New Ferrari 488 stripped of Albert Park GT pole

The Maranello Motorsport and Vicious Rumour Racing Ferrari 488 GT3s will not score points on its global racing debut

The Maranello Motorsport and Vicious Rumour Racing Ferrari 488 GT3s will not score points on its global racing debut

The Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 has been stripped of pole position for its global race debut at Albert Park following a technical infringement.

Tony D’Alberto landed pole position courtesy of a 1:54.88s set in the opening session, but the entry was excluded from the results following final qualifying.

The Vicious Rumour Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, which had qualified fourth overall, was also excluded from Qualifying 1 due to a technical infringement with the car.

Today’s GT qualifying saw combined times taken from two sessions, with 20 minutes for Driver A in the morning and a further 20 minutes for the B drivers in the afternoon.

As a result, the Jamec-Pem Audi R8 of reigning Australian GT champion Christopher Mies and Geoff Emery will start from pole following the German’s 1:54.9s effort in Q1.

Maranello Motorsport will start from the back of the grid while Vicious Rumour Racing will start from ninth after Benny Simonsen topped Q2 in the Tony De Felice owned entry.

The qualifying exclusion for Maranello Motorsport and Vicious Rumour Racing comes on top of confirmation prior to practice that Ferrari’s latest GT3 offering will not be eligible for points at this weekend’s second round of the season.

With homologation paperwork failing to be lodged before Wednesday’s deadline, both cars are running as invitational entries.

The Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 fell foul of the same issue two weeks ago preventing it from scoring points last the Clipsal 500 season opener, but has received sign-off to score points this weekend.

The Tekno McLaren 650S of Jonathon Webb and Grant Denyer will join the Jamec-Pem Audi on the front row with the Scott Taylor/Craig Baird Mercedes AMG GT3 in third.

Dean Canto and Andrew Taplin will start from fourth ahead of the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi R8 of James Koundouris and Marcus Marshall.

The second outing was stopped four minutes early when the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport run Peter Rullo/Alex Rullo Lamborghini stopped on track.

This weekend’s format will see the A drivers start Races 1 and 3, with the B drivers in for the start of Races 2 and 4.

George Miedecke (Aston Martin), Matthew Solomon (Mercedes),  Cameron McConville (Ferrari) and John Martin (Porsche) complete the top 10.

Result: Australian GT Championship Qualifying, Albert Park 

1 JAMEC PEM Racing  C.Mies/G.Emery Audi R8 LMS 1:54.9059*
2 McLaren Melbourne  J.Webb/G.Denyer McLaren 650S GT3 1:55.6953 00.7894
3 Scott Taylor Motorsport  Scott Taylor (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:56.0252 01.1193
4 Taplin Real Estate  D.Canto/A.Taplin Lamborghini Gallardo 1:56.0750 01.1691
5 Supabarn Supermarkets  M.Marshall/J.Koundouris Audi R8 LMS 1:56.1138 01.2079
6 Miedecke Motor group  G.Miedecke/A.Miedecke Aston Martin Vantage 1:56.3432 01.4373
7 Eggleston Motorsport  Matthew Solomon Mercedes Benz AMG GT 1:56.7648 01.8589
8 Maranello Motorsport  C.McConville/A.Deitz Ferrari 458 GT3 1:56.7840 01.8781
9 DeFelice Homes  Benny Simonsen (DK) Ferrari 488 GT3 1:56.8768 01.9709
10 Waltec Motorsport  J.Martin/A.Tebb Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:56.9646 02.0587
11 SR Motorsport  S.Richards/M.Twigg BMW M6 GT3 1:57.1153 02.2094
12 Interlloy M Motorsport  Justin McMillan (VIC) Lamborghini R-EX 1:57.1890 02.2831
13 JBS Australia  Roger Lago (QLD) Lamborghini R-EX 1:57.3623 02.4564
14 Darrell Lea  Klark Quinn (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:57.3749 02.4690
15 Tekno  Nathan Morcom McLaren 650S GT3 1:57.7911 02.8852
16 SLR Tekno  N.Antunes/E.Barbour McLaren 650S GT3 1:58.0713 03.1654
17 Darrell Lea  Tony Quinn (QLD) Aston Martin Vantage 1:59.0762 04.1703
18 Modena Engineering  Ricky Capo (VIC) BMW Z4 GT3 1:59.5270 04.6211
19 Objective Racing  Tony Walls (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 1:59.8119 04.9060
20 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith C  Mark Griffith (QLD) Mercedes Benz AMG GT 2:00.4713 05.5654
21 GT Motorsport  Greg Taylor (NSW) Audi R8 LMS 2:00.5562 05.6503
22 Rosso Verde Racing  Hector Lester Ferrari 458 GT3 2:00.6503 05.7444
23 M Motorsport  John Magro (QLD) Lamborghini Gallardo 2:01.4821 06.5762
24 JAMEC PEM Racing  Stephen McLaughlan (VIC) Audi R8 LMS 2:01.5467 06.6408
25 Koala Motorsport  Tim Macrow (VIC) Ferrari F430 GT3 2:02.9617 08.0558
26 Bondi Wholefoods  Ash Samadi (VIC) Mercedes Benz AMG SL 2:03.1159 08.2100
27 Performance West  Peter Rullo (WA) Lamborghini Gallardo 2:03.4204 08.5145
28 Fastway Couriers  Tim Miles (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 2:03.5864 08.6805
29 Skwirk Online Education  Rod Salmon (NSW) Audi R8 Ultra 2:03.8536 08.9477
30 Fire Rating Solutions  Matthew Turnbull (VIC) Lamborghini LP-560 G 2:05.5923 10.6864
31 AMAC Motorsport  Andrew Macpherson (NSW) Porsche 997 GT3-R 2:06.4121 11.5062
32 Maranello Motorsport  Peter Edwards (VIC) Ferrari 488 GT3 2:07.8452 12.9393

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