Morcom denies Simonsen GT victory at AGP

Nathan Morcom on his way to victory in Race 2

Nathan Morcom on his way to victory in Race 2

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

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