Walsh, van der Linde retain Perth GT front row

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Saturday 6th May, 2017 - 11:24am

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The #44 Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 will start Race 1 from pole

Ash Walsh and Kelvin van der Linde will start on the front row for Race 1 of the Australian GT Championship at Barbagallo Raceway.

Walsh (#44 Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8) and van der Linde’s (#74 Valvoline Audi R8) times from yesterday’s first qualifying session were not beaten in this morning’s red-flag affected second qualifier.

Liam Talbot’s 56.7377s lap topped the session but was slower than the #911 Mega Racing Porsche 911 driver achieved in Qualifying 1.

Second-fastest for the session was Fraser Ross (#59 YNA Autosport / McElrea Racing McLaren 650S) with a 56.7667s, with Tony Walls (#11 Objective Racing Porsche 911), Geoff Emery (#74) and Ash Samadi (#3 Ah Apartments Audi R8) rounding out the top five of the 20 minute outing.

While Talbot was able to claim the top of the sheets this morning, his session was not without drama – starting with an awkward spin on the exit of Turn 1 to see him stranded across the track forcing a number of his fellow competitors into evasive action.

He would rejoin and set his first top time of the session in the very next lap. After setting his second and final fast lap on his fourth rotation, the red flag flew after 7:15s completed for the #124 KFC Audi R8 of Gary Higgan.

Higgan had looped his Audi left out of Turn 4 and struck the wall heavily, forcing a recovery via flat bed which saw the field held under red flag conditions until the end of the session.

They would have just one minute and 45 seconds of green running at the end of the session once Higgan’s steed was cleared away, with it not being enough time to see a change to the running order.

Also coming to grief throughout the session was the pole-sitting Audi with James Koundouris at the wheel. Koundouris lost the rear in the mid-corner of Turn 4 just as the red flag period begun, but was able to gather it up and rejoin without assistance.

The opening race will be held today at 1225 AWST (1425 AEST), with the higher-ranked drivers in each car starting the hour-long affair.

Results: Qualifying 2

1 MEGA Racing Liam Talbot (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3-R 0:56.7377  
2 YNA Autosport / McElrea Racing Fraser Ross (VIC) McLaren 650S GT3 0:56.7667 0:00.0290
3 Objective Racing Tony Walls (NSW) McLaren 650S GT3 0:57.3552 0:00.6175
4 Valvoline Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS 0:57.6986 0:00.9609
5 Ah Apartments Ash Samadi (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 0:57.8103 0:01.0726
6 WM Waste Management Services Max Twigg (VIC) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 0:58.2976 0:01.5599
7 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Corp Mark Griffith (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 0:58.3195 0:01.5818
8 PM Motorpsort Peter Major (WA) Lamborghini R-EX 0:58.3419 0:01.6042
9 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris (ACT) Audi R8 LMS 0:58.5852 0:01.8475
10 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX 0:58.8602 0:02.1225
11 DJS Racing Danny Stutterd (VIC) BMW M6 GT3 0:59.0395 0:02.3018
12 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Lamborghini Huracan 0:59.0456 0:02.3079
13 Moveitnet / AFS Tony Bates Mercedes Benz AMG GT 0:59.4362 0:02.6985
14 GT Motorsport Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 0:59.4828 0:02.7451
15 BMW Team SRM James Bergmuller BMW M6 GT3 1:00.3048 0:03.5671
16 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:00.4256 0:03.6879
17 Darrell Lea Tony Quinn (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:00.7571 0:04.0194
18 Kentucky Fried Chicken Gary Higgan (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 1:01.7748 0:05.0371

Starting grid: Race 1

1 Supabarn Supermarkets J.Koundouris/A.Walsh Audi R8 LMS Q1 0:55.4281
2 Valvoline K.van der Linde/G.Emery Audi R8 LMS Q1 0:55.7166
3 Kentucky Fried Chicken G.Higgan/D.Gaunt Audi R8 LMS Q1 0:55.7876
4 PM Motorpsort Peter Major (WA) Lamborghini R-EX Q1 0:55.8269
5 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX Q1 0:55.9811
6 AMAC Motorsport A.Macpherson/B.Shiels Lamborghini Huracan Q1 0:56.0931
7 MEGA Racing Liam Talbot (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3-R Q1 0:56.3328
8 YNA Autosport / McElrea Racing Fraser Ross (VIC) McLaren 650S GT3 Q1 0:56.4825
9 BMW Team SRM S.Richards/J.Bergmuller BMW M6 GT3 Q1 0:56.5238
10 Objective Racing Tony Walls (NSW) McLaren 650S GT3 Q1 0:56.7305
11 WM Waste Management Services Max Twigg (VIC) Mercedes Benz AMG GT Q1 0:56.8193
12 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Corp M.Griffith/J.Camilleri Mercedes Benz AMG GT Q1 0:56.8258
13 Moveitnet / AFS Tony Bates Mercedes Benz AMG GT Q1 0:56.9321
14 GT Motorsport Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS Q1 0:57.1069
15 Ah Apartments Ash Samadi (VIC) Audi R8 LMS Q1 0:57.1480
16 DJS Racing Danny Stutterd (VIC) BMW M6 GT3 Q1 0:57.2499
17 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT Q1 0:57.5426
18 Darrell Lea Tony Quinn (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 Q2 1:00.7571