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Thursday 3rd March, 2016 - 7:09pm

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Christopher Mies was the star of the Australian GT field

Christopher Mies was the star of the Australian GT field

Christopher Mies produced an impressive display to secure pole position for the opening round of the Australian GT Championship.

The reigning champion once again showed his class in what was an incident packed session at the Adelaide Parklands circuit.

Mies, driving the #1 Jamec Pem Audi R8, steadily improved throughout the hit-out before lowering his best time to 1:20.2s.

The new lap record proved to be 0.6s quicker than the next best belonging to the new Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 of Craig Baird.

Tekno Autosports’ Nathan Antunes will share the second row alongside the squad’s sister McLaren 650S piloted by Nathan Morcom.

Marcus Marshall was lucky to avoid damage when he spun the Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 at Turn 1 before ending the session in fifth.

The Lamborghini Extenso of Roger Lago was sixth while Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S), Dominic Storey (Mercedes AMG GT3), John Martin (Porshce 911 GT3-R) and Matt Solomon (Mercedes AMG GT3) rounded out the top 10.

Meanwhile, former full-time V8 Supercars driver Jonathon Webb was 11th fastest ahead of the Andrew Taplin/Dean Canto Lamborghini. The BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 driven by Steven Richards was 14th fastest.

Mark Griffith endured a difficult qualifying session after clouting the wall twice in his brand new Mercedes AMG GT3.

It proved to be an eventful day for AMAC Motorsport after a heavy crash in opening practice rendered its Porsche out of action.

Luckily the team was able to deploy its spare 911 GT3-R for qualifying which resulted in 25th spot on the 26 car grid.

The opening race of the Australian GT Championship is scheduled to begin at 12:25 local time on Friday.

Result: Australian GT Combined Qualifying

1 JAMEC PEM Racing C.Mies/G.Emery Audi R8 LMS 1:20.2039R
2 Scott Taylor Motorsport S.Taylor/C.Baird Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:20.6530r 00.4491
3 Tekno N.Antunes/E.Barbour McLaren 650S GT3 1:20.8621 00.6582
4 Tekno Nathan Morcom McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.0813 00.8774
5 Supabarn Supermarkets J.Koundouris/M.Marshall Audi R8 LMS 1:21.3064 01.1025
6 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX 1:21.3496 01.1457
7 Darrell Lea K.Quinn/T.Quinn McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.5231 01.3192
8 Eggleston Motorsport P.Hackett/D.Storey Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:21.5632 01.3593
9 Waltec Motorsport John Martin Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:21.5703 01.3664
10 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew Solomon Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:21.6853 01.4814
11 McLaren Melbourne J.Webb/G.Denyer McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.7215 01.5176
12 Taplin Real Estate A.Taplin/D.Canto Lamborghini Gallardo 1:21.7219 01.5180
13 Interlloy M Motorsport J.McMillan/G.Wood Lamborghini R-EX 1:22.6065 02.4026
14 SR Motorsport S.Richards/M.Twigg BMW M6 GT3 1:22.6806 02.4767
15 Objective Racing Tony Walls (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:22.9321 02.7282
16 Adina Apartment Hotels Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.4407 03.2368
17 JAMEC PEM Racing Steven McLaughlan (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.5369 03.3330
18 M Motorsport J.Magro/H.Cooper Lamborghini Gallardo 1:23.6145 03.4106
19 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co Mark Griffith (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:23.6300 03.4261
20 Modena Engineering Ricky Capo (VIC) BMW Z4 GT3 1:23.7016 03.4977
21 HBS Motorsports Simon Ellinghham (NZ) Audi R8 Ultra 1:24.2328 04.0289
22 Koala Motorsport B.Griguol/T.Macrow Ferrari F430 GT3 1:24.3008 04.0969
23 Team ASR Ash Samadi Mercedes Benz AMG SL 1:24.3300 04.1261
24 Skwirk Online Education Rod Salmon (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 1:25.8675 05.6636
25 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:27.9641 07.7602
26 Veloce Motorsportn – ULX110 Keith Wong (SA) 1:28.5473 08.3434

