Selected driver quotes after Australian GT Melbourne Friday race

Selected driver quotes after Australian GT Melbourne Friday race

08.11.2019: Rnd#7 CAMS Australian GT Championship Rnd#2 Dutton Garage Sandown GT Cup Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria Friday, November 8th 2019 1. 63. Peter Hackett (Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3)

Rnd#7 CAMS Australian GT Championship
Rnd#2 Dutton Garage Sandown GT Cup
Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria
Friday, November 8th 2019



1. 63. Peter Hackett (Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3)



“It was actually really difficult because we were in a mindset of 40-minutes with a strategy and pit stop window, then as we sat on the dummy grid they say it’s a 20-minute race and the compulsory pit stop time is now halved and it just changed the whole mentality. From there it was literally a sprint race, 20-minutes as fast as you could go.


The boys got their elbows out in turn one, Batesy got a great start and I wasn’t sure how that was going to play, then turn two got even more hectic and turn three they all backed up. I don’t think I’ve seen a GT race in the first three corners like that where there was minimal contact, but we got through.


The team were telling me ‘qualifying laps Peter’ we didn’t know what the weather was going to do or what a safety car was going to do, but we came away with the win..!”




2. 19. Mark Griffith (Griffith Corporation Mercedes AMG GT3)


“That was fantastic.. I got caught up early with a couple of the Porsches, but once clear I was okay, but Peter [Hackett] got the jump during the pit stop and I couldn’t match his pace, but to come back into the AMG for the first time since Barbagallo and be on the podium is brilliant.”




3. 129. Liam Talbot (Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3)


“The race was good - I thought we got an okay start. It’s a bit awkward going into turn one, you don’t know who’s going to out-brake themselves, and being on the outside you don’t want to get taken out. From there we got into P2, but by then the damage had been done and the gap to P1 was too great. We kept ay it and went for a late pit strategy in case the rain came, but unfortunately on that lap we got a puncture.”




5. 1. Geoff Emery (Valvoline Audi R8 LMS GT3)


“It would have been better for us on a wet tyre out there, but the rain came a bit late. We played it safe, but we’ve still got a good margin in the championship, so one more race and if we’re up after that by 67 points or more, we should have title number three!”




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