By Johan Laubscher
The Highlands 101 endurance race was held alongside the Australian GT Championship finale at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand this weekend.
The 101-lap endurance race was held on Sunday, following two very exciting Australian GT races on Saturday.
Qualifying for the race saw the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Peter Fitzgerald and Michael Almond in eighth place overall, the highest Audi on the grid. It was also the #2 Audi crew that scored the highest placed overall finishes for an Audi during the two Australian GT races on Saturday.
The 101-lap race saw very strong performances from the three Audi R8 LMS ultra entries, with all three finishing within the overall top six.
Rounding out the top four was Peter Fitzgerald and Michael Almond in the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra. It was a very strong debut weekend for the #2 Audi squad. The #75 R8 LMS ultra finished sixth with Steve McLaughlan and Warren Luff.
Dean Koutsoumidis and James Winslow had lead the GT Trophy class for twenty-six laps, but their race ended with steering issues and a fire onboard their #71 Audi R8 LMS.