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2012 Australian GT Championship

2012 Australian GT Championship
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The 2012 Australian GT Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing championship open to GT style closed production based sports cars which were either approved by the FIA for GT3 competition or approved by CAMS as Australian GTs.[1]

It was the 16th Australian GT Championship, the twelfth to be contested over a multi-event championship, and the eighth to be contested since the title was revived in 2005.

The series had a new owner for 2012, with seasoned GT racer Tony Quinn taking over the series towards the end of the 2011 season.

DivisionsEdit

After consolidation from three divisions to two in 2011, the 2012 series saw an expansion to four divisions, based on vehicle eligibility and specification.[1]

  • GT Championship – for FIA GT3 specification vehicles[2]
  • GT Trophy – for older specification FIA GT3 vehicles[2]
  • GT Challenge – for cars that no longer fit within the GT Championship and Trophy divisions[2]
  • GT Sports – for GT4 specification cars[2]

Teams and driversEdit

 
Peter Hacket (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3) placed second in the GT Championship
 
Peter Edwards & John Bowe (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) placed third in the GT Championship
 
Ben Eggleston (Aston Martin DBRS9) placed sixth in the GT Championship
 
John Briggs (Audi R8 LMS) placed 12th in the GT Championship
 
Kevin Weeks (Ford GT) placed 17th in the GT Championship
 
Andrew Taplin (Lamborghini Gallardo) placed second in the GT Trophy

The following teams and drivers contested the 2012 Australian GT Championship.

Driver Co-driver Team No. Vehicle
Championship
  Mark Eddy   Warren Luff 1 Audi R8 LMS
  Nathan Tinkler Hunter Motorsports 3 Porsche 997 GT3-R
  Kevin Weeks   Steve Owen Supaloc Racing 5 Ford GT
  Rod Salmon 6 Audi R8 LMS
  Martin Wagg Eggleston Motorsport 7 Aston Martin DBRS9
  Peter Edwards   Allan Simonsen
  John Bowe
  Jonny Reid
Maranello Motorsport 8
88
Ferrari 458 GT3
  Nick O'Halloran   Allan Simonsen
  Cameron McConville
Maranello Motorsport 8 Ferrari 458 GT3
  Neale Muston Excalibur Racing 9 Porsche 997 GT3-R
  Tony Quinn VIP Petfoods Racing 11 Ferrari 458 GT3
Mosler MT900 GT3
  Klark Quinn VIP Petfoods Racing 12 Porsche 997 GT3-R
  Peter Conroy   James Winslow Peter Conroy Motorsport 14 Audi R8 LMS
  Ash Samadi   Dean Grant Team ASR 22 Lamborghini Gallardo
Mosler MT900 GT3
  Roger Lago   David Russell JBS 23 Lamborghini Gallardo
  Jim Manolios   Rod Wilson Trofeo Motorsport 29 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3R
  Ben Eggleston Eggleston Motorsport 38 Aston Martin DBRS9
  James Brock
  Maro Engel
  Thomas Jäger
  Bernd Schneider
Erebus Racing 62 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mosler MT900 GT3
  Peter Hackett Erebus Racing 63 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 67 Aston Martin DBRS9
  John Briggs Briggs Motor Sport 70 Mosler MT900 GT3
Audi R8 LMS
  Greg Crick 75 Dodge Viper Competition
Trophy
  Andrew Taplin Supaloc Racing 2 Lamborghini Gallardo
  Ian Palmer Palmer Promotions 20 Dodge Viper
  Jordan Ormsby 61 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
  Dean Koutsoumidis   Andrew McInnes 71 Lamborghini Gallardo
Challenge
  Stephen Grove 4 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
  Jacky Yeung ULX110 Custom Blend Oils 13 Ferrari 360 Challenge
  Keith Wong   Kiang-Kuan Wong ULX110 Custom Blend Oils 15 Porsche 996 GT3-R
  Peter Boylan Boylan Group 21 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
  John Modystach 26 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
  Brenton Griguol   Cameron Wearing 69 Ferrari 360 Challenge
  Jan Jinadasa 77 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
Sports
  Graham Lusty   Darrell Dixon G & D Wheels 24 Nissan GT-R R35
  Darren Berry   Paul Stokell
  Keith Kassulke
Williams Race Services 50 Ginetta G50 HC

