Lester scores history making Australian GT pole


Jono Lester celebrates a landmark pole position at Townsville

Jono Lester became only the third man in Australian GT Championship history to score three consecutive pole positions after coming through a thrilling second qualifying session at Townsville.

The Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari was involved in a duel with the Jamec-Pem Audi R8 of German GT star Christopher Mies, but it was Lester who came out on top.

The Kiwi set the pace from the outset before improving his time to a 1:12.1179s to eclipse the 1:12.9s effort which earned Maranello Motorsport provisional pole position on Friday.

The best times set across the two qualifying sessions set the grid for the third round of the championship.

Mies took the fight to Lester as he posted a time just 0.040s adrift in the dying minutes of a session, which was extended by five minutes due to a red flag triggered by Michael Hovey’s Ginetta.

In the end, Lester hung on to follow in the footsteps of Allan Simonsen and Greg Crick by scoring three consecutive pole positions in the championship after triumphs at Adelaide and Phillip Island this year.

Clipsal 500 round winner Nathan Antunes will line up in third position alongside Brad Shiels in the AMAC Motorsport Porsche.

The Maranello Motorsport Ferrari of Tony D’Alberto and Grant Denyer will share the third row of the grid with the Darrell Lea McLaren 650s of Klark Quinn.

Steve Owen’s time set in Friday’s qualifying session was enough for Kevin Weeks’ owned Ford GT to hold onto seventh on the grid.

John Magro (Lamborghini Gallardo), Geoff Emery (Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS) and Barton Mawer (Audi R8) completed the top 10.

The first of this weekend’s two 46 lap Australian GT Championship races will begin at 11:55.

Result: Australian GT Championship Qualifying 2, Townsville

1 Trass Family Motorsport Jono Lester (NZ) Ferrari 458 GT3 1:12.1179
2 JAMEC PEM Racing Christopher Mies (GER) Audi R8 Ultra 1:12.1639 00.0460
3 Skwirk / Beechwood Homes Nathan Antunes (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 1:12.6556 00.5377
4 AMAC Motorsport Bradley Shiels (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:12.8518 00.7339
5 Maranello Motorsport Grant Denyer (NSW) Ferrari 458 GT3 2014 1:12.9519 00.8340
6 Darrell Lea Klark Quinn (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 1:12.9997 00.8818
7 johnmagro.com John Magro (Qld) Lamborghini Gallardo 1:13.2839 01.1660
8 Geoff Emery Mercedes Benz AMG SL 1:13.7321 01.6142
9 Adina Apartment Hotels Barton Mawer (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 1:13.8076 01.6897
10 Morgan Haber (Qld) Mercedes Benz AMG SL 1:13.9542 01.8363
11 Darrell Lea Anthony Quinn (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 1:14.0318 01.9139
12 Interlloy M Motorsport Jack LeBrocq (Vic) Reiter Camaro GT3 1:14.0345 01.9166
13 Flying B Racing John Bowe Bentley Continental 1:14.0802 01.9623
14 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris (ACT) Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:14.1288 02.0109
15 Objective Racing Tony Walls (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 1:14.3180 02.2001
16 JAMEC PEM Racing Steven McLaughlan (Vic) Audi R8 Ultra 1:14.8002 02.6823
17 EVA Racing / Evolve Technik Peter Fitzgerald (Vic) Audi R8 Ultra 1:15.0235 02.9056
18 JJA Consulting Group Jan Jinadasa (Vic) Lamborghini LP560-4 1:15.0853 02.9674
19 Supaloc Racing Kevin Weeks (SA) Ford GT 2011 GT3 1:15.0925 02.9746
20 Supabarn Supermarkets Theo Koundouris (ACT) Porsche 996 GT3-S 1:15.1014 02.9835
21 Maranello Motorsport Adrian Deitz (NSW) Ferrari 458 GT3 1:15.3422 03.2243
22 Hogs Breath Cafe Mark Griffith (Qld) Audi R8 LMS 1:15.5221 03.4042
23 Motor School Hayden Cooper (Qld) Ginetta G50Z 1:15.6959 03.5780
24 Fire Rating Solutions Matthew Turnbull (Vic) Lamborghini LP-560 G 1:16.1331 04.0152
25 HHH Racing/Triffid/ESP Michael Hovey (Qld) Ginetta G55 GT3 1:16.5169 04.3990
26 Walz Group Matt Kingsley (Qld) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:16.5865 04.4686
27 Fastway Couriers Simon Ellinghham (NZ) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:17.3740 05.2561
28 Voight Contracting Scott Taylor (Qld) Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 1:17.6894 05.5715
29 DPM Motorsport Steven Richards (Vic) Reiter Camaro GT3 1:18.3328 06.2149
30 SAFE-T-STOP Richard Gartner (NSW) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:18.6505 06.5326
31 Thomson Geer Lawyers Michael O’Donnell (SA) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:19.5448 07.4269
32 Donut King Tony Alford (Qld) Lotus Exige Cup R 1:20.3721 08.2542
33 Killer Racing Wayne Udy (Qld) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:26.3076 14.189


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