Liam Talbot stayed out of the chaos to win the final race of the Shannons Australian GT Championship at Melbourne’s Albert park circuit.
The final race featured the lower ranked drivers of the parings for a 25 minute encounter.
There was immediate trouble for the field as Max Twigg’s Mercedes got into the back of Fraser Ross’ McLaren at turn one. The McLaren was broadside across the field with only Roger Lago’s Lamborghini ahead of the rest.
Fortunately, no one else collected Ross and the field continued. To turn three.
In the breaking zone, Peter Major’s Lamborghini it the grass on the inside and violently spun to the outside. The luckless Hector Lester in the Ferrari was in the way and both cars retired with extensive damage. It was the second time in two days that those cars had collided.
The safety car was called while they cleaned up the mess.
After the restart, the field had a couple of laps of green running until the Lamborghini of Ryan Miller went into the turn one barrier, after skipping across the gravel. The car was stranded and the safety car was called again.
In the small period of green flag running, Talbot was able to force Lago into a minor error at turn 11 to make a pass for the lead.
Lago would drop back a few more positions, allowing Max Twigg and Geoff Emery’s Audi through into the podium positions.
After the second safety car period there was a one lap dash to the end and Talbot was able to remain calm for the 2 minutes it takes to complete a lap.
Over the four races, Geoff Emery & Kelvin van der Linde scored the most points, followed by David Russell & Roger Lago with Liam Talbot in third.
Wayne Mack took the Invitational prize for his weekend’s work.
The next round of the Australian GT Championship takes place at in Perth on 5-7 May.