Lester stars in thrilling AGT qualifying battle

Jono Lester guided the Trass Family Ferrari 458 to pole

Jono Lester guided the Trass Family Ferrari 458 to pole

Jono Lester guided the Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari 458 to a fourth pole position of the season in a hard fought Australian GT qualifying session at Sandown.

The Kiwi was involved in a thrilling battle for pole with the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458 of Tony D’Alberto and Grant Denyer in both 20 minute sessions.

However, its was Lester’s 1:08.9004s effort in the second hit out that secured pole by a margin of 0.04s from D’Alberto.

Lester will join forces with Graeme Smyth for the weekend’s two 60 minute contests.

Championship leader Nathan Antunes maintained his strong form to secure third on the grid although the Beechwood Audi R8 driver was 0.7s adrift of the leading Ferraris.

Antunes will share the second row alongside the Glen Wood/Elliot Barbour M Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo.

Factory Audi driver Christopher Mies struggled to match the speed of the pace-setters which left him to settle for fifth spot in the Jamec-Pem Audi R8, he shares with Ryan Millier.

The Nurburgring 24 Hour winner was a second adrift of the Lester Ferrari and only fractionally ahead of the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 of Morgan Haber.

Klark Quinn was seventh fastest in the Darrell Lea McLaren 650S just 0.04s ahead of the second Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS of Max Twigg/Geoff Emery and the Reiter Chevrolet Camaro of Justin McMillan/John McIntyre.

The AMAC Motorsport Porsche of Andrew Macpherson and Brad Shiels rounded out the top 10.

Making their Australian GT debut, Ross Stone Racing qualified in 12th spot courtesy of Andrew Miedecke’s effort in the recently purchased Aston Martin Vantage.

The first of the weekend’s Australian GT Championship races will begin at 1655 on Saturday afternoon.

Result: Australian GT Championship Qualifying 1/2 Combined Times Sandown  

1 Trass Family Motorsport Jono Lester (NZ) Ferrari 458 GT3 Q2 1:08.9004
2 Maranello Motorsport Tony D’Alberto (Vic) Ferrari 458 GT3 2014 Q2 1:08.9491 00.0487
3 Skwirk / Beechwood Homes Nathan Antunes (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra Q2 1:09.6707 00.7703
4 Interlloy M Motorsport Elliot Barbour (Vic) Lamborghini Gallardo Q1 1:09.8955 00.9951
5 JAMEC PEM Racing Christopher Mies (GDR) Audi R8 Ultra Q2 1:09.9992 01.0988
6 Erebus Motorsport Morgan Haber Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Q1 1:10.0289 01.1285
7 Darrell Lea Klark Quinn (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 Q1 1:10.2571 01.3567
8 Erebus Motorsport Max Twigg Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Q1 1:10.2915 01.3911
9 Interlloy M Motorsport Justin McMillan (Vic) Reiter Camaro GT3 Q1 1:10.3788 01.4784
10 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R Q2 1:10.4985 01.5981
11 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris (ACT) Porsche 997 GT3-R Q1 1:10.8495 01.9491
12 Miedecke Motor Group Andrew Miedecke (NSW) Aston Martin Vantage Q2 1:11.0640 02.1636
13 Voight Contracting Steve Voight (Qld) Porsche 997 GT3-R Q1 1:11.1473 02.2469
14 DeFelice Homes Tony DeFelice (Vic) Ferrari 458 GT3 Q2 1:11.2182 02.3178
15 Darrell Lea Anthony Quinn (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 Q1 1:11.2626 02.3622
16 Adina Apartment Hotels Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS Q2 1:11.4953 02.5949
17 HHH Racing/Triffid/ESP Michael Hovey (Qld) Ginetta G55 GT3 Q2 1:11.7374 02.8370
18 Objective Racing Tony Walls (Qld) McLaren 650S GT3 Q1 1:11.8630 02.9626
19 JAMEC PEM Racing Steven McLaughlan (Vic) Audi R8 Ultra Q2 1:11.9642 03.0638
20 Supabarn Supermarkets Theo Koundouris (ACT) Porsche 996 GT3-S Q1 1:12.0006 03.1002
21 Fastway Couriers Simon Ellinghham (NZ) Porsche GT3 Cup Car Q2 1:12.1048 03.2044
22 JJA Consulting Group Jan Jinadasa (Vic) Lamborghini LP560-4 Q2 1:12.3691 03.4687
23 Flying B Racing Peter Edwards (Vic) Bentley Continental Q2 1:12.6395 03.7391
24 Hogs Breath Cafe Mark Griffith (Qld) Audi R8 LMS Q2 1:12.7241 03.8237
25 Southern Star Developments Rob Smith (Vic) Audi R8 LMS Q2 1:14.4011 05.5007
26 Rentcorp Forklifts Indiran Padayachee Porsche GT3 Cup Car Q2 1:14.4015 05.5011
27 DPM Motorsport Dale Paterson (Vic) Reiter Camaro GT3 Q1 1:14.8894 05.9890
28 SAFE-T-STOP Richard Gartner (NSW) Porsche GT3 Cup Car Q2 1:15.0132 06.1128
29 Thomson Geer Lawyers Michael O’Donnell (SA) Porsche GT3 Cup Car Q2 1:16.6070 07.7066
30 Donut King Tony Alford (Qld) Nissan GTR Q2 1:18.1037 09.2033


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