Richards BMW paces Australian GT Practice

Friday 3rd August, 2018 - 12:41pm

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Steve Richards pic: Matthew Paul Photography

Steve Richards has gone quickest in the sole practice session for the Australian GT Championship at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300.

The BMW Team SRM driver went to the top of the time-sheets in the closing stages of the 30-minute hit-out at Sydney Motorsport Park on a 1:29.394s, with no one able to better his lap at the chequered flag.

Richards, who this weekend shares the BMW M6 GT3 with Ricky Capo, went just under three tenths quicker than the previous benchmark held by the Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche of Liam Talbot.

Talbot finished up second fastest after out-pacing Cameron McConville (Wall Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3) earlier on.

McConville’s 1:29.874s from the opening half of the session proved good enough for third after he handed over to co-driver Adrian Deitz for the remainder of proceedings.

Peter Hackett in the Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the YNA Autosport McLaren 650s GT3 of Fraser Ross completed the top five.

Next best was championship leader Tony Bates in the first of the Audi R8 LMS GT3s ahead of Yasser Shahin (Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Nick Kelly (Audi R8 Ultra), who proved the best of the Trophy class cars.

Geoff Emery (Audi R8 LMS GT3) and Mark Griffith (Mercedes-AMG GT3) rounded out the top 10.

The Miedecke Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 suffered a coil pack failure which kept it out of action and presents the team with a race against time to have the car ready for qualifying.

The KTM X-Bow of David Crampton and Trent Harrison was fastest in GT4, from Jeremy Gray in his Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT4.

Australian GT will return to the track this afternoon for a pair of qualifying sessions, the first of which kicks off at 1340 AEST.

Results: Practice

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Class Fastest lap Split
1 100 BMW Team SRM S.Richards
R.Capo
BMW M6 GT3 CH 1:29.3942
2 911 Walkinshaw GT3 Liam Talbot Porsche 911 GT3 R CH 1:29.6917 0:00.2975
3 6 Wall Racing A.Deitz
C.McConville
Lamborghini Huracan CH 1:29.8741 0:00.4799
4 63 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 1:30.0107 0:00.6165
5 59 Total Oil / Opti-Coat / Logite Fraser Ross McLaren 650S GT3 CH 1:30.0898 0:00.6956
6 24 KFC/Ctech Laser/Moveitnet/B&B Tony Bates Audi R8 LMS CH 1:30.4751 0:01.0809
7 777 The Bend Motor Sport Park Yasser Shahin Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 1:30.7207 0:01.3265
8 99 Industrie Nick Kelly Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 1:31.1144 0:01.7202
9 1 Valvoline Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS CH 1:31.1568 0:01.7626
10 19 Hogs Breath Cafe / Griffith Co Mark Griffith Mercedes Benz GT3 CH 1:32.2474 0:02.8532
11 23 Kentucky Fried Chicken Matthew Stoupas Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 1:32.4875 0:03.0933
12 96 Hobson Motorsport / Hi-Tech Oi Brett Hobson Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 CH 1:32.9482 0:03.5540
13 147 Superfluid Dave Stevens Ferrari 458 GT3 TR 1:33.0712 0:03.6770
14 991 Perfect Auto Body Vincent Muriti Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 1:33.1705 0:03.7763
15 25 BTE Bulk Transport Equipment / Ryan How Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 1:33.2567 0:03.8625
16 188 E.A.T. Furniture Rio Nugara Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 1:33.5336 0:04.1394
17 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 1:34.4331 0:05.0389
18 49 M Motorpsort J.McMillan
D.Koutsoumidis
Lamborghini RE-X CH 1:35.1558 0:05.7616
19 7 Local Legends Beef Jerky Tony Quinn Aston Martin Vantage CH 1:36.2133 0:06.8191
20 29 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate / Jim Manolios Lamborghini Huracan CH 1:37.9887 0:08.5945
21 50 Vantage Freight / M Motorsport D.Crampton
T.Harrison
Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 1:38.4718 0:09.0776
22 67 JMG / Bilstein Jeremy Gray Aston Martin Vantage GT4 1:39.8201 0:10.4259
23 12 Aranik Racing Johnny Nikolovski Ferrari 458 Challenge TR 1:41.3978 0:12.0036

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