Sep 9, 2016
HARDEMAN TOPS PORSCHE QUALIFYING
Title hopeful Hamish Hardeman has completed the opening day of the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series finale in perfect fashion, claiming pole position for the first of three series deciding races.
The series leader navigated tricky, variable weather conditions in qualifying to post the quickest time (1:44.1281), 0.19secs ahead of his title rival Jaxon Evans, with fellow Professional Class racer, Jake Klarich, in third.
The drying circuit saw almost the entire field post their best time on the final two laps of the session.
Hardeman’s best time was achieved on his final lap of the day and will start tomorrow’s all important race one in the number one grid position.
“That was an exciting qualifying session. I was happy to put a good lap together and take pole position; I’ll just push forward into race one with that confidence and hopefully get a solid result,” Hardeman said.
“I’ll go home, get a good night’s sleep and come into tomorrow with a good mindset entering the first of three important races.”
Anthony Gilbertson had his best qualifying effort of the season in fourth, claiming pole position in the Elite Class after a tumultuous session on track.
“I’m stoked to get my first pole position in the Elite Class. This was my first time driving in the wet, ever, and my first time driving with wet tyres on any race car so I’m really happy to get pole position under those circumstances,” Gilbertson said.
“I went into the tyre barrier on my first flying lap. I came into the pits, then tried to ease back into the session, getting quicker and quicker before getting the job done on the last lap.”
Sam Shahin was a close second in class after the Friday afternoon session, a narrow 0.04secs off Gilbertson’s best time, with Elite Class points leader Tim Miles in third from Brian Finn, Ross McGregor and series returnee and series co-founder, Sven Burchartz, ninth overall and sixth in class.
Michael Stillwell was the 10th best qualifier from Class B pace-setter Shane Barwood, Michael Tsigeridis, Brendan Cook and Tony Martin.
The final three races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia presented by Pirelli series will be held on Saturday, with all three titles – Professional Class, Elite Class and Class B – to be decided on the final day of competition.