Apr 11, 2017
KTM GT4 debrief from Sandown debut
After a standout debut at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the mighty Interlloy KTM X-Bow GT4 made a return to the circuit over the weekend for the opening round of the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series at the Shannons Nationals first round at Sandown.
M-Motorsport team boss Justin McMillan was joined by Dean Koutsoumidis for the car’s debut in the series, and said the car has made improvements since it first raced in February around the Mountain.
"We showed at Bathurst just how impressive the KTM is after claiming the GT4 lap record and leading by three laps ahead of a final hour drama with electrics," McMillan said.
"The car was essentially flawless and in GT4-spec, we were effectively untouchable, we were relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with the other marques.
"Sometimes the introduction of a new concept like GT4 it takes a little time to get the field together, but we're expecting by the end of the season to be battling door-to-door with a number of other GT4 cars."
The CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series field at Sandown featured older-generation GT3 cars and V8-powered MARC cars, which saw the KTM out-gunned in the performance stakes.
"The beauty of using Sandown as an effective test session for the car was that we faced weather we'd not driven before, and that gave us a huge amount of data to add to that we received from Reiter Engineering when we took the delivery of the car, it was invaluable," McMillan said.
"We qualified well, although not obviously not in the league of the much fastest GT3 cars, then Dean and I had two terrific races where we faced some pretty tough conditions.
"I was very happy with the car, although it was a bit of a handful in the wet in Race 1, but from what we learnt from that, we went three-seconds faster in Race 2."
The KTM X-Bow GT4 will be back on track at the next round of the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series, which will be at the Shannons Nationals round at Winton in June.