2009 Australian GT Championship season

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2009 Australian GT Championship season
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The 2009 Australian GT Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing title for drivers of closed production based sports cars which are either approved by the FIA for GT3 competition or approved by CAMS as Australian GTs.[1]

The GT Championship division for FIA GT3 specification vehicles[2] was won by former Carrera Cup racer David Wall driving a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S for the family owned Wall Racing team, which included race victories at Albert Park, Phillip Island, Eastern Creek and Mount Panorama for a comfortable victory margin of almost 90 points over another former Carrera Cup racer James Koundouris. Veteran Jim Richards, driving Wall's 2008 Carrera Cup car, finished third in the championship. Neither Koundouris or Richards took race wins in the series. The other race winners were Craig Baird, whose Mosler dominated the opening round at Adelaide but the team was sold mid-season leaving Baird without a drive; Dean Grant, whose Lamborghini gained a win at Eastern Creek, and Max Twigg, who debuted a 997 GT3 Cup S similar to Wall's at the final round at Sydney Olympic Park to dominate the event.

The GT Challenge division for older cars,[2] (mostly Porsche 996 Carrera Cup cars and one-make specification Ferraris and Maseratis), was won by Jordan Ormsby whose old Porsche GT3-RS dominated the series after Klark Quinn was moved from the Challenge division to the Championship division. Quinn won the first five races for the season prior to that. Michael Loccisano was second driving a 996 Carrera Cup with Keith Wong third driving a Ferrari 360.

The GT Production division for production based sportscars[2] was won by Chevrolet Corvette driver, Paul Freestone. Lotus Exige drivers Mark O'Connor and Tim Poulton completed the top three.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following drivers competed in the 2009 Australian GT Championship.

Team Manufacturer Car model Division No Driver
Jocaro Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo Championship 1 Australia Mark Eddy
2 Australia Dean Grant
Dodge Viper GTS ACR 3 Australia Ross Lilley
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 50 Australia Calvin Pusterla
Consolidated Chemical Company Lamborghini Gallardo Championship 4 Australia Ted Hughlin
Australia John Bowe
Taplin Real Estate Lamborghini Gallardo Championship 5 Australia Andrew Taplin
Golf Car Solutions Porsche 996 GT3 RS Challenge 6 Australia Jordan Ormsby
VIP Petfoods Racing Aston Martin DBRS9 Championship 7 United Kingdom Tony Quinn
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup
997 GT3 Cup
Challenge
Championship
12 Australia Klark Quinn
Greg Murphy Racing Porsche 996 GT3 RSR Championship 8 Australia Simon Middleton
Creative Colour Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 8 Australia Jeff Bobik
Hallmarc Developments Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 9 Australia Marc Cini
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 19 Australia Michael Loccisano
SMS Commander Lotus Exige S Production 10 Australia Mark O'Connor
Briggs Motor Sport Dodge Viper GTS ACR Championship 11 Australia John Briggs
Jim Richards Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 15 New Zealand Jim Richards
Twigg Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
997 GT3 Cup S
Championship 18 Australia Max Twigg
Team Palmer Dodge Viper GTS ACR Championship 20 Australia Ian Palmer
Bayside Church Ferrari F430 GT3 Championship 21 United Kingdom Hector Lester
Bruce Lynton BMW BMW M3 Production 23 Australia Beric Lynton
Freestone's Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Production 25 Australia Paul Freestone
Maranello Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT3 Championship 27 Australia Nick O'Halloran
Denmark Allan Simonsen
360 Challenge Challenge 37 Australia Andrew Barlow
Trofeo Motorsport Maserati Trofeo Light Challenge 29 Australia Jim Manolios
Australia Rod Wilson
Warrin Mining Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 30 Australia Adam Wallis
Kirchner Constructions Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 33 Australia Fraser Kirchner
PR Racing Technology
Wall Racing
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S Championship 38 Australia David Wall
996 GT3 RSR Championship 39 Australia Des Wall
Championship
Challenge
Australia Paul Tresidder
996 GT3 Cup Challenge 58 Australia Richard Kimber
Maserati Trofeo Production 42 Australia Kai Mysliwiecz
Brennan Voice Data & IT Ferrari F430 GT3 Championship 43 Australia David Stevens
Supabarn Supermarkets Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 47 Australia Theo Koundouris
997 GT3 Cup
997 GT3 Cup S
69 Australia James Koundouris
AMAC Motorsport Lotus Exige S Production 51 Australia Andrew MacPherson
Australia Mike Reedy
Mosler MT900R Championship Australia Andrew MacPherson
Donut King Racing HSV
Nissan
Coupé GTS
GT-R
Production 54 Australia Tony Alford
John Teulan Racing Mosler MT900R Championship 55 New Zealand Craig Baird
88 Australia John Teulan
McGrath Estate Agents Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 56 Australia Shane Smollen
HSV Coupé GTS Production 56 Australia Barrie Nesbitt
Austral Racing Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 63 Australia Richard Green
Racing Incident Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 66 Australia Peter Hill
Eric Bana Racing Porsche 996 GT3 Cup Challenge 67 Australia Eric Bana
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Championship 71 Australia Shaun Juniper
Bicycle Express Motorsport Ferrari 360 Challenge Challenge 74 Australia Keith Wong
OOAK Racing Lotus Exige S Production 77 Australia Timothy Poulton
Cue Lotus Elise HDPE Championship 78 Australia Justin Levis
Pariah Motorsport Lotus Exige GT3 Championship 98 Australia Angelo Lazaris
Ferrari 430 Challenge Challenge 99 Indonesia Maher Algadrie

