Saturday, March 29, 2014

Australian GT: Audi R8 LMS class podium results in the first race at Sandown

By Johan Laubscher

The 2014 Australian GT Championship is hosting its opening round at Sandown Raceway this weekend. The first race concluded with podium results for the Audi entrants.

Three Audi R8 LMS cars have been entered in the GT Trophy class this weekend, all of them run by Melbourne Performance Centre.

The first Audi is that of reigning GT Trophy champion, Steve McLaughlan, who is driving the #75 JAMEC PEM Audi R8 LMS. Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow are sharing the #71 Equity-One Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. The third Audi is the #6 Audi R8 LMS of Rod Salmon, who is driving this R8 LMS whilst his primary Audi R8 LMS ultra is being repaired, following the qualifying crash at Bathurst. He is leasing the R8 LMS from Peter Conroy. Salmon is sharing the #6 R8 LMS with Liam Talbot.

Qualifying saw the #71 Equity-One Motorsport R8 LMS taking pole position in the GT Trophy class, sixth overall. The #6 R8 LMS qualified second in class and the #75 R8 LMS in fifth.

The first race of the weekend was held on Saturday and two Audi R8 LMS cars made it onto the GT Trophy podium, with the Audis placing in positions two though four. Steve McLaughlan finished second with his #75 R8 LMS, taking seventh overall. He was followed by the #71 R8 LMS of  Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow third in class and the #6 R8 LMS of Rod Salmon and Liam Talbot in fourth, eighth and ninth overall respectively.

The second one-hour race will be held tomorrow, we wish the best of luck to the Audi teams and drivers.

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