Pires is ready for ’emotional’ 12 hours with experienced Mercedes staff

By Thomas Miles

An skilled crew of drivers will drive a Mercedes for Tigani Motorsport below the Valmont Racing banner on the 2023 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.

A quad driver can be behind the wheel of the Silver Class #44 Mercedes, led by Aaron Cameron and Duvashen Padayachee.

For Pires, will probably be an emotional second on the Mountain, after struggling a brutal shunt in Adelaide and fearing that will not occur.

“It has been a little bit of a quick practice of emotion since Adelaide. “I used to be fairly upset in the beginning once I thought I would not have the ability to do 12 hours, and that places into perspective how a lot I actually love racing.”

“Lots of people ask if the incident bothered me, however getting again on the wheel made me much more hungry. That form of factor is a part of the game and I’ve carried out fairly properly up thus far.

“I’ve one final scan at 16.pearl I hope that January will give me all the things in a transparent technique to go to the competitors. All indicators are that I am recovering a little bit sooner than I anticipated, so I am assured.”

Sergio Pires is gearing as much as return to racing on the Bathurst 12 Hour after an enormous slam for Tigani Motorsport in Adelaide. Picture: Daniel Kalisz

Cameron is the large identify who has compiled a good racing profession, highlighted by the 2021 S5000 Tasman Collection title and a string of TCR Australia victories.

He represented Australia within the TCR Class on the remaining FIA Motorsport Video games at Paul Ricard earlier than taking an S5000 win on the Adelaide 500.

Cameron mentioned he was excited by the prospect of creating his GT3 debut below hilarious circumstances.

“Making ready for the Bathurst 12 Hours and my first race in a GT3 automotive may be very good. I have been engaged on this for a few years with two 12-hour runs on a MARC automotive, however that is going to be a complete new degree,” he mentioned.

“I could not consider a greater automotive to enter the GT3 scene collectively, everybody I spoke to mentioned that Mercedes is a really driver-friendly automotive.

“There is no such thing as a higher crew to do it collectively, the operation that not too long ago began at Tigani Motorsport is progressing rather well and extra importantly there’s a good group of people that simply get pleasure from their races.”

“It is humorous the way it really occurred, I did not actually speak to anybody on the crew however Duvashen has the identical Private Coach as me. I used to be midway by way of my session with my PT and he mentioned Duvashen goes to do the 12 Hours they usually’re searching for one other driver, and now we’re right here.”

TCR winner Aaron Cameron will race for Tigani Motorsport on the Bathurst 12 Hour. Picture: TCR Australia/Jack Martin

Padayachee is one other silver-rated steering driver and brings success within the GT3 house with back-to-back GT4 Am class wins in 2017 and 2018. He has since competed within the Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup and varied GT races, together with final yr’s Bathurst. 12 hours.

Padayachee took pole place within the AAM class in 2022 and can return to the Mountain in the identical AMG GT3 absolutely backed to spec.

He mentioned he seems to be ahead to persevering with his partnership with Zalloua and Pires.

“The 2022 occasion was fairly cool to leap into Mercedes and get the crew to get their first expertise of what the 12 Hours is actually like,” Padayachee mentioned.

“This yr we’ve got the identical specification because the well-known vehicles, so we’ve got a fantastic benchmark to work on.

“Whereas we’re not in the identical class as these large Professional entries, I feel if we will emulate their technique it is going to put us in a superb place when issues get shaken.”

Zalloua and Pires have been racing side-by-side for a few years and have teamed up collectively on the backend of the AWS-powered Fanatec GT World Problem Australia, which incorporates class wins at Tailem Bend and Bathurst.

Zalloua mentioned the crew is decided to carry out higher than final yr when he retired on the 199th lap.

“I need to go there and make up for the final state of affairs that did not go as deliberate throughout the race.”

“We have actually ready ourselves for this new enterprise all through 2022. We have gained numerous confidence from this yr and I have been getting ready actually exhausting as we begin the occasion, so I am excited to see what the large race will convey for us.”

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