Race calendarEdit

The championship was contested over a seven round series.[3]

Rd. Circuit City / State Date Winner
Championship Trophy Challenge Sports
1 Adelaide Street Circuit[4] Adelaide, South Australia 1–4 March Klark Quinn Jordan Ormsby Jan Jinadasa Darren Berry
2 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit[5] Phillip Island, Victoria 25–27 May Greg Crick Andrew Taplin Jan Jinadasa Darren Berry
3 Winton Motor Raceway Benalla, Victoria[6] 22–24 June Peter Hackett Andrew Taplin Peter Boylan no entries
4 Sydney Motorsport Park Sydney, New South Wales 13–15 July Peter Hackett Dean Koutsoumidis
Andrew McInnes
Jan Jinadasa Graham Lusty
5 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 21–23 September Maro Engel Dean Koutsoumidis
Andrew McInnes
Rob Knight
Marcus Marshall
no entries
6 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 19–21 October Klark Quinn Dean Koutsoumidis
Andrew McInnes
Michael Almond Darren Berry
7 Homebush Street Circuit Sydney, New South Wales 30 November–2 December Bernd Schneider Dean Koutsoumidis
Andrew McInnes
Scott Taylor no entries

Season summary (as at the end of Round 3)Edit

After the first three rounds of the series Porsche driver Klark Quinn leads the Championship Division by just one point over Mercedes driver Peter Hackett. Quinn started the series well winning both races at the Adelaide Street Circuit while Hackett won both races at Round 3 at Winton as well as taking Race 1 at Round 2 Phillip Island. Dodge Viper driver Greg Crick took the other win in the wet at Phillip Island where Hackett's team mate James Brock crashed. Brock had been second but now sits fifth having driven a Mosler at Winton while his Mercedes was repaired. Crick is fourth while Ferrari driver Peter Edwards sits third, thanks to the help of co-drivers Allan Simonsen, John Bowe and Jonny Reid.

Lamborghini drivers dominate the Trophy class with Andrew Taplin leading the co-driving pair of Dean Koutsoumidis and Andrew McInnes by six points with Porsche driver Jordan Ormsby third.

Porsche driver Jan Jinadasa, the only driver to attend all three rounds, leads Challenge over fellow Porsche driver Peter Boylan and Ferrari driver Brenton Griguol.

Darren Berry's Ginetta has been the only entrant in the Sports class.

Points systemEdit

Points were awarded in each division for each qualifying session and each race at each round according to the following table. Points were allocated according to positions attained in each division rather than for outright positions.[1]

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th All other
finishers
Qualifying 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Races 16 12 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Championship resultsEdit

The 2012 winners were:

  • GT Championship – Klark Quinn (Porsche GT3-R) [7]
  • GT Trophy – Koutsoumidis & McInnes (Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) [8]
  • GT Challenge – Jan Jinadasa (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car) [9]
  • GT Sports – Darren Berry (Ginetta G50 GT4) [10]

