Solomon awarded GT win after Quinn exclusion
Matt Solomon claimed his maiden Australian GT Championship victory following Tony Quinn’s post race exclusion from today’s heat.
The Eggleston Motorsport driver had secured second spot behind the Aston Martin of Quinn on corrected time, but the latter was excluded from the race for causing a multiple car crash on the opening lap.
Quinn made contact with Roger Lago’s Lamborghini on the exit of Turn 2 which sparked a chain reaction further down the pack.
John Magro (Lamborghini), Craig Baird (Mercedes), Dean Canto (Lamborghini), Glen Wood (Lamborghini) and Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari) were all eliminated from the race on the spot.
The race ended under Safety Car with just one full racing lap completed.
Vicious Rumour Racing’s Andrea Montermini took the chequered flag in the new Ferrari 488 GT3 but was demoted to 14th spot once his compulsory pit stop time was added.
As a result of Quinn’s exclusion, Jamec Pem Racing’s Steven McLaughlan inherited second with Klark Quinn’s McLaren in third.
Greg Taylor (Audi), George Miedecke (Aston Martin), Nathan Morcom (McLaren), Marcus Marshall (Audi), John Martin (Porsche), Andrew MacPherson (Porsche) and Nathan Antunes (McLaren) completed the top 10.
The Australian GT Championship returns to action on Sunday for Race 4, which is scheduled to begin at 1135 local time.
Result: Australian GT Championship Race 3
|1||Eggleston Motorsport||Matthew Solomon||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||6||21:03.8541|
|2||JAMEC PEM Racing||Stephen McLaughlan (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS||6||21:05.3087|
|3||Darrell Lea||Klark Quinn (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3||6||21:05.6017|
|4||GT Motorsport||Greg Taylor (NSW)||Audi R8 LMS||6||21:06.6426|
|5||Miedecke Motor group||George Miedecke (QLD)||Aston Martin Vantage||6||21:07.9666|
|6||Tekno||Nathan Morcom||McLaren 650S GT3||6||21:08.5614|
|7||Supabarn Supermarkets||Marcus Marshall||Audi R8 LMS||6||21:10.1904|
|8||Waltec Motorsport||John Martin||Porsche 997 GT3-R||6||21:10.4463|
|9||AMAC Motorsport||Andrew Macpherson (NSW)||Porsche 997 GT3-R||6||21:10.4905|
|10||SLR Tekno||Nathan Antunes (NSW)||McLaren 650S GT3||6||21:11.2239|
|11||Modena Engineering||Ricky Capo (VIC)||BMW Z4 GT3||6||21:11.5808|
|12||McLaren Melbourne||Jonathon Webb (NSW)||McLaren 650S GT3||6||21:14.6714|
|13||Rosso Verde Racing||Hector Lester||Ferrari 458 GT3||6||21:15.3313|
|14||DeFelice Homes||Andrea Montermini (ITA)||Ferrari 488 GT3||6||21:15.4310|
|15||JAMEC PEM Racing||Christopher Mies (Ger)||Audi R8 LMS||6||21:16.0910|
|16||Fire Rating Solutions||Matthew Turnbull (VIC)||Lamborghini LP-560 G||6||21:16.2358|
|17||SR Motorsport||Steve Richards (VIC)||BMW M6 GT3||6||21:16.9490|
|18||Koala Motorsport||Brenton Griguol (SA)||Ferrari F430 GT3||6||21:17.9286|
|19||Bondi Wholefoods||Ash Samadi (VIC)||Mercedes Benz AMG SL||6||21:18.3508|
|20||Fastway Couriers||Simon Ellingham (NZ)||Audi R8 Ultra||6||21:18.8563|
|21||Maranello Motorsport||Cameron McConville (VIC)||Ferrari 458 GT3||6||21:21.8499|
|22||Performance West||Alex Rullo (WA)||Lamborghini Gallardo||6||21:22.2472|
|DNF||Objective Racing||Tony Walls (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3|
|DNF||JBS Australia||Roger Lago (QLD)||Lamborghini R-EX|
|DNF||M Motorsport||John Magro (QLD)||Lamborghini Gallardo|
|DNF||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Craig Baird (QLD)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT|
|DNF||Taplin Real Estate||Dean Canto (SA)||Lamborghini Gallardo|
|DNF||Interlloy M Motorsport||Glen Wood (VIC)||Lamborghini R-EX|
|DNF||Maranello Motorsport||Tony D’Alberto (VIC)||Ferrari 488 GT3|
|EXC||Darrell Lea||Tony Quinn (QLD)||Aston Martin Vantage|