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Watson back on track in Aussie endurance test


Back at it: Andrew Watson
Back at it: Andrew Watson

By Sammy Hamill

After a quick stop at Australia's Surfer's Paradise, Andrew Watson is geared up for his first race of 2019 at his "favourite track in the world" - Mount Panorama.

Watson has been drafted into the Objective Racing team for the first round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race at the iconic New South Wales circuit, joining a line-up which includes the Bentley Continental of fellow Ulsterman Steven Kane.

The 24-year-old from Donaghmore is making his third start in the race and is looking to build on his ninth overall in 2016 and 11th in 2018.

Watson will again be behind the wheel of the McLaren 650s GT3, a car he knows well and the car he picked up his first Blancpain GT podium in last season at Paul Ricard and also secured class-pole position at Spa.

A member of the McLaren development squad, Watson teams up with Aussies Tony Wall and Warren Luff for tomorrow's race.

"My team-mates have proved in the last few years they have the pace to challenge for wins so I'm going in with a positive mindset. It's my favourite track in the world so it's a privilege to come back," said Watson.

Ballynahinch native Kane, who has twice finished on the podium at Bathurst, shares his GT3 Bentley with Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon.

It is early in the season but two other Ulster drivers, Wayne Boyd and Charlie Eastwood, have chalked up endurance race victories and Watson and Kane are aiming to add to that start.

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