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2018 Australian GT Championship

2018 Australian GT Championship
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The 2018 Australian GT Championship was the 22nd running of the Australian GT Championship, a CAMS-sanctioned Australian motor racing championship open to FIA GT3 cars and similar cars as approved for the championship. The championship commenced on 23 March 2018 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and concluded on 14 October at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. The 2018 Australian Endurance Championship was contested concurrently with Rounds 2, 4 and 6 of the GT Championship.[1] It was the 15th Australian Endurance Championship.

The Australian GT Championship was won by Geoff Emery [2] driving an Audi R8 LMS and the Australian Endurance Championship by Max Twigg and Tony D'Alberto [3] who shared a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Race calendarEdit

The Australian GT Championship was contested over six rounds and the Australian Endurance Championship over three rounds. Each race, with the exception of the Australian Grand Prix round of the Australian GT Championship, included at least one compulsory timed pit stop.[4]

Australian GT Championship
Round Circuit Location Race format Date
1 Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 4 x 25 min 23–25 March
2 The Bend Motorsport Park Tailem Bend, South Australia 1 x 86 laps 14–15 April
3 Sandown Raceway Melbourne, Victoria 3 x 40 min 12–13 May
4 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 1 x 101 laps 2–3 June
5 Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, New South Wales 3 x 40 min 4-5 August
6 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park Waikato, New Zealand 1 x 101 laps 13–14 October
Australian Endurance Championship
Round Circuit Location Race format Date
1 The Bend Motorsport Park Tailem Bend, South Australia 1 x 86 laps 14–15 April
2 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 1 x 101 laps 2–3 June
3 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park Waikato, New Zealand 1 x 101 laps 13–14 October

Australian GT ChampionshipEdit

Teams and driversEdit

Team Vehicle No. Drivers Events
JAMEC PEM Racing Audi R8 LMS 1   Geoff Emery 1-5
  Marcel Fassler 1
  Garth Tander 2, 4
Ah Apartments Audi R8 LMS 3   Ash Samadi 1–2, 4
  Dylan O'Keefe 2, 4
Wall Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 6   Adrian Deitz 2, 4-5
  Cameron McConville
Darrell Lea/Keltic Racing McLaren 650S GT3 7   Tony Quinn 1-5
  Shane van Gisbergen 2
  Grant Denyer 4
Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 8   Max Twigg 1-2, 4
  Tony D'Alberto
222   Scott Taylor 1-5
  Craig Baird 1-2, 4
Hallmarc Constructions Audi R8 LMS 9   Marc Cini 3
International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS 10   Andrew Fawcett 4
  Jonny Reid
Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 11   Tony Walls 2, 4
  Warren Luff
Erebus Motorsport
Griffith Corporation/ Aussie Driver Search
Mercedes-AMG GT3 19   Mark Griffith 3, 5
98   Jaie Robson 1-3
  David Reynolds 2
KFC Racing Audi R8 LMS 24   Tony Bates 1-5
  Daniel Gaunt 1-2, 4
Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 29   Jim Manolios 1-3, 5
  Dean Canto 1-2
M Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX 49   Dean Koutsoumidis 3, 5
  Glen Wood 3
  Justin McMillan 5
McElrea Racing McLaren 650S GT3 58   Duvashen Padayachee 4
  Shane van Gisbergen
59   Fraser Ross 1-5
  Duvashen Padayachee 2
  Jaxon Evans 4
Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 63   Peter Hackett 1-5
  Dominic Storey 1
  Jake Fouracre 2, 4
777   Yasser Shahin 2, 4-5
  Luke Youlden 2, 4
Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 88   Peter Edwards 1
  Giancarlo Fisichella
Miedecke Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 95   Andrew Miedecke 5
  George Miedecke
Hobson Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 96   Brett Hobson 5
BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 100   Steven Richards 1-5
  Dean Grant 1
  Michael Almond 2, 4
  Rick Capo 3, 5
Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R 911   Liam Talbot 1-5
  John Martin 1-2, 4

Race resultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole position Race Winner(s)
1 R1 Albert Park No. 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport No. 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport
  Scott Taylor
  Craig Baird
  Scott Taylor
  Craig Baird
R2 No. 59 McEldra Racing No. 98 Aussie Driver Search
  Fraser Ross   Jaie Robson
R3 No. 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport
  Scott Taylor
  Craig Baird
R4 No. 98 Aussie Driver Search
  Jaie Robson
2 R The Bend No. 8 Scott Taylor Motorsport No. 8 Scott Taylor Motorsport
  Max Twigg
  Tony D'Alberto
  Max Twigg
  Tony D'Alberto
3 R1 Sandown No. 49 M Motorsport No. 63 Eggleston Motorsport
  Dean Koutsoumidis
  Glen Wood
  Peter Hackett
R2 No. 98 Aussie Driver Search No. 24 KFC Racing
  Jaie Robson   Tony Bates
R3 No. 1 JAMEC PEM Racing
  Geoff Emery
4 R Phillip Island No. 911 Walkinshaw Racing No. 24 KFC Racing
  Liam Talbot
  John Martin
  Tony Bates
  Daniel Gaunt
5 R1 Sydney No. 63 Eggleston Motorsport No. 911 Walkinshaw Racing
  Peter Hackett   Liam Talbot
R2 No. 63 Eggleston Motorsport No. 911 Walkinshaw Racing
  Peter Hackett   Liam Talbot
R3 No. 63 Eggleston Motorsport
  Peter Hackett
6 R Hampton Downs No. 1 Valvoline
  Geoff Emery
  Garth Tander [5]

