Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

Solid progress for M-Motorsport in Townsville

MMotorsport Townsville Q2 JLB med2 mpixThe M-Motorsport/Interlloy team traveled north to the streets of Townsville for Rnd#3 of the Australian GT Championship, looking for a solid result on a circuit they felt much better suited the Reiter Engineering built Camaro than the fast flowing Phillip Island venue on which they last competed.

Having claimed pole position at Townsville in their Reiter-built Lamborghini Gallardo in 2014, team-leader Justin McMillan was expecting to be right in the mix on the demanding street circuit, and whilst the end result for he and rising young star Jack Le Brocq wasn’t everything they were hoping for, there were still plenty of positives.

“The car was everything I’d hoped it would be,” McMillan admitted post-event. “The lack of high aero corners, and the ability to fire the car out of slower corners, really played to our strengths, however there is an inherent issue with the car which we’ve now uncovered which meant that we were really fighting it all weekend.

“Like most drivers, I enjoy hanging the tail out under acceleration, but it’s no way to put a quick lap together, yet despite that, and the fact that it bit me in race one, I was quicker than I’d been last year in the Gallardo, and we were often one of the fastest cars on the circuit, so look out when we get it sorted!”

Limited practice saw both Le Brocq and McMillan behind the wheel on Friday for the single timed session, before an afternoon qualifying session saw McMillan turn out the 13th fastest time in the 32-car field.

Le Brocq too impressed in the second qualifier to be 12th fastest and just a second off a third row start, although both drivers admitted they were pretty ‘busy’ during their qualifying laps, and both impacted by traffic.

McMillan started the Interlloy-liveried crowd favourite in race one, making gains off the start before settling into a comfortable rhythm behind the John Bowe Bentley.

“I was surprised to be able to just stick with JB and follow him around. I was comfortable, there was no need to push, and I was just pumping out laps ahead of the compulsory pit stop, but then I got caught out.”

Coming out of one of the tight right-handers, McMillan got on the throttle and the car immediately stepped into oversteer, although this time he wasn’t able to catch it.

“It’s a handful, no question, but I’d been ready for it every other time, but this time it just got a little wide and clipped the wall. There was no immediate structural damage, but the rim broke and deflated the tyre, and being a long way from the pits, I thought it better to pull off the circuit in case the damage was worse.

“Fortunately it was an easy fix once we got back to the garage, and the car was ready for race two. In one way I’m disappointed, but in another, we showed good race pace, and were racing ahead of a lot of guys I was matching speed with last year, so in the end, I’d have to say I was pretty happy.”

Sadly, whilst the car was relatively undamaged, the result meant that Le Brocq would be forced to start at the rear of the 32-car field but he quickly, and cautiously worked his way through the field to be inside the top 15 by lap ten, the V8 Supercar Development Series driver one of the fastest cars on track.

“It wasn’t easy, because some of the guys near the back suddenly felt they were racing you for position, even though we were a lot faster, but it wasn’t something I hadn’t seen before, so you had to be careful where you picked your moment, because you could often find the door slammed firmly shut on you mid corner.

“The pace was good, probably a lot quicker than I was expecting, but tough to show when you’re coming through the pack.”

Pitting just off the tail of the top ten, McMillan dived into the car, punching out a string of consistent laps to find himself caught up in the race for the lead over the closing laps.

“We might have finished higher up the order, but I let - race leader - Nathan Antunes through because there was no need to hold him up, but then the Safety Car came out. If I hadn’t let him through we’d have been able to claim a few more over the closing laps, but still I was happy with our 12th paced finish, and I think Jack’s best was inside the top seven, and the car is nowhere near its potential.

“After three rounds we think we’re onto what’s wrong with the car, and will be working with Reiter Engineering to resolve the handling issues, so I think you’ll see us move forward again when we get to the next round.

“I’m happy that both Camaros ran faultlessly with no mechanical woes, and we showed good pace, now the work starts to be ready and competitive for Sydney!”

Whilst M-Motorsport will be working closely with Reiter Engineering to further improve the car, McMillan too has his own plans to get further knowledge of the popular American inspired GT3 car, revealing that he will join Clipsal 500 partner Tomas Enge in a 12-Hour GT race in the Czech Republic later in the year.

“It’s all a part of the development program we have in place with Reiter,” McMillan confirmed. “I want to work more closely with them, and in turn they want to assist us as a team, and me as a driver to get the most out of the car, and nothing does that better than race miles. I’m looking forward to it!”

The fourth round of the Australian GT Championship will be held once more on the V8 Supercar program, on the weekend of 11-13 September at Sydney Motorsport Park in Eastern Creek.


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Rnd#3 2015 Australian GT Championship
Townsville, Queensland (10-12 July)
Qualifying #1: (10 July)
1. Tony D’Alberto (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.9713
2. Steve Owen (Ford GT GT3) - 1:13.4001
3. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 1:13.4746
4. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:13.7628
5. Graeme Smythe (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:13.8080
6. James Koundouris (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:14.1658
13. Justin McMillan (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:15.7446

Qualifying #2: (11 July)
1. Jono Lester (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.1179
2. Christopher Mies (Jamec-Pem Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra) - 1:12.1639
3. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 1:12.6556
4. Bradley Shiels (Porsche GT3-R) - 1:12.8518
5. Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 1:12.9519
6. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3) - 1:12.9997
12. Jack Le Brocq (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 1:14.0345

Race#1 (60-minutes): (11 July)
1. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) - 46-laps
2. Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
3. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3)
4. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra)
5. James Koundouris (Porsche GT3-R)
6. John Magro (Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3)
DNF. Justin McMillan/Jack Le Brocq (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 7-laps

Race#2 (60-minutes): (12 July)
1. Nathan Antunes (Skwirk/Beechwood Audi R8 GT3 ultra) - 43-laps
2. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3)
3. Klark Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
4. Tony Walls (McLaren 650S GT3)
5. Tony Quinn (McLaren 650S GT3)
6. Steven McLaughlan (Jamec-Pem Audi R8 LMS GT3 ultra)
12. Jack Le Brocq/Justin McMillan (Interlloy Chevrolet Camaro GT3) - 42-laps


2015 Australian GT Championship (points after round three of six)

GT Championship Class

1. Tony Quinn (330-points), 2. Nathan Antunes (318), 3. Christopher Mies/Greg Crick (300), 4. Tony D’Alberto/Grant Denyer (236), 5. Klark Quinn (234), 6. Max Twigg/Geoff Emery (229), 7. Jono Lester (216), 8. James Koundouris (178), 9. Tony Walls (165), 10. Steven McLaughlan (150), 21. Justin McMillan (60), 29. Jack Le Brocq (34)


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