Robson leads Mercedes one-two in AGT Race 4

Dan Herrero

Sunday 25th March, 2018 - 1:10pm

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Jaie Robson

Jaie Robson has headed a Mercedes-AMG one-two for his second race win in his first weekend in the CAMS Australian GT Championship at Albert Park.

Robson (Aussie Driver Search Mercedes-AMG) started on pole courtesy of his entertaining victory on the Friday night and took a comfortable win again in Race 4 from Peter Hackett (Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) and Fraser Ross (YNA Autosport McLaren 650S).

The Australian GT rookie opened up a 1.2s lead on Lap 1 and continued to clear out for the first half of the 11-lap encounter.

Behind, Hackett dropped from third to fifth in the opening stages but clearly had pace as he passed Max Twigg (#8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG) on Lap 2 and gained another spot when Liam Talbot (Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R) ran wide on Lap 4.

Lowering the fastest lap on multiple occasions, Hackett closed in on Ross on Lap 6 and made a textbook move at Turn 3 next time around.

By that moment, Robson was 4.7s up the road but Hackett made significant inroads, bringing the gap under 3.0s by the end of Lap 9.

However, the chequered flag looked like coming soon enough for Robson and his lead grew again in the final laps to be 4.0s at the very end for a win which also sealed round honours.

Talbot passed Twigg in what was an impressive battle for third at the time at the back end of Lap 1.

Following Hackett’s charge, the final podium position looked like developing into a contact between Ross and Talbot, but the Porsche driver pinched a brake and ran wide at Turn 3 on the third-last lap.

That error, combined with the influence of lapped traffic, allowed Geoff Emery (Jamec Pem Audi R8) to range right up on the rear of car #911, but Talbot held on to finish fourth.

Twigg finished sixth, ahead of Tony Bates (Moveitnet/AFS Audi R8), Scott Taylor (#222 STM Mercedes-AMG), Tony Quinn (Darrell Lea McLaren 650S), and Nick Kelly (Industrie Audi R8), the latter of whom swept the Trophy class for the weekend.

Jeremy Gray (JMG Aston Martin Vantage) won the GT4 class in 24th outright.

Sam Fillmore (#31 The Porsche Broker Porsche 991 GT3 Cup) and Dale Paterson (Dale Paterson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro) were non-finishers after a clumsy incident at Turn 15 on Lap 1.

The Australian GT Championship shifts into endurance mode for Round 2 at The Bend Motorsport Park on the Shannons Nationals program on April 13-15.

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Rama Danindro headed Indonesian compatriot Renaldi Hutasoit in Race 2 of the Ferrari Challenge.

Italian Philippe Prette rounded out the podium, New Zealanders David Dicker and Grant Baker finished ninth and 16th respectively, and Australian Martin Berry was a DNF.

