Spa 24 winner eyeing Bathurst seat

Liam Talbot is hoping his class win at the 24 Hours of Spa will help him secure a front-running drive for the Bathurst 12 Hour next year.

Spa 24 winner eyeing Bathurst seat
#888 Kessel Racing, Ferrari 458 GT3: Liam Talbot
Winner AM class: #888 Kessel Racing, Ferrari F458 Italia GT3: Marco Zanuttini, Liam Talbot, Vadim Glitin, Nicola Cadei
#888 Kessel Racing, Ferrari F458 Italia GT3: Marco Zanuttini, Liam Talbot, Vadim Glitin, Nicola Cadei
#888 Kessel Racing, Ferrari F458 Italia GT3: Marco Zanuttini, Liam Talbot, Vadim Glitin, Nicola Cadei
#888 Kessel Racing, Ferrari F458 Italia GT3: Marco Zanuttini, Liam Talbot, Vadim Glitin, Nicola Cadei
#48 Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo: Liam Talbot
#6 Skwirk Online Education Audi R8 Ultra: Liam Talbot, Jake Fouracre

The 34-year-old part-timer racer took out the Amateur class at the Spa classic, sharing a Kessel Ferrari with Marco Zanuttini, Vadim Glitin, and Nicola Cadei.

Now the Aussie is hoping that he can lock down a front-running drive in the Pro-Am or Am class for his home endurance race, the Bathurst 12 Hour.

“It’s interesting, because they’ve changed the regulations for Pro-Am and Am,” he said. “So they need Bronze drivers, and I’m a Bronze driver.

“I want to be the best non-professional that I can be, I don’t want to be a professional. I turned 30 and got a race licence. So I’ve got little experience, but I’ve learnt a lot in a short amount of time.

“If I can find a seat that’d be great, if not I’m not just going to do it for the sake of it. I want to be there to win.”

Talbot, who has been linked with Walkinshaw Racing’s new Australian GT programme, admitted that a seat in the Walkinshaw Porsche was a possibility.

“I’ve got the connection through Monster Energy. I'm part of the family there and that introduced me to Walkinshaw and Adrian [Burgess],” said Talbot. “I ask him a few questions because I don't know much about racing, and he's been kind enough to help me. “I’m still learning. I need all the help I can get.”

The Spa win means Talbot and his Kessel team-mates are well and truly in contention for the Blancpain Endurance title for amateur drivers, something he says would be “unbelievable”, particularly given his relative lack of experience.

“My first year in motorsport I did the Radical championship, so you’re not sharing with anyone,” he added.

“And suddenly I do this endurance racing where you share the car, and it’s so much more difficult. You’ve got multiple drivers, different driving times, there are so many more variables.

“It’s so tough, I now understand how tough it is to win an endurance championship. If we win, that will be unbelievable. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, we’re not home and hosed yet. We have to put in maximum effort at the Nurburgring.”

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