The Australian GT Championship is one of the oldest and most prestigious motor sport competitions in Australia.
First held in the early 1960s, at that point is was a standalone event won by Australian motor sport legends Leo Geoghegan, Frank Matich and Bob Jane.
Having dropped off the motor sport landscape from the mid-60s, the Australian GT Championship reappeared in the early 1980s, with former Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones winning the 1982 championship at the wheel of a Porsche 935, a feat Rusty French repeated the following year.
By the mid-1980s the category had combined with Sports Sedans and once again fell off the motorsport calendar.
In 2005, the Australian GT Championship returned to the annual calendar in a very similar format to that which still exists today.
From early days as Nations Cup, Bryce Washington won the 2005 championship in a Porsche 911, with Greg Crick taking the 2006 title in a Dodge Viper.
The move to GT3 regulations in 2008 - an international style of racing which has continued to boom in recent years - saw strong growth in the category, with entries from the world’s leading automotive manufacturers; Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche and others, swelling grids to capacity.
Competition is carefully managed with a Balance of Performance [BoP] ensuring all cars compete on an equal playing field, creating a unique blend of competition with front, rear and mid-engined designs racing wheel to wheel.
The mix of professional and amateur drivers are also carefully managed, with each driver graded based on their experience in a racing car.
In 2016 the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship was also introduced, a separate championship for longer 500-kilometre and three-hour races.
For 2019, the new Trofeo Challenge was introduced for ‘Challenge’ specification cars like the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Ferrari Challenge and Porsche GT3 Cup Cars, whilst the end of the 2019 season will also provide an opportunity for Australian GT competitors to be involved in the new ‘Pirelli AGT SuperSprint’ at Bathurst’s iconic Mount Panorama.