Results: Race 4, Australian GT Championship

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Class Laps Race time
1 98 Aussie Driver Search Jaie Robson Mercedes AMG GTS GT3 CH 11 21:46.7142
2 63 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett (VIC) Mercedes Benz AMG GT CH 11 21:50.7192
3 59 Total Oil/Opti-Coat/Logite Fraser Ross (VIC) McLaren 650S GT3 CH 11 21:57.4061
4 911 Walkinshaw GT3 Liam Talbot (QLD) Porsche 911 GT3 R CH 11 21:58.0077
5 1 Valvoline Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS CH 11 21:58.7905
6 8 WM Waste Management Max Twigg (VIC) Mercedes AMG GTS GT3 CH 11 22:13.0692
7 24 Moveitnet/AFS Tony Bates (VIC) Audi R8 LMS CH 11 22:16.1192
8 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor (QLD) Mercedes AMG GTS GT3 CH 11 22:18.9994
9 7 Mariani Beef Jerky Tony Quinn (QLD) McLaren 650S GT3 CH 11 22:20.5016
10 199 Industrie Clothing Nick Kelly (NSW) Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 11 22:29.9896
11 88 Maranello Motorsport Peter Edwards (VIC) Ferrari 488 GT3 CH 11 22:34.1715
12 34 Motorsport Leasing/RaceRamps John Morriss (VIC) Porsche GT3-R TR 11 22:36.4325
13 23 Kentucky Fried Chicken Matthew Stoupas (VIC) Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 11 22:39.8567
14 188 E.A.T Furniture Rio Nugara (VIC) Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 11 22:47.0753
15 100 BMW Team SRM Dean Grant BMW M6 GT3 CH 11 22:48.0551
16 47 Mack Bros Roofing Products Wayne Mack (VIC) Ferrari 458 GT3 TR 11 22:55.0655
17 32 The Porsche Broker Daniel Stutterd Porsche 991 GT3 Cup TR 11 23:18.2788
18 10 Hallmarc Michael Loccisano Porsche 991 GT3 Cup TR 11 23:36.6256
19 25 Porsche Centre Brighton Nick Karnaros (VIC) Porsche 997 Cup TR 11 23:45.4287
20 21 Melbourne Orthopaedic Group Shane Barwood (VIC) Porsche 991 GT3 Cup TR 11 23:55.6394
21 29 Haemokinesis/Trofe Jim Manolios (VIC) Lamborghini Huracan CH 10 21:56.2318
22 64 Aaron Laboratories Joseph Ensabella (VIC) Porsche 997 GT3 Cup TR 10 22:06.8115
23 12 Sedler Group Chris Seidler (VIC) Porsche 991 GT3 Cup TR 10 22:09.7275
24 67 JMG/Bilstein Jeremy Gray (NSW) Aston Martin Vantage GT4 10 22:10.6917
25 4 BP Ultimate Xavier West BMW M4 GT4 GT4 10 22:13.1300
26 19 Hogs Breath Cafe/Griffith Co Mark Griffith (QLD) Ginetta GT4 GT4 10 22:21.0831
27 48 Interlloy M Motorsport Justin McMillan (VIC) KTM X-Bow GT4 10 22:39.7193
DNF 31 The Porsche Broker Sam Fillmore Porsche 991 GT3 Cup TR 1 3:07.8462
DNF 71 Dale Paterson Motorsports Dale Paterson Chevrolet Camaro GT3 TR

Australian GT Championship

Pos Num Driver Total 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 98 Jaie Robson 156 156
2 63 Peter Hackett 135 135
2 63 Dominic Storey 135 135
3 1 Geoff Emery 135 135
4 59 Fraser Ross 129 129
5 222 Scott Taylor 126 126
5 222 Craig Baird 126 126
6 911 Liam Talbot 120 120
6 911 John Martin 120 120
7 8 Max Twigg 89 89
7 8 Tony D’Alberto 89 89
8 88 Peter Edwards 87 87
9 24 Tony Bates 69 69
9 24 Daniel Gaunt 69 69
10 100 Dean Grant 64 64
10 100 Steve Richards 64 64
11 7 Tony Quinn 56 56
12 29 Jim Manolios 44 44
12 29 Dean Canto 44 44
13 3 Ash Samadi 20 20

Australian GT Trophy Series

Pos Num Driver Total 1 2 3 4 5
1 199 Nick Kelly 220 220
2 32 John Marriss 172 172
3 23 Matthew Stoupas 159 159
4 188 Rio Nugara 139 139
5 47 Wayne Mack 81 81
6 32 Daniel Stuttered 80 80
7 10 Michael Loccisano 78 78
8 21 Shane Barwood 68 68
9 25 Nick Karnaros 54 54
10 64 Joseph Ensabella 46 46
11 12 Luke Seidler 42 42
11 12 Chris Seidler 42 42
12 71 Dale Paterson 40 40
13 31 Sam Fillmore 37 37
14 77 Jan Jinadasa 24 24

Australian GT4 Standings

Pos Num Driver Total 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 67 Jeremy Gray 191 191
2 4 Xavier West 189 189
3 48 Justin McMillan 156 156
4 19 Mark Griffith 149 149  

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