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Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:08 pm

Supaloc Racing wrote:February 2, 2012

Supaloc Racing’s South Australian Double Attack

In a display of South Australian pride, Supaloc Racing will mount a two-pronged attack on the 2012 Australian GT Championship, with two South Aussie drivers preparing for the opening round of the championship at Clipsal with a test at Mallala yesterday.

Supaloc Racing’s Kevin Weeks, in his spectacular new Ford GT, will be joined by Andrew Taplin, who will race the team’s Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 in the GT Trophy class. Taplin actually owned and raced the Lamborghini, prior to selling it to Weeks for the 2010 season.

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Today’s test day was Weeks’ first opportunity to drive the Ford GT in anger at Mallala. He ended the day satisfied with the team’s progress with the car setup.

“The power down was excellent, but we had a high speed stability problem and came off the track through the kink, which was a scary moment,” he said.

“It was caused by an aero imbalance. The team got onto it straight away and fixed the problem by adjusting the rake of the car.”

Weeks explained that the GT40 will be a more competitive package than the Lamborghini, but the setup window is much narrower.

“The Lamborghini doesn’t seem to be as sensitive to aero balance as the Ford GT,” he said. “We’ve been trying to get the aero balance right, and I’m confident that we’ve got it spot-on now.

“We virtually did not change the suspension out of the truck, because it was pretty much right.

“The car is very responsive, and the brakes and power-down are both awesome, so I think it will be a really good thing once we’ve nailed the setup.”

Andrew Taplin was also happy with how the day went, and commented on the improvements to the car since he last drove it.

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“I had a lot of fun today,” he said. “It was just fantastic to be back in the Lamborghini, and I had a great day being associated with a great group of people. The car was just set up beautifully and I’m very impressed with the whole Supaloc operation.

Taplin commented on the responsiveness of the Supashock Suspension, one of the fundamental additions to the car since he last raced it.

“It was more responsive than I remember the car being before, and it did everything I asked of it today,” he said.

Supaloc Racing will test at Winton and again at Mallala ahead of the first round of the Australian GT Championship, at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide at the beginning of March.

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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:11 pm

http://www.australiangt.com.au wrote:2012 Australian GT Championship Calendar Launched

By Australian GT
The Australian GT Championship is set to fire in 2012 with a 7 round series announced during at last weekends 2011 final event at Sandown. The series will feature on three of the key V8 Supercar events, and on four of the Shannon’s National rounds.

Round one of the championship will kick off at the Clipsal 500 in March, with a 60 minute twilight race, and a 30 minute sprint race. The following four rounds will be mini - enduro events, with 2 x one hour races on the Shannon’s Series, featuring optional driver changes, and compulsory timed pit stops. The Championship will then move to the Gold Coast for the Armor All 600, wrapping up at Homebush in Sydney at the Telstra 500 for the final round, both events featuring forty minute races with pit stops.

The series is also canvassing the possibility of a non – championship round in New Zealand.

“We are extremely excited about the 2012 season. The calendar delivers what the competitors have been asking for in longer race formats, while also featuring on three of the marquee V8 Supercar events.” explained SPHERIX’S Craig Nayda, the category administrator.

All rounds will be televised through free to air, SPEED Channel, and Internationally through Motor World.

The four mini-enduro rounds will also count towards the CAMS Tourist Trophy, a prestigious Australian Sports Car trophy previously won by Sir Stirling Moss and a host a International sports car drivers.

New cars for 2012 include the Ford GT40 of Adelaide’s Kevin Weeks, Roger Lago’s Lamborghini LP600, Peter Edwards Ferrari 458, and a second Mercedes - Benz SLS AMG GT3 to be driven by James Brock for Erebus Racing. Newly crowned 2011 Champ Mark Eddy is also rumored to be shopping for a 2011 spec Audi R8 to defend his title next year.

Round 1

Mar 1 - 4

Adelaide

V8 Supercar - Clipsal 500

1 x 1hr & 1 x 30min


Round 2

May 25 - 27

Phillip Island

Shannons Nationals

2 x 1hr


Round 3

Jun 22 - 24

Winton

Shannons Nationals

2 x 1hr


Round 4

Jul 13 - 15

Eastern Creek

Shannons Nationals

2 x 1hr


Round 5

Sep 21 - 23

Phillip Island

Shannons Nationals

2 x 1hr


Round 6

Oct 19 - 21

Surfers Paradise

V8 Supercar – Gold Coast 600

2 x 40 mins


Round 7

Nov 30 – Dec 2

Homebush

V8 Supercar – Sydney 500

2 x 40 mins
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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:31 pm

www.ozracingwrap.com wrote:More management changes at Australian GT Championship on eve of season .Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:09 Shaun Garrity .

