Jul 9, 2013
MCMILLAN AND RICHARDS READY FOR SYDNEY
V8 Supercar part-timer and Carrera Cup regular Steven Richards joins the M Motorsport/GB Galvanizing team again this weekend for the fourth round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, and he - like effervescent team owner Justin McMillan - is looking forward to seeing just how quick the 2013-spec Lamborghini really is.
“Eastern Creek perhaps suits the strengths of the Gallardo more than any other circuit the series competes on this year,” Richards explained. “It’s perfectly suited to mid-to-high-speed corners, and there’s more than a few of them at SMP.
“We tested there a month or so back, and the car was seriously quick with its new aero package, and Justin impressed me again with his speed, I keep having to remind myself that he’s still just a rookie at this level, but he’s committed, and I think SMP will suit his driving style as well, so we should be in for a good weekend.”
“I almost didn’t enter for this round,” McMillan added. “I’m so busy with work that I knew my focus wouldn’t have been 100% on the job, especially with it being my first time competing at Sydney, but with Richo available I had someone that could help set up the car and coach me through the weekend without having to do the two hour long races on my own.
“We’ll also have Paul Ceprnich [PACE Innovations] with us - thanks to his involvement with Reiter Engineering - so I’m really looking forward to having him work alongside Ash Seward and the team to impart the knowledge he’s taken from his time in Europe. He’s been instrumental in getting the new Gallardo to work overseas, so I know he will be able to unlock some of the things they’ve found over there and add to the speed we’ve found since we unveiled the updated car at Phillip Island.
“I like the Sydney Motorsport Park layout too, especially turn one, that’s balls out, and I think we might surprise a few people, especially with Richo’s pace. Roger [Lago] was quick in his Gallardo last year and won the opening race before an off whilst leading in race two, so we know the Lamborghini will be fast, it will just be a matter of how fast..”
Quick at a circuit he knows intimately, the M Motorsport team were left with some remedial work after the Phillip Island round after Justin suffered a lurid spin down the front straight in the opening race, but with fresh spares from Reiter, the car is back to its pristine best for Sydney.
“That was typical Murphy’s Law,” McMillan shrugged. “In the end we probably updated the car too soon, because I don’t like to do anything by halves, and in that situation we didn’t have a full compliment of spares because the 2013-spec was so new, Reiter didn’t have a big supply of extra parts, so it was almost pre-determined that we’d have an incident.
“I now have two complete sets of spares in case we have any problems from this point on, but in typical Murphy’s fashion, they’ll probably sit in the truck and collect dust.. at least I hope so.”
Opening practice begins on Friday, July 12 at 10:25am followed by a second session at 1:40pm and a third at 2:55pm. Qualifying kicks off at 11:25am on Saturday (July 13), with the opening one-hour race scheduled for 1:55pm. Sunday’s second one-hour race will begin at 12:15pm.
2013 Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli
Championship points (after three rounds of six)
GT Championship 1. Klark Quinn (195 points), 2. Tony Quinn (141), 3. Roger Lago (135), 4. Craig Baird (133), 5. Edwards/Bowe (118), 6. Koutsoumidis/McInnes (115), 7. Justin McMillan (111), 8. Jack Le Brocq (110), 9. Jim Manolios (70), 10. Christian Klien (70), 11. Rod Salmon (65), 12. Andrew Taplin (59), 13. Van Gisbergen/Kingsley (54), 14. Simonsen/Salo (50), 15. James Winslow (42), 16. Murphy/Capelli (37), 17. Middleton/O’Young (30), 18.Richards/Lilley (28), 19. Slade/Holdsworth/Hackett (26), 20. Mok Weng Sun/Griffin (25), 21. Lowndes/Luff (21), 22. Roloff/Schneider/Jaeger (19), 23. Russell/Kox (16)
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