Jaie Robson has won CAMS Australian GT Race 2 at Albert Park with a spirited drive in his first weekend in the championship.
Robson (Aussie Driver Search Mercedes-AMG) made two daring attempts to pass pole-sitter Fraser Ross, the second of which he managed to pull off and then drive away with the race in the two laps which remained.
Ross (McElrea Racing McLaren 650S) finished 5.7s adrift, with Peter Hackett (Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) a further 1.8s back in third.
The race began in twilight at 1900 local time after a crash in a demonstration session necessitated barrier repairs during the original late-morning timeslot.
Ross led out of the opening corners despite a strong challenge from Robson, who started third, and they quickly established a comfortable margin over the rest of the 31-car field.
Robson, fresh out of a breakout season in Aussie Racing Cars, dived down the outside at Turn 3 on Lap 3 but couldn’t hang on and slotted back into second via a sojourn on the grass.
With dusk descending, they ranged up on traffic on Lap 9 of 11.
Both cleared the back-markers before Robson stuck his Mercedes-AMG down the inside at Turn 14 and just managed to pull up to make the corner.
From there, he was unchallenged, having also finished a commendable eighth when racing with the Pro drivers in Thursday’s opener.
Hackett came from fifth on the grid to pass Geoff Emery (Jamec Pem Audi R8) early in the race before easing by Max Twigg (#8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) with a textbook move at Turn 3 on Lap 5.
Twigg took the chequered flag in fourth, just ahead of Emery, with Liam Talbot (Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R), Tony Bates (Moveitnet/AFS Audi R8), and Tony Quinn (Darrell Lea McLaren 650S) following.
Scott Taylor, who is sharing his #222 STM Mercedes-AMG with Race 1 winner Craig Baird, finished ninth and Ash Samadi (Ash Samadi Racing Audi R8) 10th.
Nick Kelly (Industrie Audi R8) won the Trophy class for the second day in a row in 11th, while Jeremy Gray (JMG Aston Martin Vantage) took out GT4 in 27th outright.
Pro drivers, as well as those in single-driver entries, return to their cars for Race 3 tomorrow at 1200 local time/AEDT.
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Asia Pacific
American James Weiland has qualified on pole for Race 1 of the Ferrari Challenge, which starts tomorrow at 1045.
Weiland edged Renaldi Hutasoit by less than 0.06s during the 25-minute session, while Rama Danindro made for two Indonesians in the top three.
Australian Martin Berry was eighth while New Zealanders David Dicker and Grant Baker were 19th and 22nd respectively.
Results: Race 2, Australian GT Championship
|1||98||Aussie Driver Search||Jaie Robson||Mercedes AMG GTS GT3||CH||11||21:53.0232|
|2||59||Total Oil/Opti-Coat/Logite||Fraser Ross (VIC)||McLaren 650S GT3||CH||11||21:58.7020|
|3||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Peter Hackett (VIC)||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||CH||11||22:00.5225|
|4||8||WM Waste Management||Max Twigg (VIC)||Mercedes AMG GTS GT3||CH||11||22:12.3902|
|5||1||Valvoline||Geoff Emery||Audi R8 LMS||CH||11||22:12.7737|
|6||911||Walkinshaw GT3||Liam Talbot (QLD)||Porsche 911 GT3 R||CH||11||22:17.1936|
|7||24||Moveitnet/AFS||Tony Bates (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS||CH||11||22:23.1163|
|8||7||Mariani Beef Jerky||Tony Quinn (QLD)||McLaren 650S GT3||CH||11||22:32.7208|
|9||222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Scott Taylor (QLD)||Mercedes AMG GTS GT3||CH||11||22:33.2953|
|10||3||Ah Apartments||Ash Samadi (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS||CH||11||22:35.5997|
|11||199||Industrie Clothing||Nick Kelly (NSW)||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||TR||11||22:44.2127|
|12||34||Motorsport Leasing/RaceRamps||John Marriss (VIC)||Porsche GT3-R||TR||11||22:46.8991|
|13||23||Kentucky Fried Chicken||Matthew Stoupas (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||TR||11||22:55.6292|
|14||100||BMW Team SRM||Steve Richards (VIC)||BMW M6 GT3||CH||11||22:57.3906|
|15||188||E.A.T Furniture||Rio Nugara (VIC)||Audi R8 LMS Ultra||TR||11||22:57.5696|
|16||88||Maranello Motorsport||Peter Edwards (VIC)||Ferrari 488 GT3||CH||11||23:02.6755|
|17||47||Mack Bros Roofing Products||Wayne Mack (VIC)||Ferrari 458 GT3||TR||11||23:08.0182|
|18||32||The Porsche Broker||Daniel Stutterd||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||TR||11||23:24.3599|
|19||71||Dale Paterson Motorsports||Dale Paterson||Chevrolet Camaro GT3||TR||11||23:35.1265|
|20||77||JJA Consulting Group||Jan Jinadasa||Lamborghini LP560GT3||TR||11||23:40.8708|
|21||10||Hallmarc||Michael Loccisano||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||TR||11||23:43.0213|
|22||25||Porsche Centre Brighton||Nick Karnaros (VIC)||Porsche 997 Cup||TR||11||23:57.4312|
|23||31||The Porsche Broker||Sam Fillmore||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||TR||11||23:58.4519|
|24||21||Melbourne Orthopaedic Group||Shane Barwood (VIC)||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||TR||11||23:58.8424|
|25||64||Aaron Laboratories||Joseph Ensabella (VIC)||Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||TR||10||22:12.3293|
|26||67||JMG/Bilstein||Jeremy Gray (NSW)||Aston Martin Vantage||GT4||10||22:18.4285|
|27||4||BP Ultimate||Xavier West||BMW M4 GT4||GT4||10||22:19.1162|
|28||12||Sedler Group||Chris Seidler (VIC)||Porsche 991 GT3 Cup||TR||10||22:17.9882|
|29||29||Haemokinesis/Trofe||Jim Manolios (VIC)||Lamborghini Huracan||CH||10||22:28.5964|
|30||19||Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co||Mark Griffith (QLD)||Ginetta GT4||GT4||10||22:30.8493|
|31||48||Interlloy M Motorsport||Justin McMillan (VIC)||KTM X-Bow||GT4||10||22:32.9662|