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Major sets Australian GT pace at Barbagallo

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Thursday 2nd May, 2019 - 9:00pm

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Peter Major was the fastest Australian GT runner following the opening day of running in Barbagallo.

The West Australian set a 53.3746s effort that was two seconds under the race lap record and more than four tenths clear of second fastest Peter Hackett.

Major ended the opening session second fastest to Hackett before setting the day’s best, and the fastest recorded GT3 lap around Barbagallo, in the back half of the day’s second practice.

Practice 1 was held under bright blue skies in the afternoon, while Practice 2 took place as the sun set.

It proved a more accurate representation of race conditions, with Friday’s heat set to begin in darkness at 2000 (2200 AEST).

“That’s probably faster than I thought we were going to go to be perfectly honest,” said Major.

“We’ve really tuned the car a long way from where we started, we’re a lot stiffer everywhere.

“That’s made it a little bit sketchy to drive and hopefully it looks after its tyres over a race distance, but for outright race pace it’s definitely much quicker.”

Youngster Ryan How again impressed, setting the fifth fastest time in opening practice and the fourth fastest time in the latter session.

Driving a Trophy Class Audi some five years the senior of many of those around him, How was more than two seconds faster than his nearest class rival.

“In Practice 2 we made a few adjustments in the car just to fix the balance, but it felt really good,” How said.

“We ran a little bit better tyre in Practice 2, and new brakes, and the car just really responded to the nighttime conditions.”

Both of the day’s 30-minute sessions ran without interruption, with all 15 cars ending the day unscathed despite a handful of close calls as evening fell.

Australian GT returns at 1405 local time on Friday for a back-to-back qualifying session which will set the grid for the opening 40-minute race of the weekend at 2000.

Result: Australian GT, Practice 1

Pos  Team                 Driver                    Car Class Time
1 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:53.8005
2 Totally 4X4 Wheels Peter Major Lamborghini Gallardo CH 0:53.8976
3 Valvoline                      Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS EVO CH 0:53.9121
4 W M Waste Max Twigg Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:54.0246
5 BTE Bulk Transport Equipment Ryan How Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 0:54.3787
6 Nineteen Corporation P/L Mark Griffith Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:54.7281
7 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate Ryan Millier Lamborghini Huracan CH 0:54.9555
8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Porsche 997 GT3 R Cu CH 0:56.3840
9 Safe-T-Stop                    Richard Garnter Lamborghini Gallardo TR 0:56.7878
10 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate Jim Manolios Lamborghini Super Tr TC 0:57.0249
11 Dale Paterson Motorsports Dale Paterson Chevrolet Camaro GT3 TR 0:57.3864
12 Aaron Laboratories Joseph Insabella Porsche 997 GT3 Cup TR 0:58.7553
13 M Motorpsort Justin McMillan Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 1:00.4170
14 Earth Electrical Contractors Nick Karnaros Porsche 911 GT3 Cup TC 1:00.7529
15 Vantage Freight / M Motorsport David Crampton Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 1:02.4699

Result: Australian GT, Practice 2

Pos  Team                 Driver                    Car Class Time
1 Totally 4X4 Wheels Peter Major Lamborghini Gallardo CH 0:53.3746
2 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:53.8257
3 Valvoline                      Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS EVO CH 0:53.8281
4 BTE Bulk Transport Equipment Ryan How Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 0:53.8342
5 W M Waste Max Twigg Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:54.3048
6 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate Ryan Millier Lamborghini Huracan CH 0:54.4512
7 Nineteen Corporation P/L Mark Griffith Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 0:54.5341
8 Dale Paterson Motorsports Dale Paterson Chevrolet Camaro GT3 TR 0:55.9467
9 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Porsche 997 GT3 R Cu CH 0:56.1487
10 Safe-T-Stop                    Richard Garnter Lamborghini Gallardo TR 0:57.0436
11 Aaron Laboratories Joseph Insabella Porsche 997 GT3 Cup TR 0:58.8319
12 M Motorpsort Justin McMillan Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 0:58.8938
13 Earth Electrical Contractors Nick Karnaros Porsche 911 GT3 Cup TC 0:59.3995
14 Vantage Freight / M Motorsport David Crampton Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 1:01.6510
15 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate Jim Manolios Lamborghini Super Tr TC 1:04.2479

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