Garth Tander and Yasser Shahin have taken an exciting victory within the second race of the SRO GT World Problem Australia Spherical 2 at Bathurst, with a last-lap cross on Prince Jefri Ibrahim within the #888 Triple 8 Race Engineering Mercedes AMG at Forrest Elbow clinching victory for Shahin and the #777 The Bend Motorsport Park Audi R8 workforce.
“I knew I had the tempo, however it was so arduous to search out the spot to do it safely,” stated Yasser Shahin concerning the transfer. “His [Prince Jefri] mistake on the Dipper gave me the possibility that I wanted”
“Thrilled – The stuff goals are manufactured from! Credit score to Garth [Tander], he gave it to me with just a few seconds behind the blokes after which the Security Automotive got here. It was good. It’s good when it comes collectively.”
The race was arrange for a grandstand end, with a Security Automotive referred to as simply because the pit window had closed because of a second for Arthur Abrahams, hitting the wall beneath The Tree, which tore the left rear wheel from the #91 Canon Meals Audi R8. Shahin, 4th within the practice, managed to cross the #4 Grove Racing Porsche on the wave of the inexperienced flag, earlier than chasing down the battle for the lead.
The #24 Bostik Audi R8 of Tony Bates and Chaz Mostert rounded out the rostrum, with The #4 Grove Racing Porsche 911 of Stephen and Brenton Grove, and Brad Schumacher’s #55 Kelso Electrical Audi R8 LMS Extremely rounding out the highest 5.
The early morning begin noticed hotter than anticipated temperatures, which appeared to favour The #888 Triple 8 Race Engineering Mercedes AMG, began by Shane van Gisbergen, and the #24 Bostik Audi of Chaz Mostert. They pulled out to an 8 second hole from Garth Tander within the #777 The Bend Motorsport Park Audi R8, earlier than the pit window noticed Mostert and Tander dive into the pits a lap forward of van Gisbergen.
Whereas the Security Automotive for Abraham’s second beneath the tree enabled Prince Jefri the chance to renew the race within the lead, the compression of the sector meant that it could be a ten minute dash to the road.
There was a complicating issue; a lap down Mark Cini within the #9 Hallmark Audi R8 had managed to separate the #888 Mercedes AMG from the remainder of the Professional-Am subject. Because the race went to inexperienced, Bates within the #24 Bostik Audi managed to cross the lapped runner up Mountain Straight, however Shahin, who had already handed Stephen Grove within the #4 Grove Racing Porsche, was caught behind Cini’s #9 Audi for the run over the mountain, dropping virtually 4 seconds in a single lap.
Shahin then set about closing the hole to the battling duo out entrance, latching onto the rear of Bates’ Audi with solely 5 minutes left. The sudden stress from behind allowed Ibrahim the possibility to stretch a 2 second benefit earlier than Shahin made the transfer into second, wrapping round Bates on the entry to Griffiths Bend.
The 2 second buffer was virtually sufficient, however a pair of cracking laps from Shahin arrange a final lap thriller. A small oversteer second exiting the dipper for Ibrahim left the door open at The Elbow, and Shahin squeezed his Audi by, escaping down Conrod straight to take victory by solely half a second.
The victory is the third for the Tander/Shahin #777 The Bend Motorsport Park pair, and cements their championship lead after spherical two of the SRO GT World Problem Australia Championship.
Brad Schumacher received the Trophy class race, coming house in 5th within the #55 Kelso Engineering Audi R8 LMS Extremely after an incredible restart noticed him make 3 positions. The primary stint was managed by Paul Stokell within the #124 KFC Audi R8, however the Security Automotive fell on the improper level for the workforce, with Greg Hiddon falling down the order to complete 5th in school.
Second in trophy class was Max Twigg within the #23 KFC Audi R8 LMS, with third going to Nick Kelly within the #99 Industrie Audi R8 LMS Extremely. Sadly the robust exhibiting from Brett Hobson within the #96 Hobson Motorsports Nissan GTR wasn’t replicated in race two, with the Nissan GTR unable to make the grid.
Am honours wnt the way in which of the #7 Native Legends Aston Martin Vantage of Tony Quinn, after an incredible early-race tussle with Ben Porter within the #51 Imak Kwikmit Lamborghini Huracan. Porter and teammate Andrew MacPherson completed second in school, with Mark Cini’s #9 Hallmark Audi a lap down. Mark Griffith once more closed out GT4 victory in his #19 Daimler Vehicles Brisbane Mercedes GT4.
After two rounds of the SRO GT World Problem Australia championship, the #777 The Bend Motorsport Park Shahin/Tander mixture holds a 17 level lead over the #888 Triple 8 Race Engineering AMG of Prince Jefri Ibrahim. The following spherical of the collection is at The Bend Motorsport Park, from Might 7-9.
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