van der Linde takes AGT pole on Adelaide streets

Kelvin van der Linde

Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery will start from pole position for Race 1 of the Australian GT Championship in Adelaide.

Roger Lago set the pace in Qualifying 2 but could not dislodge the factory Audi driver, with the starting grid set by the fastest lap for each car across the two 20-minute sessions.

van der Linde, driving the #74 Jamec Pem Audi R8, had topped Qualifying 1 by 0.3s from Ash Walsh in the James Koundouris Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8.

Q2 began as a shootout between Steve McLaughlan (#75 Audi R8) and Koundouris, before Roger Lago (#23 Lamborghini) went fastest.

Koundouris hit back but Lago went top for the rest of Q2 just beyond the halfway mark.

Fraser Ross (#59 McLaren) eventually saw off Peter Major (#14 Lamborghini) in the battle for second, in what was a relatively trouble-free session.

van der Linde/Geoff Emery will lead the field out for Race 1 alongside Walsh/Koundouris, as the Top 7 from Q1 remained unchanged.

Ironically, Lago’s Q2 benchmark would have placed him eighth in the earlier session, where he finished anyway.

Race 1 will be held over 40 minutes from 1035 ACDT (1105 AEDT) on Friday.

Grid: Australian GT Championship Race 1, Clipsal 500

Pos Car Competitor/Team Driver Vehicle Q2 Time Q1 Time Best Time R1 CTPS
1 74 Jamec Pem Racing Geoff Emery/Kelvin van der Linde Audi R8 LMS 1:22.067 1:20.452 1:20.452 89
2 44 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris/Ash Walsh Audi R8 LMS 1:22.046 1:20.804 1:20.804 82
3 5 GT Motorsport Greg Taylor/Nathan Antunes Audi R8 LMS 1:22.292 1:21.074 1:21.074 73
4 59 Tekno Autosports Fraser Ross/Come Ledogar McLaren 650S GT3 1:21.803 1:21.190 1:21.190 92
5 29 Pirelli/Trofeo Motorsport Jim Manolios/Dean Canto Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1:31.132 1:21.442 1:21.442 74
6 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor/Craig Baird Mercedes-AMG GT3 1:26.068 1:21.454 1:21.454 78
7 23 JBS Australia Roger Lago Lamborghini R-EX 1:21.460 1:22.070 1:21.460 57
8 69 Koala Motorsport Brenton Griguol/Tim Macrow Lamborghini R-EX 1:25.588 1:21.561 1:21.561 63
9 24 Eggleston Motorsport Tony Bates Mercedes-AMG GT3 1:21.914 1:22.744 1:21.914 50
10 14 Peter Major Peter Major Lamborghini R-EX 1:21.934 1:23.538 1:21.934 54
11 100 BMW Team SRM Steve Richards/James Bergmuller BMW M6 GT3 1:24.581 1:22.073 1:22.073 73
12 911 Walkinshaw GT3 Liam Talbot Porsche 911 GT3-R 1:22.282 1:22.839 1:22.282 58
13 48 Interlloy M Motorsport Justin McMillan/Glen Wood Lamborghini R-EX 1:25.272 1:22.506 1:22.506 56
14 73 Triffid.Bar.Venue Michael Hovey/Daniel Jilesen Lamborghini R-EX 1:24.719 1:22.833 1:22.833 56
15 3 Bondi Wholefoods Ash Samadi Audi R8 LMS 1:22.932 1:23.713 1:22.932 46
16 75 Jamec Pem Racing Steve McLaughlan Audi R8 LMS 1:23.089 1:24.622 1:23.089 50
17 11 Objective Racing Tony Walls McLaren 650S GT3 1:23.185 1:23.991 1:23.185 50
18 19 Hogs Breath Café/Griffith Corporation Mark Griffith Mercedes-AMG GT3 1:23.628 1:24.381 1:23.628 50
19 8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Max Twigg Mercedes-AMG GT3 1:23.737 1:24.243 1:23.737 58
20 9 Hallmarc Construction Marc Cini Audi R8 LMS 1:24.057 1:24.808 1:24.057 50
21 4 McElrea Racing Tim Miles Lamborghini R-EX 1:24.280 1:25.037 1:24.280 48
22 7 Darrell Lea Tony Quinn McLaren 650S GT3 1:24.668 1:24.668 54
23 51 AMAC Motorsport Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels Porsche 997 GT3-R 1:27.563 1:27.010 1:27.010 46
24 777 The Bend Motorsport Complex Yasser Shahin Lamborghini R-EX 1:27.240 1:27.240 64
25 15 Veloce Motorsport/ULX110 Keith Wong/Michael Almond Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:28.065 1:28.065 55
26 68 Michael O’Donnell Michael O’Donnell Porsche GT3 Cup Car 1:32.554 1:32.554 42

 

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