Friday, February 27, 2015

Australian GT: Impressive qualifying and Trophy class pole position for Audi teams at Adelaide

By Tarek Ramchani

The 2015 Australian GT Championship has started at Adelaide, the opening round supporting the prestigious V8 Supercars. Six Audi R8 LMS and ultra cars are taking part in the event showing great performances and strong pace.

The Audi Sport customer racing and Melbourne Performance Centre squad performed very well in all of the free practice sessions and was able to do the same in the official qualifying session. A total of three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars made it into the Top 5 in qualifying.

Audi factory GT driver, Christopher Mies, took a very strong second place after a thrilling qualifying session. The #74 Audi R8 LMS ultra from JAMEC-PEM Racing set a best time of 1:21.53, only 0.0465s behind the pole setting Ferrari 458 GT3. Christopher Mies is sharing his Audi with Greg Crick.

Another Audi performing well was the #6 R8 LMS ultra from Skwirk/Beechwood Homes. Nathan Antunes took a very strong fourth place overall.

Steven McLaughlan and Steven Johnson, with the second entry from JAMEC-PEM Racing, were fifth fastest driving the #75 Audi R8 LMS ultra.

A very strong performance from Greg Taylor and Barton Mawer, they took the Trophy class pole position and a fine eighth place overall. The two drivers are sharing the #38 Audi R8 LMS from Greg Taylor Racing.

The remaining two Audis were outside the Top 10. Peter Fitzgerald driving the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra Eva Racing/Evolve Technik was eleventh. Mark Griffith behind the wheel of the #19 Audi R8 LMS of Griffith Corporation Motorsport was eighteenth.

Photo credit: Christopher Mies / Australian GT