Walkinshaw Porsche throttle fixed for Highlands
Walkinshaw Racing has resolved a throttle body problem which had plagued Liam Talbot’s and John Martin’s Porsche ahead of this weekend’s Highlands 501.
The #911 Mega Racing 911 GT3-R finished fourth in the previous Australian Endurance Championship round at Hampton Downs, languishing with a throttle body issue in the latter stages of the race which cost them approximately five seconds per lap.
However, the team since resolved the drama, which also affected them during qualifying for the Australian GT Championship round at Townsville in July.
Talbot says that Walkinshaw Racing will prioritise a race win at the Otago circuit despite the duo being an outside chance of winning the championship.
“We had issues at Townsville with the throttle body, but it crept in at Hampton Downs again,” said Talbot.
“It’s all replaced though and all fixed so I know it won’t be a problem.
“The boys have been working hard and prepped the car so we’re in a really good window – I can’t wait for the weekend.
“There’s no focus on the championship for us, it’s just going for the race win.”
Meanwhile, Roger Lago and David Russell are also ready to tackle the Highlands 501, after the Lago Racing Lamborghini RE-X was repaired over the break following a crash for the former during practice for the Hampton Downs event.
Lago lost control of the Lamborghini on the exit of Turn 7 in slippery conditions during Practice 3, making contact with the concrete barrier and causing heavy damage to the front-right of the car.
The team did not have the spare parts available to make the repair overnight, however they have managed to do so between events.
The Highlands 501 will take place from November 10-12.
Entry list: Round 4, Highlands 501
|6||Timken Zagame Autosport||Lamborghini Huracan||Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville|
|7||Darrell Lea||McLaren 650S GT3||Tony Quinn/Andrew Waite|
|8||WM Waste Management||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto|
|19||Hogs Breath Cage/Griffith Corporation||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Scott Hookey/Mark Griffith|
|23||JBS Australia||Lamborghini R-EX||Roger Lago/David Russell|
|48||M Motorsport Interlloy||Lamborghini R-EX||Justin McMillan/Glen Wood|
|51||AMAC Motorsport||Lamborghini Huracan||Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels|
|58||YNA Autosport/McElrea Racing||McLaren 650S GT3||Fraser Ross/Alvaro Parente|
|63||Autex Eggleston Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Peter Hackett/Dominic Storey|
|75||Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing||Audi R8 LMS||Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans|
|77||Darrell Lea||McLaren 650S GT3||Mike Whiddett/Shane van Gisbergen|
|82||Bolt Masters||Audi R8 LMS||Andrew Bagnell/Matt Halliday|
|100||BMW Team SRM||BMW M6 GT3||Dylan O’Keeffe/Steve Richards|
|911||MEGA Racing||Porsche 911 GT3-R||Liam Talbot/John Martin|