Season review[edit]

Race calendar[edit]

The championship was contested over a six round series.[3] Within each division, each driver could count only his/her best five round results.[4]

Rd. Event Circuit City / State Date Winner
Championship Challenge Production
Rd 1 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 19–22 March Craig Baird Klark Quinn Mark O'Connor
Rd 2 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 26–29 March David Wall Klark Quinn Paul Freestone
Rd 3 Australian GT Classic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 16–17 May David Wall Jordan Ormsby Paul Freestone
Rd 4 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, New South Wales 18–19 July David Wall Jordan Ormsby Paul Freestone
Rd 5 Bathurst 1000 Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 8–11 October David Wall Paul Tresidder Paul Freestone
Rd 6 Sydney 500 Homebush Street Circuit Sydney, New South Wales 4–6 December Max Twigg Michael Loccisano Tony Alford

Drivers Championship[edit]

Points score sourced from:[5][6]

Pos Driver Round 1 – ADE[7] Round 2 – ALB[8] Round 3 – PHI[9] Round 4 – EAS[10] Round 5 – BAT[11] Round 6 – SOP[12] Pts
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2
GT Championship
1 David Wall 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 4th 544
2 James Koundouris 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 6th 10th 8th 5th 4th 5th 4th 5th 6th 9th 455.5
3 Jim Richards Ret 13th 8th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 7th 6th 451
4 Ross Lilley 15th 18th 12th 14th 11th 3rd 4th 6th 5th 6th 7th 8th 8th 7th 431.5
5 Dean Grant 9th 8th 6th 8th Ret 11th 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Ret 13th 10th 8th 404
6 Marc Cini 10th 9th 7th 11th 12th 9th Ret 7th 10th 9th 9th 9th 9th 5th 389
7 Theo Koundouris Ret 11th Ret 10th 8th Ret 10th 8th 8th 7th 6th 7th 3rd 2nd 371.5
8 Tony Quinn Ret Ret DNS 2nd 2nd 14th 16th Ret 9th Ret 11th 2nd 4th 3rd 355
9 Max Twigg 6th 4th 4th 5th 5th Ret 11th Ret 6th Ret 1st 1st 340.5
10 Mark Eddy 8th 7th 11th 7th 7th 11th 2nd 3rd 7th 2nd DNS DNS 334.5
11 Peter Hill 5th 6th 10th 18th 13th 12th 6th 11th 10th 297
12 Ted Huglin 20th 21st 18th 21st 19th 5th 9th 17th 18th 24th Ret 294
13 Simon Middleton 8th 12th 15th 19th 17th 24th 216
14 Andrew Macpherson 15th 14th 11th 12th 16th 25th 21st 213
15 Nick O'Halloran 12th 10th 14th 15th 31st 4th 7th 212.5
16 Ian Palmer 17th 15th Ret Ret 23rd DNS 13th 19th Ret DNS 8th 10th Ret DNS 210.5
17 Andrew Taplin 7th Ret 19th 12th 9th 6th 5th 197.5
18 Klark Quinn 2nd 3rd 5th Ret 148.5
19 Craig Baird 1st 1st 1st Ret Ret 114
20 Allan Simonsen 4th 7th 91.5
Shaun Juniper 5th 6th 91.5
22 John Bowe 5th 9th 87
23 Angelo Lazaris Ret Ret 10th 11th 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret 78
24 Des Wall 14th 16th 13th 73
25 Shane Smollen 13th 11th 72
David Stevens 12th 16th 72
27 Justin Levis 17th 15th 47
28 Paul Tresidder 20th 18th 44
Hector Lester 4th 4th
John Teulan Ret DNS DNS Ret Ret DNS DNS DNS
John Briggs Ret Ret DNS
GT Challenge
1 Jordan Ormsby 11th 12th 9th 13th 14th 17th 14th 11th 13th 9th 21st 15th 14th 15th 531(601)
2 Michael Loccisano 18th 19th 15th Ret 20th 7th Ret 19th Ret 15th 12th 345
3 Keith Wong 19th 23rd 17th 22nd 21st 21st 20th 238
4 Andrew Barlow 16th 17th 16th 19th 17th 12th 12th DNS 233
5 Paul Tresidder 13th 11th 16th 13th 216
6 Richard Kimber 21st 20th Ret Ret DNS 20th Ret 20th 19th 198.5
7 Klark Quinn 3rd 5th 5th 9th 10th 190
8 Eric Bana 23rd 22nd 18th 14th 156.5
9 Jim Manolios 18th 15th 102