Result: Australian GT Qualifying 2

1 JAMEC PEM Racing Christopher Mies (Ger) Audi R8 LMS 1:20.2039R
2 Scott Taylor Motorsport Craig Baird (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:20.6530r 00.4491
3 Tekno Nathan Antunes (NSW) McLaren 650S GT3 1:20.8621 00.6582
4 Tekno Nathan Morcom McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.0813 00.8774
5 Supabarn Supermarkets Marcus Marshall Audi R8 LMS 1:21.3064 01.1025
6 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX 1:21.3496 01.1457
7 Darrell Lea Klark Quinn (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.5231 01.3192
8 Eggleston Motorsport Dominic Storey Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:21.5632 01.3593
9 Waltec Motorsport John Martin Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:21.5703 01.3664
10 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew Solomon Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:21.6853 01.4814
11 McLaren Melbourne Jonathon Webb (NSW) McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.7215 01.5176
12 Interlloy M Motorsport Glen Wood (VIC) Lamborghini R-EX 1:22.6065 02.4026
13 SR Motorsport Steve Richards (VIC) BMW M6 GT3 1:22.6806 02.4767
14 Objective Racing Tony Walls (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:22.9321 02.7282
15 Adina Apartment Hotels Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.4407 03.2368
16 Taplin Real Estate Andrew Taplin (SA) Lamborghini Gallardo 1:23.5246 03.3207
17 JAMEC PEM Racing Steven McLaughlan (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.5369 03.3330
18 Modena Engineering Ricky Capo (VIC) BMW Z4 GT3 1:23.7016 03.4977
19 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co Mark Griffith (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:23.8087 03.6048
20 HBS Motorsports Simon Ellinghham (NZ) Audi R8 Ultra 1:24.2328 04.0289
21 Koala Motorsport Tim Macrow (VIC) Ferrari F430 GT3 1:24.3008 04.0969
22 Team ASR Ash Samadi Mercedes Benz AMG SL 1:24.3300 04.1261
23 M Motorsport Hayden Cooper (QLD) Lamborghini Gallardo 1:25.3058 05.1019
24 Skwirk Online Education Rod Salmon (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 1:27.3828 07.1789
25 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:27.9641 07.7602
26 Veloce Motorsportn – ULX110 Keith Wong (SA) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:29.8294 09.6255

Result: Australian GT Qualifying 1

1 Taplin Real Estate Dean Canto (SA) Lamborghini Gallardo 1:21.7219
2 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris (ACT) Audi R8 LMS 1:22.2019 00.4800
3 Tekno Elliot Barbour McLaren 650S GT3 1:22.3463 00.6244
4 McLaren Melbourne Grant Denyer (NSW) McLaren 650S GT3 1:22.4749 00.7530
5 JBS Australia Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX 1:22.7152 00.9933
6 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett (VIC) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:22.7200 00.9981
7 JAMEC PEM Racing Geoff Emery (TAS) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.2225 01.5006
8 Eggleston Motorsport Matthew Solomon Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:23.2561 01.5342
9 Darrell Lea Tony Quinn McLaren 650S GT3 1:23.4421 01.7202
10 M Motorsport John Magro (QLD) Lamborghini Gallardo 1:23.6145 01.8926
11 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co Mark Griffith (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:23.6300 01.9081
12 JAMEC PEM Racing Steven McLaughlan (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 1:23.8085 02.0866
13 Objective Racing Tony Walls (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:24.3089 02.5870
14 Interlloy M Motorsport Justin McMillan (VIC) Lamborghini R-EX 1:24.3434 02.6215
15 Waltec Motorsport John Martin Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:24.3859 02.6640
16 SR Motorsport Max Twigg (VIC) BMW M6 GT3 1:24.5297 02.8078
17 Modena Engineering Ricky Capo (VIC) BMW Z4 GT3 1:24.6394 02.9175
18 Adina Apartment Hotels Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 1:25.2450 03.5231
19 Tekno Nathan Morcom McLaren 650S GT3 1:25.2629 03.5410
20 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:25.6342 03.9123
21 Skwirk Online Education Rod Salmon (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 1:25.8675 04.1456
22 HBS Motorsports Simon Ellinghham (NZ) Audi R8 Ultra 1:26.3391 04.6172
23 Team ASR Ash Samadi Mercedes Benz AMG SL 1:26.3600 04.6381
24 Veloce Motorsportn – ULX110 Keith Wong (SA) Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:28.5473 06.8254
25 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:28.5971 06.8752
26 Koala Motorsport Brenton Griguol (SA) Ferrari F430 GT3 1:29.9486 08.2267

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