Sunday, August 4, 2013

Australian GT: Strong top 10 results for the MPC Audis at Queensland

By Johan Laubscher

Australian GT headed to Queensland Raceway this weekend for round five, the penultimate round of the 2013 season. The two Audi teams performed consistently this weekend.

Both of the regular Audis are run by Melbourne Performance Centre, but both entries had new driver combinations this weekend. Rod Salmon in the #6 Audi R8 LMS ultra has had a number of different co-drivers this year, and this weekend he was joined by Liam Talbot. The second Audi, the #71 Equity-One Motorsport entry, is normally driven by Dean Koustoumidis and Andrew McInnes, but Koustoumidis was joined by Tim Macrow at Queensland.

During qualifying the Audis placed in sixth (Salmon) and eighth (Koustoumidis). The first race saw the Audis finishing together with the #71 R8 LMS leading home the #6 R8 LMS ultra in seventh and eighth. Race one was won by the Aston Martin GT3 of Tony Quinn. 

Race two was held in the dark and the highest Audi finished in fourth, the #6 car of Salmon and Talbot. The #71 of Koustoumidis and Macrow finished twelfth. It was again a Quinn victory in race two, with Klark Quinn taking the win in his Porsche 911.

The third and final race of the weekend yielded top five finishes for both Audis. The #71 R8 LMS in fourth ahead of the #6 R8 LMS ultra in fifth. The weekend ended with a Quinn clean-sweep as Klark Quinn won the final race as well. 

The final round of the Australian GT Championship will take place at Highlands Motorsport Park in November. 

Photo credit: Australian GT