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BMW Team SRM hit the Barbagallo circuit for the third round of the CAMS Australian GT Championship for practice and qualifying, and whilst there was a lot of anticipation for what the series’ maiden visit to Western Australia would provide after a seven week break, mother nature contributed more than just a little with very little dry running.SRM-BMW060516_V8SCR4_PPERTH_DKIMG_1401_med

“We were champing at the bit to get the BMW back on track after what seemed like an eternity since the Grand Prix,” team-boss Steven Richards admitted. “We haven’t been on track since, but we have been working with the car and received some important updates from Germany which aligns us more closely to the rest of the M6 GT3s competing around the world.

“The most obvious change has been to our brake package. The system they’re using in the US and Europe wasn’t available to us for Clipsal and the Grand Prix, and it was honestly one of our weak points, so we were really looking forward to testing things today, but the weather had other ideas.

“We did get some dry running for Max [Twigg], which was great, but my qualifying session was marred by a red flag and then traffic, but we were comfortably top ten, so that’s certainly a promising start.”

2016 will be the first time that the Australian GT Championship has ever contested a round in the country’s west, but whilst a number of his GT rivals have never competed on the short Barbagallo layout (2.423-km), Richards has enjoyed some success at the venue in the past, although he admits that whilst short, it’s not without its challenges.

“Even though the circuit is quite short the corners there are quite fast so it should actually be quite a good circuit for the GT cars.

“They’ll get to use all their aerodynamic grip and it’s a nice smooth circuit as well so the cars will be at their optimum.”

With the weather expected to be clear and relatively cool across the weekend, the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 M6 GT3 is expecting to enjoy almost ideal conditions, from which the team hope to collect more valuable data.

“In essence qualifying was a little frustrating because we really wanted to test the improvements on the car, but we should get that opportunity during the two races. I’ll start race one, with Max starting the second race, and I think we’re in for a good weekend, I’m looking for top ten in both races.”

2016 CAMS Australian GT Championship
Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia (6-8 May)

Schedule: [AWST – GMT +8]
Saturday, 7 May
12:15pm – Race#1 (60-minutes)

Sunday, 8 May
11:25am – Race#2 (60-minutes)

Source. Motorsport Media


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