Lago error hands Walls Aus GT victory
A final lap lock up from Roger Lago handed Tony Walls victory in a drama-filled Australian GT race at the Clipsal 500.
Lago seemed on course to record his second win of the weekend when an error on the last lap saw him miss his braking spot and run down the escape road at Turn 4 ending his race.
The mistake handed the Walls’ McLaren 650S the victory from the Glen Wood/Justin McMillan Lamborghini, while Eggleston Motorsport’s Matt Solomon claimed third.
Once again it proved to be an eventful race with the Safety Car called on the opening lap when Peter Hackett’s new Mercedes AMG GT tagged the James Koundouris Audi R8 at Turn 3 putting them both out the race.
The Darrell Lea McLaren of Klark Quinn was also damaged in the incident.
Lago led the field prior to the caution from the Tekno McLaren 650S of Jonathon Webb and the Mercedes AMG GT of Craig Baird.
A hard charging Baird soon found himself in the lead shortly after the restart following moves on Webb and Lago.
Aided by a shorter compulsory pit stop time Lago rejoined the race in second, with Baird handing the Mercedes to Scott Taylor with a comfortable lead.
However, a brush with the wall at Turn 1 allowed Lago to catch and pass Taylor for the lead.
Once in front Lago seemed in control before the final lap drama which ended his race when he hit the wall while attempting a flick spin to recover.
This lifted Walls and Wood, who both passed the struggling Taylor, into first and second.
Wood pushed Walls hard on the final but the McLaren driver just held on to claim the win.
Solomon’s run to third was not without incident as the Mercedes driver tagged Greg Taylor’s Audi into a spin late in the encounter.
Meanwhile, Dean Canto brought the Lamborghini he is sharing with Andrew Taplin to fourth, ahead of the Aaron Tebb/John Martin Porsche, which started from 25th on the grid.
Scott Taylor finished sixth in his Mercedes AMG GT3 in front of Mark Griffith (Mercedes), Ricky Capo (BMW), Nathan Morcom and Simon Ellingham (Audi).
Result: Australian GT Clipsal 500 Race 3
|1||Objective Racing||Tony Walls (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3||25||39:36.3613|
|2||Interlloy M Motorsport||J.McMillan/G.Wood||Lamborghini R-EX||25||39:36.7185|
|3||Eggleston Motorsport||Matthew Solomon||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||25||39:38.2301|
|4||Taplin Real Estate||A.Taplin/D.Canto||Lamborghini Gallardo||25||39:45.6741|
|5||Waltec Motorsport||J.Martin/A.Tebb||Porsche 997 GT3-R||25||40:00.0394|
|6||Scott Taylor Motorsport||S.Taylor/C.Baird||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||25||40:06.0739|
|7||Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co||Mark Griffith (QLD)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||25||40:07.5536|
|8||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo (VIC)||BMW Z4 GT3||25||40:10.3666|
|9||Tekno||Nathan Morcom||McLaren 650S GT3||25||40:10.3867|
|10||HBS Motorsports||Simon Ellinghham (NZ)||Audi R8 Ultra||25||40:16.2215|
|11||Adina Apartment Hotels||Greg Taylor (NSW)||Audi R8 LMS||25||40:22.3905|
|12||JAMEC PEM Racing||C.Mies/G.Emery||Audi R8 LMS||25||40:22.5098|
|13||Darrell Lea||K.Quinn/T.Quinn||McLaren 650S GT3||25||40:28.9810|
|14||AMAC Motorsport||Andrew Macpherson (NSW)||Porsche 997 GT3-R||25||40:31.9513|
|15||SR Motorsport||S.Richards/M.Twigg||BMW M6 GT3||25||40:41.0320|
|16||M Motorsport||Hayden Cooper (QLD)||Lamborghini Gallardo||25||40:48.2245|
|17||JAMEC PEM Racing||Steven McLaughlan (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS||25||40:52.0532|
|18||Skwirk Online Education||Rod Salmon (NSW)||Audi R8 Ultra||25||40:54.2014|
|19||Koala Motorsport||B.Griguol/T.Macrow||Ferrari F430 GT3||24||39:43.9849|
|20||Team ASR||Ash Samadi||Mercedes Benz AMG SL||24||39:45.5120|
|21||McLaren Melbourne||J.Webb/G.Denyer||McLaren 650S GT3||24||40:13.9972|
|22||Veloce Motorsportn – ULX110||Keith Wong (SA)||Porsche GT3 Cup Car||24||40:24.3876|
|23||Tekno||N.Antunes/E.Barbour||McLaren 650S GT3||20||40:32.3827|
|DNF||JBS Australia||Roger Lago (QLD)||Lamborghini R-EX||24||38:02.7959|
|DNF||Supabarn Supermarkets||James Koundouris (ACT)||Audi R8 LMS|
|DNF||Eggleston Motorsport||Peter Hackett (VIC)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT|