Sunday, July 14, 2013

Australian GT: Podium for Salmon MPC Audi in Sydney

By Johan Laubscher

The Australian GT Championship headed to Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend. Two Audi cars were entered, both run by Melbourne Performance Centre.

The #6 Skwirk Audi R8 LMS ultra was driven by Rod Salmon and joined for this weekend by Nathan Antunes. The second MPC R8 LMS was the Equity-One Motorsports entry driven by Dean Koustoumidis and Andrew McInnes. This was the first Australian GT event where the Koustoumidis R8 LMS was run by MPC, following a switch from Minda Motorsport. Both cars were recently entered by MPC in a regional event in Sydney, as preparation for this weekend.

The cars performed very well and the Salmon R8 LMS ultra qualified second and the Koustoumidis car in seventh. Race one saw Salmon and Antunes scoring a podium by finishing in third, followed by the second Audi in sixth place. The first race was won by Jack Le Brocq in an Erebus Motorsport Mercedez-Benz SLS ahead of Klark Quinn in the VIP Porsche.

In race two the highest Audi finished in sixth, again the #6 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Salmon and Antunes. The Equity-One Audi R8 LMS finished in eighth, ensuring that both Audis finished the weekend inside of the top ten for races one and two. The second race was again won by Jack Le Brocq in the Mercedes ahead of  Klark Quinn, with the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458 in third.

The weekend’s Australian GT results can be seen HERE.

Queensland Raceway will host the next Australian GT event, round five which will be held in August. 

Photo credit: Australian GT