For the first time in his career, Dean Canto will compete in a full season of the Australian GT Championship.
Dean received a late call up from Adelaide businessman & friend, Andrew Taplin to drive alongside him the in the six round Championship. The uniqueness of the GT Championship is that each car can choose to submit two drivers for all races, not just the endurance races like other motorsport series.
Dean has had previous experience racing GTs, competing in a Ferrari 458 with Taplin in 2013 at the inaugural Highlands 101 in New Zealand where they finished in 4th. More recently he competed in a Mercedes SLS with Erebus Motorsport at the Bathurst 12 Hour where they finished 5th.
Dean on competing in the series: “I’m really pumped to be joining Andrew in the series. It will be a different GT car to what I have previously driven but it has a steering wheel and some pedals & that’s all I’m worried about. The category has some strong competition this year and I’m looking forward to some awesome racing.”
The first round of the series is at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 26th to March 1st.
Dean: “The Clipsal 500 is an awesome event & definitely one of my favourite race tracks. Adelaide is really buzzing this time of year with all the festivals & the race so it’s a great atmosphere. The people of Adelaide love getting behind & supporting locals so hopefully we’ll have a lot of support at the event.”
The duo will contest the series in an Aston Martin, prepared by Adelaide based garage, Buik Motorworks.
Australian GT Championship
Round 1 – Clipsal 500, Adelaide – Feb 26th – Mar 1st
Round 2 – Phillip Island, Vic – May 22nd – 23rd
Round 3 – Townsville 400, Qld – July 10th – 12th
Round 4 – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW – Aug 21st – 23rd
Round 5 – Sandown 500, Vic – Sept 11th – 13th
Round 6 – Highlands, NZ – Nov 13th – 15th