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Less than a year after a management change at the Australian GT Championship, SPHERIX have stepped down as Category Managers with Immediate effect.

Director of SPHERIX, Craig Denyer said, “We had a difference of opinion on how the Category should best be run. It is a very disappointing outcome as we had great plans for the Category. Testament to this is the quality of field of cars and Drivers entered for round one of the Series at the Clipsal 500. Notwithstanding we wish all those involved our sincere best wishes for the season.”

They had been manager of the series for six months.

Stepping into the role is Mr Ken Collier. Collier is a successful businessman with extensive experience in business development, importation, distribution and logistics combined with an intense passion and eighteen year association with motorsport, and brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen to the category.

“What an opportunity’ enthused Collier, “We need to focus on building a good strong management structure to support the competitors, category sponsors and suppliers whilst ensuring the spectators continue to be entertained with first class racing”.

“The Australian GT series is destined to be one of the most exciting category’s of racing in 2012 with over 30 exotic GT3 racer’s entered for the first round” Collier added. “We have new classes, new car and driver combinations and an impressive array of new vehicles including two Ferrari 458 GT3’s, a Porsche GT3 R, one of Ford’s iconic Ford GT’s retro racers plus new Lamborghini LP600’s and Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3’s complimenting a class that already boasts some of the world’s finest GT3 Audi’s, Aston Martin’s, Porsche’s, Mosler’s, Ferrari’s, Dodge Viper’s, Lotus and more.”

The category owner Tony Quinn, co-director of VIP Petfoods, welcomes Collier’s new management team and can’t wait for the first round of the Australian GT Championship to come around.

“We are looking forward to the 2012 season and think that the new team will encourage growth in the series” adds Tony Quinn.

The Australian GT Championship kick’s off a 7 round series in 2012 at the Clipsal 500 event in Adelaide on Mar 1st - 4th featuring a 1 hour twilight enduro and a 30 minute sprint race.

All events in 2012 are to be televised via a highlights package to be screened on free to air TV, Speed Television and internationally via Motor World.
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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:04 pm

www.australiangt.com.au wrote:Championship opener draws stellar field
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A quality field of 30 exotic sports cars has entered for the opening round of the Australian GT Championship, at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, March 1 – 4.

The entry list boasts an equally impressive driver line up; which includes British GT star Martin Short, touring car veteran John Bowe, sports car specialist Allan Simonsen, Audi enduro driver Warren Luff, Paul Morris and Barton Mawer.

Bowe will co-drive the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 with Peter Edwards, Simonsen will partner Nick O’Halloran in another 458, Luff will team up with reigning GT Champion Mark Eddy in the Audi R8 LMS, Martin Short with Queenslander John Briggs in the Mosler MT 900, while Morris is expected to slot into the V.I.P. Petfood’s Mosler driven last year by Klark Quinn. Barton Mawer will share the Angelo Lazaris Lotus Exige GT3.

The Clipsal format will include a one hour mini twilight enduro on Saturday afternoon, and a thirty minute sprint race on Sunday. Both races will have compulsory pit stops, with optional driver change.

Series owner Tony Quinn will debut his new Ferrari 458 GT3, while son Klark will move to a Porsche 911 GT3 R for the 2012 season.

“I think the quality of the cars and drivers for this event reflects all the hard work that has gone into re-building the series over the past 6 months.” Quinn said.
“Moving to a stable platform of FIA GT3 regulations has given competitors the confidence to invest in new cars, and the superb line up for Round 1 should provide some spectacular racing.”

Quinn’s new Ferrari 458 only arrived in Brisbane last week, after being delivered through JAS Freight Forwarding direct from Michelotto Italy.

A crowd favorite is sure to be the Ford GT 40 of Adelaide’s Kevin Weeks, which had a shakedown at Mallala recently.

“The GT 40 has awesome power down, we played around with the aero balance a little and found the car has a much narrower window to find the sweet spot than the Lambo – however, best of all, it sounds like a Ford V8,” Weeks grinned.

