Sunday, March 30, 2014

Australian GT: Overall 1-2-3 MPC Audi R8 LMS results at Sandown

By Johan Laubscher

Sandown Raceway hosted the opening round of the 2014 Australian GT Championship. Three Audi R8 LMS cars were entered in the GT Trophy class and scored very good results this weekend.

The three Audi R8 LMS cars were entered in the GT Trophy class this weekend, all of them run by Melbourne Performance Centre.

The first Audi was that of reigning GT Trophy champion, Steve McLaughlan, who was driving the #75 JAMEC PEM Audi R8 LMS. Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow were sharing the #71 Equity-One Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. The third Audi was the #6 Audi R8 LMS of Rod Salmon, who was 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 was sharing the #6 R8 LMS with Liam Talbot.

Equity-One Motorsport took the GT Trophy class pole position with their #71 R8 LMS and backed that up by finishing third in class during race one. Steve McLaughlan finished second in class with his #75 R8 LMS and the #6 R8 LMS was fourth.

The second one-hour race was held on Sunday. Equity-One Motorsport emerged in second position within the GT Trophy class, with Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow in the #71 Audi R8 LMS. The #75 Audi R8 LMS was third in class and the #6 R8 LMS in fourth.

The weekend’s results were enough to ensure that the three MPC run Audi R8 LMS cars are currently occupying the top three positions in the GT Trophy Championship points standings. Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow are jointly leading the championship alongside Steve McLaughlan, all on 77 points. Rod Salmon and Liam Talbot are lying third with 60 points.

The next round of the Australian GT Championship will be held at Phillip Island from 23-25 May.

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