Bates doubles up amid race-stopping Turn 8 crash
Tony Bates doubled his winning tally in Race 3 of the Australian GT Championship at Adelaide, which was halted for several minutes after a major multi-car crash at Turn 8.
Tim Miles made heavy contact with the outside wall on Lap 2, and was hit hard by Dean Canto on the latter’s way past, lifting the Canto/Jim Manolios Lamborghini Huracan into the air.
Kelvin van der Linde also clipped the Miles Lamborghini as he attempted to evade the carnage, but continued on with a piece missing from the door-skin of the #74 Jamec Pem Audi.
Both drivers were unhurt and exited their vehicles, but the red flags were thrown out to allow officials to reposition the concrete wall.
Roger Lago, who won the start, led the field away when racing resumed nearly 15 minutes later, and held the place until he was among the last to make his compulsory pit stop.
Race 1 winner Bates inherited first position at the completion of the pit cycle, just over a second ahead of Lago, but the debutante soon came under pressure from the #23 Lamborghini.
Bates managed to hold on to win the race and round in his Mercedes, with Lago finishing runner-up in both.
Tony Walls (McLaren) was third and Race 2 winner Peter Major (Lamborghini) fourth, the latter making the round podium, with Max Twigg (Mercedes) fifth.
Liam Talbot (Porsche) finished sixth, despite a late-race coming-together with Greg Taylor which saw the #5 Audi end up in the wall entering the racecourse section of the circuit.
Michael Hovey/Daniel Jilesen (Lamborghini), Mark Griffith (Mercedes), van der Linde/Geoff Emery, and Ash Samadi (Audi) made up the top ten.
Fraser Ross/Come Ledogar (McLaren) finished one position outside the top ten by virtue of a 10-second post-race penalty issued to the #59 Tekno entry due to multiple starting procedure infringements.
Ledogar had gone on a charge in the latter stint of the race, highlighted by a bold move past Samadi into Turn 1 and the setting of the fastest on Lap 11
Ash Walsh/James Koundouris were only 16th after Walsh ran the Supabarn Audi up the Turn 4 run-off area while running second prior to the opening of the CPS window.
Scott Taylor/Craig Baird (Mercedes) finished 18th having incurred a flat tyre in the second lap carnage, while Steven Richards/James Bergmuller were a position worse off as technical problems continued to plague the BMW.
Steve McLaughlan sat out the race for the second day in a row due to neck soreness.
Round 2 of the Australian GT Championship takes place at the Australian Grand Prix from March 23-26.
Race Results: Race 3, Adelaide
|1||Moveitnet/AFS||Tony Bates (VIC)||Mercedes AMG GTS GT3||18||39:37.2440|
|2||JBS Australia||Roger Lago (Qld)||Lamborghini R-EX||18||39:37.3838|
|3||Objective Racing||Tony Walls (NSW)||McLaren 650S GT3||18||39:49.7989|
|4||PM Motorsport||Peter Major (WA)||Lamborghini R-EX||18||39:57.4540|
|5||Australian Engineered Flooring||Max Twigg (Vic)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||18||40:02.8939|
|6||Mega Racing||Liam Talbot (Qld)||Porsche 911 GT3-R||18||40:03.6270|
|7||HHH Triffid Racing||M.Hovey/D.Jilesen||Lamborghini R-EX||18||40:06.3230|
|8||Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co||Mark Griffith (Qld)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||18||40:09.1350|
|9||Valvoline||K.van der Linde/G.Emery||Audi R8 LMS||18||40:13.8269|
|10||Ah Apartments||Ash Samadi (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS||18||40:13.8341|
|11||Tekno||F.Ross/C.Ledogar||McLaren 650S GT3||18||40:14.0208|
|12||Bank SA||B.Griguol/T.Macrow||Lamborghini R-EX||18||40:20.1706|
|13||Hallmarc Constructions||Marc Cini (Vic)||Audi R8 LMS||18||40:34.7669|
|14||AMAC Motorsport||Andrew MacPherson (NSW)||Porsche 997 GT3-R||18||40:43.6122|
|15||Veloce Motorsport – ULX110||Keith Wong (SA)||Porsche GT3 Cup||18||40:47.2668|
|16||Supabarn Supermarkets||J.Koundouris/A.Walsh||Audi R8 LMS||18||40:49.7524|
|17||Shoal/Thomson Geer Lawyers||Michael O’Donnell (SA)||Porsche GT3 Cup||18||40:56.4282|
|18||Scott Taylor Motorsport||S.Taylor/C.Baird||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||17||39:37.9528|
|19||BMW Team SRM||S.Richards/J.Bergmuller||BMW M6 GT3||17||40:39.4628|
|DNF||GT Motorsport||G.Taylor/N.Antunes||Audi R8 LMS||13||33:04.3856|
|DNF||Hungry Jacks||Tim Miles (NSW)||Lamborghini R-EX||1||1:32.6308|
|DNF||Haemokinesis/Pire||Dean Canto (SA)||Lamborghini Huracan||1||1:33.0982|
Round Results: Championship class, Round 1
|1||Tony Bates (VIC)||189|
|2||Roger Lago (Qld)||180|
|3||Peter Major (WA)||161|
|4||Liam Talbot (Qld)||111|
|5||Tony Walls (NSW)||92|
|7||Mark Griffith (Qld)||66|
|9||K.van der Linde/G.Emery||59|
|10||Max Twigg (Vic)||57|
|13||Tim Miles (NSW)||36|
|15||Ash Samadi (VIC)||26|
|17||Dean Canto (SA)||24|
|18||Steven McLaughlan (Vic)||20|
|19||Marc Cini (Vic)||17|
|20||Andrew MacPherson (NSW)||16|
|21||Justin McMillan (VIC)||15|
|23||Tony Quinn (Qld)||0|
|24||John Bowe (Vic)||0|
|25||Yasser Shahin (SA)||0|