Veteran Rod Salmon and series regular Ash Samadi have entered Mosler MT 900 GT3’s, both no doubt will be looking for set-up advice from the marque’s creator and manufacturer, Martin Short. The former British GT Champion, who last raced In Australia during the Bathurst 24 Hour events in 2002/03, will team up with Australian Sports Sedan Champion and former V8 Supercar team owner John Briggs.

Also new to the GT Championship class this year is the Chev Corvette ZO6 GTR of Rod Wilson/Jim Manolios, Roger Lago’s Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 LP600 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 of James Brock, to be run as part of a two car super team by Erebus Racing. Peter Hackett will again race the teams second AMG SLS.

In the new GT Trophy Class, both Dean Koutsimidis and Andrew Taplin will return to the series racing the older spec Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 LP520. Taplin will take over the Supaloc entry raced last year by Kevin Weeks.

Porsche is again the dominant manufacturer in the GT Challenge class, with reigning champ Peter Boylan up against a strong field which includes John Modystach, Jeremy Gray and Nathan Tinkler. Ferrari will be represented by Hong Kong driver Jackie Yeung, and Adelaide’s Brenton Griguol both in a 360 Challenge. Keith Wong will also return to the class in a Porsche 996 GT3 R.

The Australian GT Championship is a 7 round series, based primarily on sports cars eligible for the FIA GT3 Championship. The series is televised on free to air in Australia and New Zealand, and to over 40 countries worldwide

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Postby Catford on Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:07 pm

www.australiangt.com.au wrote:'The Dude' to race Aston Martin in 2012 championship
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Paul Morris, or as he is more commonly known ‘The Dude’, is looking forward to a new challenge this year with confirmation he will be racing a Sargent Security backed Aston Martin DBRS 9 in the Australian GT Championship – protected by Sargent Security.

Peter Harris, Sargent Security’s general manager, said “Our support of Paul in the Sargent Security Racing Aston Martin was a logical step. He works very hard for his sponsor’s and we really enjoyed our association last year plus it aligns perfectly with our new category naming rights sponsorship of the Australian GT Championship”.

The Aston Martin, campaigned by Tony Quinn to eighth place in the 2011 Australian GT Championship, is to be updated and prepared at Paul Morris Motorsports with technical support from VIP Petfoods Racing.

“I’m really looking forward to driving the Sargent Security Racing Aston Martin this year” commented Morris. “They are a great class of car to drive for sure. The last time I raced something similar was a GTP Mustang at the 2008 Daytona 24 Hour”.

He added “I know and have raced against quite a few of the other competitors in the Championship and have a lot of respect for them. They really are dedicated racers in seriously fast cars competing because they love what they do, no petty politics, just pure passion”.

Morris started racing as a teenager in the late eighties and has enjoyed a stellar career in a variety of classes including winning three Australian Super Touring Titles. He was placed 8th in last year’s V8 Supercar Development Series despite not competing at all rounds and co-drove with Steve Owen in the VIP Petfoods VE Commodore at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar enduro’s. When not racing on the tarseal he competes around the country in his Supercheap Auto Racing Sprintcar.

The first round of the Australian GT Championship protected by Sargent Security’ is at the Clipsal 500, Adelaide in early March.


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Postby Catford on Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:09 pm

www.australiangt.com.au wrote:Crick takes pole in first qualifying session for 2012
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Greg Crick takes pole in the first Australian GT – protected by Sargent Security qualifying session for 2012.

Crick recorded a time of 1.22.3150 in his MOPAR 75th Anniversary Dodge Viper to just edge out Peter Hackett in the Team Erebus Mercedes-Benz SLS

“That was a scarily fast lap” admitted Crick. “I took turn 8 flat out for the first time and I’m not really sure I want to do that again. It was on the absolute limit and I actually scraped the wall on the exit, there wasn’t a millimetre spare.”

Klark Quinn in his VIP Petfoods Porsche GT3-R was third, ahead of James Brock in the second Team Erebus Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS and Peter Edwards in the Maranello Racing Ferrari 458 GT3.

The class structure for the Australian GT Championship – protected by Sargent Security has expanded to cater for four classes of exotic racer’s in 2012. Andrew Taplin (Supaloc Racing Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) has claimed fastest qualifier status in the GT Challenge class, John Modystach (Prosurv Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) in the GT Trophy class and the two driver team of Darren Berry and Paul Stockell (Clipper Motoryachts Ginetta G50) in the GT Sports class.

