Talbot scores podium in MEGA Racing’s competition debut
Liam Talbot has taken the MEGA Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R to a podium finish in the CAMS Australian GT Championship on the streets of Adelaide in what was the first ever race for Australia’s newest Petroleum company, MEGA Limited.
Starting back in 12th, Talbot made a solid start and quickly settled into a race rhythm prior to the pitlane opening for the compulsory timed pitstop, the early stanza being punctuated by a Safety Car for one of the competitors in front of Talbot.
The 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion kept his cool through the pitstop which was hampered by another competitor being slightly out of position. Walkinshaw GT3 did a sterling job to coach him through the situation and quickly get back to racing speed.
Upon the pitstop shakeout, Liam was third on circuit and pushed hard to catch the front two drivers. Showing the experience of two seasons racing in Europe, he negotiated the, at times, heavy traffic and was able to draw some time in on the competitor in front of him.
By virtue of his third placed finish, the MEGA Racing Porsche will start tomorrow’s 40 minute Australian GT Championship Race 2 at 9:10am Adelaide time from third. He will draw an additional nine seconds to his compulsory pitstop time.
Race coverage will be live on Fox Sports 506 around Australia – adjust race time for local market.
In addition to MEGA Limited, Liam Talbot Racing has drawn support from long term supporter, WashIt Truck Wash and Walkinshaw GT3 supporters Morris Finance and Urban Maintenance Systems.
QUOTEBOARD – LIAM TALBOT ON HIS THIRD PLACING IN RACE ONE:
MEGA third placing on debut for a new sponsor for you here at Clipsal – AND their first ever race?
“I can’t believe it, I had no idea until I crossed the finish line – I prefer not to know where I’m at when I’m racing and be on maximum attack every lap and catch the car in front!
“Ultimately, we ran out of time to catch the guys in front of us, but to start the year in third place in MEGA Racing’s first ever race is a great way to get the year underway!”
The start was played very strongly, very solidly?
“I knew there was going to be a Safety Car, there’s just too much hustle and everyone is cold for the start of the year. There were opportunities out there, but I didn’t have the confidence to go down the inside – as you don’t know what the other driver is going to do.
“To come out in third place – it is such a strong start for the year.”
The strategy from Walkinshaw GT3 was bang on too…
“Matt Nilsson made the call for our pitstops and the right call was made. We had a little confusion in the pitlane with another car pitting in the wrong area, but we managed that and got the result.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, you’ll be starting from position three…
“It’s where you want to start, if there is a Safety Car it is going to be a big incident and you don’t want to be anywhere near it.
“If we can charge ahead up the road in the MEGA Racing Porsche and stay out of trouble, then we’ll be looking good.”