Points systemEdit

Points were awarded as follows:[1]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th   21st   22nd   23rd   24th+ 
Qualifying session 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Round 1 R1 25 21 18 15 13 10 9 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Round 1 R2 45 38 32 27 23 18 16 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1
Round 1 R3 50 42 35 30 25 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1
Round 1 R4 80 67 56 48 40 32 29 26 22 19 18 16 14 13 10 8 6 6 5 5 3 3 1 1
Rounds 3, 5 67 56 47 40 33 27 24 21 19 16 15 13 12 10 8 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 3
Rounds 2, 4, 6 300 265 230 195 190 180 165 150 143 135 128 120 113 105 98 90 83 75 68 60 45 30 15 5

Championship standingsEdit

The Australian GT Championship was won by Geoff Emery.[2]

Championship standings after five of six rounds were as follows:

Pos Driver ALB
 
BEN
 
SAN
 
PHI
 
SMP
 
HAM
 
Pts
R1 R2 R3 R4 QP RP R QP RP R1 R2 R3 QP RP R QP RP R1 R2 R3 QP RP R QP RP
1 Fraser Ross 9 2 7 3 10 129 5 6 196 3 2 2 8 167 6 5 185 3 4 3 14 148 825
2 Peter Hackett 7 3 6 2 7 135 6 13 193 1 6 4 12 146 11 7 135 2 2 1 20 199 808
3 Geoff Emery 3 5 2 5 12 135 12 5 125 2 4 1 12 175 5 14 204 4 3 4 7 134 773
4 Liam Talbot 5 6 3 4 6 120 2 17 282 4 3 3 15 149 Ret 15 15 1 1 2 12 202 768
5 Steven Richards 6 11 5 11 1 64 3 5 235 7 13 10 10 62 2 15 280 6 7 5 12 96 737
6 Tony Bates Ret 7 10 7 7 64 4 3 198 8 1 12 6 107 1 11 311 7 DNS 9 3 46 726
7 Max Twigg
Tony D'Alberto
4 4 Ret 6 15 89 1 15 315 3 6 236 640
8 Daniel Gaunt Ret 7 10 7 7 64 4 3 198 1 11 311 573
9 Scott Taylor 1 9 1 8 12 126 10 0 135 Ret 8 7 0 45 7 2 167 13 8 10 1 50 523
10 Michael Almond 3 5 235 2 15 280 515
11 Craig Baird 1 9 1 8 12 126 10 0 135 7 2 167 428
12 John Martin 5 6 3 4 6 120 2 17 282 Ret 15 15 417
13 Jaie Robson 8 1 8 1 7 156 14 9 114 5 5 6 14 117 387
14 Adrian Deitz
Cameron McConville
8 0 150 8 4 154 8 10 13 7 56 360
15 Yasser Shahin 15 14 112 10 2 137 5 5 7 9 99 348
16 Garth Tander 12 5 125 5 14 204 329
17 Jake Fouracre 6 13 193 11 7 135 328
18 Duvashen Padayachee 5 6 196 12 0 120 316
19 Tony Walls
Warren Luff
7 0 165 9 0 143 308
20 Ash Samadi 12 10 Ret DNS 4 20 9 0 143 13 10 123 286
21 Tony Quinn 10 8 9 9 56 128 11 1 129 10 11 9 4 54 Ret 0 0 Ret 9 12 0 32 239
22 Dylan O'Keefe 9 0 143 13 10 123 266
23 Shane van Gisbergen 11 1 129 12 0 120 249
24 Luke Youlden 15 14 112 10 2 137 249
25 Jim Mangolios 11 13 11 12 3 44 13 4 117 12 12 11 0 41 12 12 14 0 36 238
26 Andrew Fawcett
Jonny Reid
4 1 196 196
27 Jaxon Evans 6 5 185 185
28 Dean Canto 11 13 11 12 3 44 13 4 117 161
29 Rick Capo 7 13 10 10 62 6 7 5 12 96 158
30 Marcel Fassler 3 5 2 5 12 135 135
31 Dominic Storey 7 3 6 2 7 135 135
32 Mark Griffith 9 7 5 1 77 10 11 8 0 52 129
33 David Reynolds 14 9 114 114
34 Peter Edwards
Giancarlo Fisichella
2 12 4 10 8 87 87
35 Dean Koutsoumidis 6 10 Ret 10 53 11 DNS DNS 0 15 68
36 Dean Grant 6 11 5 11 1 64 64
37 Brett Hobson 9 6 11 3 64 64
38 Marc Cini 11 9 8 0 55 55
39 Glen Wood 6 10 Ret 10 53 53
40 Andrew Miedecke
George Miedecke
DNS DSQ 6 4 31 31
41 Justin McMillan 11 DNS DNS 0 15 15
42 Grant Denyer Ret 0 0 0
Pos Driver R1 R2 R3 R4 QP RP R QP RP R1 R2 R3 QP RP R QP RP R1 R2 R3 QP RP R QP RP Pts
ALB
 
BEN
 
SAN
 
PHI
 
SMP
 
HAM
 
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)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

Australian GT4 standingsEdit

The GT4 Division was won by Jeremy Gray [6] driving an Aston Martin Vantage.

