progress it to the high level we have set in the sprint rounds,” Talbot said.

The first round of the 2017 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship kicks off next weekend as part of the 100th round of the Shannons Nationals.