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RICHARD GARTNER ON RECORD PACE AT WAKEFIELD PARK

Mat Coch/Australian GT | 18.11.17 | Aktuality

Australian GT 2017

RICHARD GARTNER ON RECORD PACE AT WAKEFIELD PARK

 

Safe-T-Stop Lamborghini driver Richard Gartner claimed his second pole position of the season with a record-breaking lap ahead of this weekend’s season-ending CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli round at Wakefield Park.

Gartner emerged on top in qualifying with a 58.495s lap around the 2.2km circuit, shattering the previous qualifying lap record of 1:01.255s set by Greg Crick in 2006.

Having topped the first 20-minute session with a 59.485s lap, Gartner then went almost a second quicker to set the fastest time across both qualifying outings.

It will see the Safe-T-Stop Lamborghini start off the front of the grid for the second time this year, alongside him Steve McLaughlan in the Trophy Class-leading Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS.

McLaughlan set a 58.694s late in the second session to move ahead of title-rival Rod Salmon in the Skwirk Online Education Audi.

The pair were locked together throughout both qualifying sessions, Salmon gaining the upper hand initially before McLaughlan struck back.

Rio Nugara set the fourth fastest time, the only other man to set a time under the 60-second barrier with a 59.753s effort aboard the EAT Furniture Audi.

After struggling with mechanical issues during practice, Wayne Mack bounced back to go fifth fastest in the Mack Bros Roofing Products Ferrari 458 GT3, one place better than Mark Griffith in the leading Challenge Modern class entry.

The Griffith Corporation Ferrari F430 set a 1:00.617s lap in the second session, just bettering the impressive John Goodacre who managed 1:00.724s as he clocked the fourth fastest time in the opening qualifying session.

Rick Mensa (CCC Polished Concrete), Travers Beynon, (Travers Beynon Racing) and Jamie Arratoon (Aranik Racing) rounded out the top ten.

Rain, as the first 20-minute session got underway, saw cars sliding their way around the circuit, before clearing as the session progressed.

The weather then returned in the final moments of Qualifying 2, with all drivers on track electing to abandon their laps rather than take the chequered flag.

Conditions are expected to improve for Sunday's two 50-minute races, which will see champions crowned in three classes.

McLaughlan and Salmon remain just 49-points apart at the top of the Trophy Class, with Griffith now 98-points clear of Arratoon in the Challenge Modern division, and John Goodacre poised to take out the MARC Class title.

The opening race gets underway at 09:15 before the green flag is shown for Race 2 at 12:40 (November 19).

Both races will be streamed live, with fans able to follow every moment of the action via the Australian GT Facebook page, and the Australian GT website. 

CAMS AUSTRALIAN GT TROPHY SERIES PRESENTED BY PIRELLI
ROUND 5 QUALIFYING RESULT

 

P

Competitor/Team

Driver

Vehicle

Best

1

Safe-T-Stop

Richard Gartner

Lamborghini Gallardo GT3

0:58.495

2

Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing

Steve McLaughlan

Audi R8 LMS Ultra

0:58.694

3

Skwirk Online Education

Rod Salmon

Audi R8 LMS Ultra

0:58.780

4

EAT Furniture

Rio Nugara

Audi R8 LMS Ultra

0:59.753

5

Mack Bros Roofing Products

Wayne Mack

Ferrari 458 GT3

1:00.288

6

Griffith Corporation

Mark Griffith

Ferrari F430

1:00.617

7

Gap Solutions/SEKTOR

John Goodacre

MARC Focus V8

1:00.724

8

CCC Polished Concrete

Rick Mensa

Audi R8 LMS

1:00.846

9

Travers Beynon Racing

Travers Beynon

Audi R8 LMS

1:00.948

10

Fiorano Motorsport

Jamie Arratoon

Ferrari 458 Challenge

1:01.015

11

Aranik Racing

John Nikolovski

Ferrari 458 Challenge

1:01.837

12

JJA Consulting Group

Jan Jinadasa

Lamborghini Gallardo GT3

1:01.976

13

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Ginetta G50

1:02.915

14

Whitlock Bull Bars

Con Whitlock

Audi R8 LMS

 

 

 


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