Race one is a one hour twilight race at 6.15pm on Saturday with a compulsory pit stop and optional driver change. Race two follows on Sunday morning with a 30 minute race also with a compulsory pit stop format.

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Postby Catford on Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:10 pm

www.australiangt.com.au wrote:Klark Quinn triumph's in action packed AGT thriller
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Klark Quinn emerges victorious in an action packed first race in the 2012 Australian GT Championship – protected by Sargent Security.

From the start Quinn (VIP Petfoods Porsche GT3-R) fought for the lead with Peter Hackett (Erebus Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3) and pole sitter Greg Crick (MOPAR 75th Anniversary Dodge Viper) with all three circulating under the lap record.

Crick was the first to falter with suspension failure forcing an early retirement as pit stops started to juggle the running order and the Adelaide weather added another element with light rain beginning to fall.

Ash Samadi (Mothers Energy Drinks Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) was the next casualty when he hit the wall hard at turn 10. He reported total brake failure following his pit stop and the accident called for a safety car whilst his car was removed from the barriers.

Quinn and Hackett resumed their fight with the lead swapping numerous times until, with only seven minutes to go, the pair were caught by the hard charging Alan Simonson (Team Maranello Ferrari 458 GT3).

The battle was brought to a spectacular close a few laps later when the leaders came across the slower car of Mark Eddy (Network Clothing Audi R8 LMS GT3). Hackett attempted to dive up inside Eddy but they collided with both being forced into immediate retirement against the unforgiving Adelaide walls taking Alan Simonson momentarily off course too.

Quinn managed to drive through the melee without incident and cruised away to take the race win from an ecstatic Jordan Ormsby (Golf Cart Solutions Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) and the fast recovering Alan Simonson.

“What a fantastic race’ Quinn said afterwards. “I started fast but then struggled a little with an understeer that got progressively worse. I ended up driving the wheels off of it to just stay in touch with the others and then all hell broke loose. You could see quite plainly that something was going to happen though so I just drove smart and made sure I didn’t get caught when all went wrong”.

Ormsby took the GTT class win with his outright 2nd placing, Jan Jinadasa (Clipsal Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) the GTC class win and the Darren Berry / Paul Stokell Ginetta G50 GT4 the GTS class win.

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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:12 pm

www.australiangt.com.au wrote:Quinn wins as tempers flare
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Klark Quinn controlled the latter stages of race 2 in his VIP Petfoods Porsche GT3-R to take his second Australian GT Championship race win but it was on track behind him that controversy reined.

Peter Edwards (Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3) was fending off the hard charging James Brock (Erebus Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3) in the closing stages when contact was made between the pair, spinning Edwards to the tail of the field. Both drivers blamed each other for the clash and angry words were exchanged between crew and drivers in pit lane as emotions overflowed.

Earlier on Edwards team mate, Alan Simonson, had made a perfect start to lead Quinn and Brock for nearly half the race whilst drivers behind them fought for track position prior to the compulsory pit stops.

The racing was interrupted when Kevin Weeks spun his Supaloc Racing Ford GT heavily into the tyre barriers causing a safety car intervention and some frantic pit action and scheduled driver changes.

Quinn passed Simonson’s team mate, Peter Edwards for the lead soon after the restart and held on comfortably to the chequered flag. This left Edwards and Brock fighting over second place for a number of laps before the controversial incident took the Ferrari out of contention. Brock, unaffected by the clash with Edwards, continued and finished second ahead of a rapidly closing Warren Luff (Network Clothing Audi R8 LMS) having started from the tail of the field.

Jordan Ormsby (Golf Car Solutions Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) finished 4th outright and again took top honours in the GTT class with Paul Morris (Sargent Security Racing Aston Martin DBRS9) rounding out the top 5 with an impressive recovery from an early race spin after being hit by Rod Wilson in the Corvette ZO6 GTR.

Jan Jinadosa (Clipsal Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) took 1st place in the GTC class and Darren Berry / Paul Stokell in the GTS class.

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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Martin Donnon on Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:19 pm

Fantastic work by Jordy to put a Cup car up the front like that!
Also great to see the Porsches put the blowtorch to some of the other more fancied marques. Great racing in the GT series :)
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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby billy boy on Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:29 am

It was great to watch and the sls sounds so different to the other cars - such a low sound!
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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

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Re: Australian GT Championship 2012

Postby Catford on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:07 pm

Check out Nick Foster in the City Index Carrera Cup race!

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