Round 3 of The Cams Australian GT Trophy Series, presented by Pirelli at Queensland Raceway, was set to be a thriller after some serious competition unearthed itself in Saturdays qualifying.
The Lamborghini of Richard Gartner was just too quick in race 1; from start to finish he dominated the field, with Rod Salmon driving the wheels of his Audi R8 trying desperately to find a way past for the entire 50 minute race, but the opening just wasn’t there. Salmon had the pace in the corners but Gartner was able to carry much more speed along the back straight, easily breaking a good 30 meters later than anyone else.
Race 2 saw Salmon get the jump on Gartner off the line and take away the lead, until the pit stops where Gartner managed to take the lead and win ahead of Wayne Mack’s Ferrari.
Mack got out of the pits ahead of Salmon and the pair battled till the second to last lap when Salmon found a way past the Ferrari, only to be relegated back to third post-race after a 5 second penalty for a jumped start.
Mack had a mixed bag of results for the weekend; he started from pit lane for race 1 and finished fourth after a strong charge, however he was not quick enough to beat Steve McLaughlan’s Valvoline Audi.
McLauglin fell to fifth in the first race, mixing it up with Aaron Cameron in his V8 powered focus, but a strong performance in race 2 saw him add welcome points to his tally.
Cameron took out the MARC Class victory in both races, while Brad Woods and Tyler Everingham tied for second, with John Goodacre taking third.
Gartner’s efforts now have him sitting at third on the leader board, while Salmons two podium finishes brought him closer to the top. McLaughlin still reigns by a mere 87 points with two round remaining.
The next round of the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli will be at Phillip Island September 8-10