Rod Wilson 18th 15th 102
11 Calvin Pusterla 19th 17th 93
12 Adam Wallis 13th 14th Ret 66
Jeff Bobik 16th 16th 66
14 Fraser Kirchner 24th 24th 57
15 Richard Green 27th 26th 55
Maher Algadrie DNS DNS
GT Production
1 Paul Freestone 26th 25th 16th 17th 13th 15th 14th 10th 12th 23rd 23rd 504.5
2 Mark O'Connor 22nd 24th 20th 32nd 28th 15th 18th Ret DNS DNS 14th 14th Ret 18th 440
3 Tim Poulton Ret 22nd 21st 28th 29th 13th Ret 16th 18th 12th 16th Ret Ret Ret 347.5
4 Tony Alford 29th 33rd Ret 16th 13th 18th 17th 22nd 22nd 338
5 Beric Lynton 24th Ret 22nd 25th 27th 139
6 Kai Mysliwiecz 14th 17th 15th 100
7 Andrew Macpherson 23rd Ret DNS 30th 30th DNS DNS 97
8 Barrie Nesbitt 31st 32nd 60
Mike Reedy DNS DNS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Note: After an incident at the start of race 3 at the second round at Albert Park, competitors completed only three laps (two of which were behind the safety car) before the race was stopped. With less than half the race completed it was declared a 'no race' and no series points were awarded.[13]

Australian Tourist Trophy[edit]

The 2009 Australian Tourist Trophy was awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to the driver gaining the highest aggregate points total in the Eastern Creek and Phillip Island rounds of the 2009 Australian GT Championship.[14] The title, which was the twentieth Australian Tourist Trophy, was won by David Wall driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S Type 997.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GT Championship Eligible Automobiles
  2. ^ a b c Australian GT – About us – Division system
  3. ^ Australian GT Events 2009 Event Information Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 23 December 2009
  4. ^ 2009 AGTC Sporting Regulations as archived at www.webcitation.org on 7 January 2010
  5. ^ Australian GT – Archives – 2009 Championship Points Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 20 March 2010 Archived at www.webcitation.org on 20 March 2010
  6. ^ Australian GT – Archives – 2009 Round Points Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 20 March 2010 Archived at www.webcitation.org on 20 March 2010
  7. ^ "Adelaide Parklands Circuit 22/03/2009 2009 Clispal 500 Adelaide". National Software. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit 29/03/2009 2009 Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix". National Software. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 17/05/2009 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships 2009 – Round 3". National Software. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Eastern Creek International Raceway 19/07/2009 Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championship – Round 6". National Software. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Mount Panorama – Bathurst 11/10/2009 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – 2009 V8 Supercars – Race 18". National Software. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit 06/12/2009 Sydney Telstra 500 – 2009 V8 Supercars – Race 25 & 26". National Software. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  13. ^ Wall Wins VodkaO Australian GT Championship Round 2 at Australian Grand Prix Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 18 January 2009 Archived at www.webcitation.org on 18 January 2009
  14. ^ a b Australian Titles, docs.cams.com.au As archived at www.webcitation.org on 16 July 2014

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