Australian Endurance ChampionshipEdit

Teams and driversEdit

Team Vehicle No. Drivers Events
JAMEC PEM Racing Audi R8 LMS 1   Geoff Emery All
  Garth Tander
Ah Apartments Audi R8 LMS 3   Ash Samadi All
  Dylan O'Keefe
Wall Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 6   Adrian Deitz All
  Cameron McConville
Darrell Lea/Keltic Racing McLaren 650S GT3 7   Tony Quinn All
  Shane van Gisbergen 1
  Grant Denyer 2
Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 8   Max Twigg All
  Tony D'Alberto
222   Scott Taylor All
  Craig Baird
International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS 10   Andrew Fawcett 2
  Jonny Reid
Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 11   Tony Walls All
  Warren Luff
KFC Racing Audi R8 LMS 24   Tony Bates All
  Daniel Gaunt
Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 29   Jim Manolios 1
  Dean Canto
McElrea Racing McLaren 650S GT3 58   Duvashen Padayachee 2
  Shane van Gisbergen
59   Fraser Ross All
  Duvashen Padayachee 1
  Jaxon Evans 2
Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 63   Peter Hackett All
  Jake Fouracre
777   Yasser Shahin All
  Luke Youlden
Erebus Motorsport
Aussie Driver Search
Mercedes-AMG GT3 98   Jaie Robson 1
  David Reynolds
BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 100   Steven Richards All
  Michael Almond
Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R 911   Liam Talbot All
  John Martin

Race resultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole Position Race Winner
1 The Bend No. 8 Scott Taylor Motorsport No. 8 Scott Taylor Motorsport
  Max Twigg
  Tony D'Alberto
  Max Twigg
  Tony D'Alberto
2 Phillip Island No. 911 Walkinshaw Racing No. 24 KFC Racing
  Liam Talbot
  John Martin
  Tony Bates
  Daniel Gaunt
3 Hampton Downs No. 1 Valvoline
  Geoff Emery
  Garth Tander [5]

Points systemEdit

Points are awarded as follows:[1]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th   21st   22nd   23rd   24th+ 
Qualifying session 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Rounds 300 265 230 195 190 180 165 150 143 135 128 120 113 105 98 90 83 75 68 60 45 30 15 5

Championship standingsEdit

The Australian Endurance Championship was won by Max Twigg and Tony D'Alberto.[3]

Championship standings after two of three rounds were as follows:

Pos Driver BEN
 
PHI
 
HAM
 
Pts
R QP RP R QP RP R QP RP
1 Max Twigg
Tony D'Alberto
1 15 315 3 6 236 551
2 Steven Richards
Michael Almond
3 5 235 2 15 280 515
3 Tony Bates
Daniel Gaunt
4 3 198 1 11 311 509
4 Fraser Ross 5 6 196 6 5 185 381
5 Geoff Emery
Garth Tander
12 5 125 5 14 204 329
6 Peter Hackett
Jake Fouracre
6 13 193 11 7 135 328
7 Duvashen Padayachee 5 6 196 12 0 120 316
8 Tony Walls
Warren Luff
7 0 165 9 0 143 308
9 Adrian Deitz
Cameron McConville
8 0 150 8 4 154 304
10 Scott Taylor
Craig Baird
10 0 135 7 2 167 302
11 Liam Talbot
John Martin
2 17 282 Ret 15 15 297
12 Ash Samadi
Dylan O'Keefe
9 0 143 13 10 123 266
13 Yasser Shahin
Luke Youlden
15 14 112 10 2 137 249
14 Shane van Gisbergen 11 1 129 12 0 120 249
15 Andrew Fawcett
Jonny Reid
4 1 196 196
16 Jaxon Evans 6 5 185 185
17 Tony Quinn 11 1 129 Ret 0 0 129
18 Jim Manolios
Dean Canto
13 4 117 117
19 Jaie Robson
David Reynolds
14 9 114 114
20 Grant Denyer Ret 0 0 0
Pos Driver R QP RP R QP RP R QP RP Pts
BEN
 
PHI
 
HAM
 
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)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest lap

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2018 CAMS Australian GT Championship/2018 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations – Version 3, docs.cams.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  2. ^ a b Championship Standings, 2018 CAMS Australian GT Championship, australiangt.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  3. ^ a b Championship Standings, 2018 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, australiangt.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  4. ^ "Revised calendar marks biggest season ever". Australian GT. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b Daniel Herrero, Tander/Emery win electrifying Aus GT finale, Sunday 14th October, 2018, www.speedcafe.com Retrieved 22 December 2018
  6. ^ Australian GT4 Standings, australiangt.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org