ResultsEdit

Pos.[7][8][9][10] Driver [7][8][9][10] Round 1 – ADE[4] Round 2 – PHI[5] Round 3 – WIN Round 4 – SYD Round 5 – PHI Round 6 – SUR Round 7 – HOM Pen. Final Pts.[7][8][9][10]
Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2 Qual. Race 1 Race 2
GT Championship
1 Klark Quinn 3rd 1st 1st 9th 3rd 9th 4th 4th 8th 3rd 3rd 3rd 186
2 Peter Hackett 2nd Ret DNS 2nd 1st 18th 6th 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 173
3 Peter Edwards / John Bowe 5th 3rd 13th DSQ 5th 3rd 2nd 17th 3rd 1st 6th 1st 128
4 Nick O'Halloran / Allan Simonsen DSQ 8th 13th 1st 9th 5th 56
5 Greg Crick 1st Ret DNS 1st 4th 1st 11th 7th 6th 6th Ret Ret 56
6 Ben Eggleston 11th Ret 7th 17th 10th 2nd 7th 3rd 7th 7th 4th 5th 54
7 Roger Lago 3rd 2nd 2nd 5th 1st Ret 52
8 Tony Quinn DNS DNS DNS 10th 6th 4th 10th 6th 9th 8th 5th 4th 51
9 James Brock 4th 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd Ret 13th Ret 10th 47
10 Rod Salmon 13th 11th 8th 15th 8th Ret 11th 11th 8th 43
11 Bernd Schneider 42
12 John Briggs 15th 5th 8th 8th Ret DNS 12th 10th Ret 35
13 Ash Samadi / Dean Grant 9th Ret 15th 7th 18th 6th 10th 7th Ret 34
14 Jim Manolios / Rod Wilson 24th 11th Ret 6th 13th 5th 9th 11th 12th 22
15 Martin Wagg 18th 16th 11th 17th 10th Ret 9th 8th 7th 18
16 Peter Conroy 16th 12th 10th 5th 12th Ret 15th 14th 9th 17
17 Kevin Weeks 8th Ret Ret 19th 7th Ret 14th 14th 11th 4th Ret DNS 15
18 Thomas Jaegar 15
19 Mark Eddy / Warren Luff 14th Ret DNS 8th 5th 4th 15
20 Paul Morris 7th Ret 5th 13
21 T Fefilce / R Loberto 9
22 John Bowe / Peter Edwards DSQ 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 1st 0
23 David Russell 0
24 Dean Grant / Ash Samadi 7th 18th 6th 0
- Allan Simonsen 5th 3rd 13th DSQ 8th 13th -
Cameron McConville 1st 9th 5th -
Jonny Reid 2nd 17th 3rd -
James Winslow 5th 12th Ret -
GT Trophy
1 Dean Koutsoumidis / Andrew McInnes 16th 6th 18th 11th 20th 7th 16th 18th 14th 14th 12th 11th 255
2 Andrew Taplin 6th Ret 6th 4th 9th 17th 12th 15th 13th 99
3 Jordan Ormsby 10th 2nd 4th 40
4 Ian Palmer 12th 15th 12th 31
5 Marc Cini 26
Andrew McInnes 16th 6th 18th 11th 20th 7th 16th 18th 14th 14th 12th 11th -
GT Challenge
1 Jan Jinadasa 13th 7th 9th 5th 14th 14th 18th 16th 16th 17th 13th 10th 179
2 Peter Boylan 17th 10th 12th 19th 13th 15th 17th 15th 12th 93
3 Rob Knight 26
4 Brenton Griguol 23rd 13th 14th 15th 19th 15th 45
5 John Modystach 12th 9th 16th 43
6 Michael Almond 40
7 Brendan Cook 31
8 Keith Wong / Kiang-Kuan Wong 18th 8th 10th 30
9 Stephen Grove 20th 12th 11th 20
10 Nicolas McBride 20
11 Ben Foessel 20
12 Jacky Yeung 21st 15th 17th 12
13 Nathan Tinkler 22nd Ret DNS 3
14 Matthew Kingsley 0
- Cameron Wearing 15th 19th 15th -
GT Sports
1 Darren Berry 19th 14th 19th 14th 17th 16th 112
2 Michael Hovey 20
3 Graham Lusty / Darrell Dixon 18th Ret 13th 0
Paul Stokell 19th 14th 19th
Keith Kassulke 14th 17th 16th
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

2012 Australian Tourist TrophyEdit

The 2012 Australian Tourist Trophy was awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to the driver accumulating the highest aggregate points total from the Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park rounds of the Australian GT Championship.[11] The title, which was the 23rd Australian Tourist Trophy,[11] was won by Peter Hackett driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c 2012 Australian GT Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations Retrieved from www.camsmanual.com.au on 2 March 2012
  2. ^ a b c d About Australian GT, www.australiangt.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 23 December 2012
  3. ^ Australian GT Events Archived 15 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 4 March 2012
  4. ^ a b "Adelaide Parklands Circuit 04/03/2012 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide". National Software. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 27/05/2012 2012 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championship – Round 3". National Software. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Winton Motor Raceway 24/06/2012 2012 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championship – Round 4". National Software. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d GT Championship, www.australiangt.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 23 December 2012
  8. ^ a b c d GT Trophy, www.australiangt.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 23 December 2012
  9. ^ a b c d GT Challenge, www.australiangt.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 23 December 2012
  10. ^ a b c d GT Sports, www.australiangt.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 23 December 2012
  11. ^ a b c Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 16 July 2014

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