Friday, January 16, 2015

Bathurst 12 Hour: Audi international driver signs on with JAMEC-PEM for Bathurst 12-Hour‏

JAMEC-PEM Racing Press Release

JAMEC-PEM Racing - 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour
15 January, 2015

After recently revealing that factory Audi driver Christopher Mies would join them for the 2015 Australian GT Championship, Melbourne-based JAMEC-PEM Racing have confirmed that they have signed another Audi factory driver for the forthcoming Bathurst 12-Hour to join Warren Luff in their second entry.

British-based Italian Alessandro Latif will join Luff and a yet-to-be-named third driver in the second JAMEC-PEM entry, the teenager no stranger to Australian race fans, having driven alongside the team’s other ‘international’ driver James Winslow in an LMP2 car in the 2014 Le Mans 24-Hour race.

Winslow and 2014 Australian GT team-mate Dean Koutsoumidis will drive alongside team-owner Steve McLaughlan in the team’s current #75 Audi, whilst Luff and Latif will campaign a new car which is on its way to the team’s Melbourne Performance Centre [MPC] headquarters for the 12-Hour and the 2015 Australian GT season.

Latif is no stranger to the Audi either, having campaigned a Pheonix Motorsport R8 in the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series (alongside 2011 12-Hour winner Marc Baasseng) and a Flying Lizards Motorsport R8 in both the Daytona 24 Hour (5th GTD) and Sebring 12 Hour (8th GTD) events.

“I’m excited to be able to come to this iconic event and be a part of the JAMEC-PEM Racing team,” Latif admitted from his UK base.

“I have watched with interest the Audi teams compete at Bathurst in past years, and obviously spoken to guys like my Pheonix team-mate Markus Winkelhock and Marc Basseng about the circuit, and they told me just how incredible it is.

“Obviously I have good experience with the car, and know from working with James [Winslow] at Le Mans, just how great he is working with the team and the data to extract the maximum out of the car, so I am looking forward to running with the JAMEC-PEM Racing team. I know too that Warren Luff is one of the quickest drivers in the world around Mount Panorama, so we have a great package, but I also know that with 55 cars on the track, on a circuit that is notorious for its changing conditions, that it will be no easy task, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

With just three weeks to go until opening practice for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, the JAMEC-PEM Racing team have to finalise preparations and shakedown their two cars ready for an all-out assault on the once-around-the-clock event.

“Audi has won the event twice before, and MPC have shown how quick the car can be around Bathurst,” McLaughlan admitted. “There’s no reason why we can’t be in the mix with the leaders again this year, and who knows how it could play out after 12-Hours.. Whatever happens it will certainly be a memorable start to the season!”

2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour
Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW (6-8 February)

Schedule: [AEDST - GMT +11]

Friday, 6 February 

8:15am - Practice #1 (60-minutes)
11:25am - Practice #2 (60-minutes)
1:35pm - Practice #3 (60-minutes)
4:15pm - Practice #4 (60-minutes)

Saturday, 7 February

7:45am - Practice #5 (60-minutes)
12:55pm - Qualifying #1 (60-minutes)
2:05pm - Qualifying #2 (20-minutes)

Sunday, 8 February

5:50am - Bathurst 12-Hour - Race (12-hours)

JAMEC-PEM Racing is proudly supported by Companion Brands, ROMAN, APC Logistics, Melbourne Performance Centre, and Castrol.

For more information on the JAMEC-PEM Racing team, please contact Steven McLaughlan via

Photo credit: Melbourne Performance Centre