Morcom denies Simonsen GT victory at AGP
Nathan Morcom clinched the first Australian GT Championship race victory for Tekno Autosports’ McLaren squad in a rain affected second heat at Albert Park.
The McLaren driver crossed the finish line in second but was awarded the victory once compulsory pit stop times were added post race, which denied Benny Simonsen from scoring a first win for the new Ferrari 488 GT3.
Simonsen had led the majority of the race but the Dane saw his comfortable lead vanish when he ran wide at Turn 15 in the closing stages as rain fell.
As a result of the added race times, Simonsen was demoted to third, while the McLaren of Klark Quinn, which finished third on the road, was promoted to second.
The Tekno Autosport McLaren of Elliot Barbour came home in fourth head of his team-mate Grant Denyer.
Morcom, Simonsen, Barbour and Denyer had all elected to start on slicks; a decision that proved a masterstroke as the majority of the pack pitted at the end of the sighting lap to change to the dry rubber.
Scott Taylor, Peter Edwards and Max Twigg were among those to remain on their wets, featuring early before falling back through the pack as the track dried.
Geoff Emery managed to bring the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi R8 to the flag in sixth, with the Waltec Motorsport Porsche GT3R of Aaron Tebb in seventh.
The Aston Martin of Andrew Miedecke was seventh, while Roger Lago (Lamborghini) and Tony Quinn in his new Aston Martin rounded out the top 10.
Provisional result: Australian GT Race 2, Albert Park
|1||Tekno||Nathan Morcom||McLaren 650S GT3||11||22:30.9298|
|2||Darrell Lea||Klark Quinn (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3||11||22:37.3904|
|3||DeFelice Homes||Benny Simonsen (DK)||Ferrari 488 GT3||11||22:43.1417|
|4||SLR Tekno||Elliot Barbour (VIC)||McLaren 650S GT3||11||22:53.2711|
|5||McLaren Melbourne||Grant Denyer (NSW)||McLaren 650S GT3||11||23:13.4300|
|6||JAMEC PEM Racing||Geoff Emery (TAS)||Audi R8 LMS||11||23:21.2102|
|7||Waltec Motorsport||Aaron Tebb (QLD)||Porsche 997 GT3-R||11||23:21.4240|
|8||Miedecke Motor group||Andrew Miedecke (NSW)||Aston Martin Vantag||11||23:25.5816|
|9||JBS Australia||Roger Lago (QLD)||Lamborghini R-EX||11||23:28.0567|
|10||Darrell Lea||Tony Quinn (QLD)||Aston Martin Vantag||11||23:33.3887|
|11||Eggleston Motorsport||Matthew Solomon||Mercedes Benz AMG G||11||23:34.0814|
|12||M Motorsport||John Magro (QLD)||Lamborghini Gallard||11||23:41.5565|
|13||Objective Racing||Tony Walls (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3||11||23:47.7501|
|14||Supabarn Supermarkets||James Koundouris (ACT)||Audi R8 LMS||11||23:54.7864|
|15||JAMEC PEM Racing||Stephen McLaughlan (VIC||Audi R8 LMS||11||23:55.1832|
|16||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Scott Taylor (QLD)||Mercedes Benz AMG G||11||23:58.9450|
|17||Fastway Couriers||Tim Miles (NSW)||Audi R8 Ultra||11||24:02.1325|
|18||Interlloy M Motorsport||Justin McMillan (VIC)||Lamborghini R-EX||11||24:07.4660|
|19||Taplin Real Estate||Andrew Taplin (SA)||Lamborghini Gallard||11||24:09.7118|
|20||SR Motorsport||Max Twigg (VIC)||BMW M6 GT3||11||24:16.8111|
|21||Fire Rating Solutions||Matthew Turnbull (VIC)||Lamborghini LP-560||11||24:21.0606|
|22||GT Motorsport||Greg Taylor (NSW)||Audi R8 LMS||11||24:22.4292|
|23||Maranello Motorsport||Peter Edwards (VIC)||Ferrari 488 GT3||11||24:24.4816|
|24||Bondi Wholefoods||Ash Samadi (VIC)||Mercedes Benz AMG S||10||23:09.1046|
|25||Rosso Verde Racing||Hector Lester||Ferrari 458 GT3||10||23:21.1575|
|26||AMAC Motorsport||Andrew Macpherson (NSW)||Porsche 997 GT3-R||10||23:36.5133|
|27||Maranello Motorsport||Adrian Deitz (NSW)||Ferrari 458 GT3||9||24:40.7180|
|DNF||Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co||Mark Griffith (QLD)||Mercedes Benz AMG G||9||19:20.0294|
|DNF||Skwirk Online Education||Rod Salmon (NSW)||Audi R8 Ultra||9||19:52.1861|
|DNF||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo (VIC)||BMW Z4 GT3||4||9:12.3225|
|DNF||Performance West||Peter Rullo (WA)||Lamborghini Gallard||1||3:32.0520|