Aston wins as Erebus falters in Highlands 101

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Sunday 9th November, 2014 - 4:00pm

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The VIP Aston and Skwirk Audi filled the top two places after 101 laps

The VIP Aston and Skwirk Audi filled the top two places after 101 laps

Tony Quinn and Garth Tander snatched a dramatic victory in the Highlands 101 after race leader Richard Muscat ran out of fuel on the final lap.

Partnered by Craig Baird for the event’s feature race, Muscat had been on course to add the victory to his double win and title success in the previous day’s Australian GT Championship finale.

The duo led over 90 of the 101 laps, before Muscat was forced to slow dramatically in the closing stages in order to save fuel.

The effort proved futile, however, as the Mercedes crawled to a stop and Tander swept through for the win.

The result marks Quinn’s second consecutive Highlands 101 victory, having take out the event last year in his Aston with Fabian Coulthard.

The Aston had started on pole thanks to the combined qualifying times of Quinn and Tander, but found itself a lap adrift of the Mercedes mid-race before the V8 Supercars star climbed aboard for the run home.

After continually re-setting the lap record during his spell, it was an excited Tander who came across the ailing Mercedes on the final tour.

“The guys radioed me to say keep an eye out for the Merc, it’s going really slow,” he said.

“Coming out of the hairpin going up to the bridge, it wasn’t going at all, so I was yeehaa-ing on the radio as I went past and that was it.

“We were actually battling the Merc quite a bit after the earlier pit stop and we were close to going a lap down, but by staying on the lead lap and keeping the pressure on them, they pitted a lap before we did and that was the difference to buy us enough fuel to the line.”

The Rod Salmon/Nathan Antunes Audi and Justin McMillan/Steven Richards Lamborghini completed the podium in what proved a race of attrition.

The Shane van Gisbergen/Klark Quinn McLaren was the fastest car early in the Kiwi’s hands, charging into the lead before retiring after just 28 laps with gear selection issues.

Other favourites including the Trass Ferrari and Flying B Bentley also retired with mechanical trouble, adding to a total of 14 non-finishers.

The attrition helped Peter Fitzgerald/Michael Almond to fourth in the former’s Audi, despite finishing two laps adrift of the winner.

Inky Tulloch/Craig Lowndes and Steven McLaughlan/Warren Luff completed the top six, with Luff having joined the event for the 101 only.

Event organisers have declared that the event will return in its early November date next year, continuing as the showpiece of the Tony Quinn-owned circuit’s calendar.

Result: Highlands 101, Highlands Park

pos

competitor

car

laps

total time

diff

1

Tony Quinn / Garth Tander

Aston Martin

101

2:51:09.749

2

Rod Salmon / Nathan Antunes

Audi

101

2:51:22.191

12.442

3

Justin McMillan / Steven Richards

Lamborghini

101

2:52:26.435

01:16.686

4

Peter Fitzgerald / Michael Almond

Audi

99

2:51:33.071

2 laps

5

Inky Tulloch / Craig Lowndes

Chevrolet

99

2:51:57.515

2 laps

6

Steven McLaughlan / Warren Luff

Audi

99

2:52:08.508

2 laps

7

Ross Lilley / Paul Kelly (NZ)

Lamborghini

97

2:51:55.266

4 laps

8

Michael Hovey / Matt Campbell

Porsche

96

2:51:53.658

5 laps

9

Adrian Deitz / Cameron McConville

Ferrari

96

2:52:42.472

5 laps

10

Simon Ellingham / Andre Heimgartner

Porsche

95

2:52:35.958

6 laps

11

Jim Manolios / Ryan Millier

Ferrari

94

2:51:35.500

7 laps

12

Ockert Fourie / John Magro

Audi

94

2:51:39.429

7 laps

13

Ben Foessel / George Foessel

Porsche

94

2:52:02.458

7 laps

14

Danny Whiting / Andy Knight

Porsche

94

2:52:35.584

7 laps

15

Paul Van Leonhout / Renato Loberto

Ferrari

93

2:51:11.186

8 laps

16

Andrew Bagnall / Anthony Pedersen

Porsche

93

2:52:05.386

8 laps

17

Mark Griffith / Dale Paterson

Ginetta

88

2:51:25.964

13 laps

18

Craig Innes / Mark Maddren

Porsche

84

2:52:50.417

17 laps

19

David Dovey / Andrew Bowler

Ford

83

2:52:47.058

18 laps

20

Simon McLennan / Guy Stewart

Porsche

82

2:53:08.409

19 laps

DNF

Richard Muscat / Craig Baird

Mercedes-Benz

100

2:49:22.377

DNF

Brendan Leitch / Damon Leitch

Aston Martin

85

2:32:37.400

DNF

Dean Koutsoumidis / James Winlsow

Audi

67

2:15:16.708

DNF

Jan Jinadasa / Daniel Gaunt

Lamborghini

64

1:59:18.183

DNF

Peter Edwards / John Bowe

Bentley

55

2:30:20.731

DNF

Bruce Davidson / David Garden

Porsche

54

2:33:35.876

DNF

Tony Martin / Grant Bromley

Ginetta

53

1:45:32.283

DNF

Jono Lester / Graeme Smyth

Ferrari

46

2:13:54.026

DNF

Indiran Padayachee / Duvashen Padayachee

Porsche

41

1:21:36.413

DNF

Sam Fillmore / Danny Stutterd

Porsche

35

1:03:08.476

DNF

Andrew Macpherson / Ben Porter

Porsche

34

57:33.195

DNF

Klark Quinn / Shane Van Gisbergen

McLaren

28

47:53.529

DNF

Brendan Cook / Matt Kingsley

Porsche

13

23:09.183

DNF

Andrew Waite / Kynan Yu

Mosler

9

16:20.194

VIDEO: Quinn and Tander on the thrilling finish (includes coarse language)

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