2010 Australian GT Championship season
|2010 Australian GT Championship season|
The 2010 Australian GT Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing championship open to closed production based sports cars which were either approved by the FIA for GT3 competition or approved by CAMS as Australian GTs. The championship, which was the 14th Australian GT Championship, incorporated drivers titles in three divisions, GT Championship, GT Challenge and GT Production.
Defending champion David Wall became the first multiple championship winner in the history of the title with a 30 point victory over fellow Porsche driver, James Koundouris. Wall, driving the family team's Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S, won five races and claimed round wins at Adelaide and Eastern Creek. Third places at Albert Park and at Bathurst were enough of a buffer to hold off Phillip Island round winner Koundouris, even after being excluded from the first race at Sandown. Dean Grant was third in the championship.
Other round winners were Porsche driver Max Twigg, at Albert Park and Tony Quinn, at Bathurst and Sandown. After heavily damaging his Mosler MT900R at the opening round of the championship, Quinn returned to the series at Bathurst with his 2009 car, an Aston Martin DBRS9 and dominated the meeting. Quinn reverted to the Mosler at Sandown and won both races, allowing him to climb into fourth in the championship.
In the GT Challenge division, Shane Smollen took a 120 point win over fellow Porsche GT3 driver, Michael Loccisano, with Ray Angus placed third.
Chevrolet driver Paul Freestone came from behind at the final round of the series to defeat Nissan driver Tony Alford and take victory in the GT Production division. Lotus driver Mark O'Connor was third.
Controversy erupted after two major accidents at the second round of the series, which supported the 2010 Australian Grand Prix. A grid pile-up caused heavy damage to various vehicles at the start of one race and resulted in changes to regulations for rolling restarts, which have had consequences beyond GT racing. Additionally a multi-car accident that occurred under yellow flag conditions saw penalties levied against Porsche drivers Ray Angus and Andrew Taplin after they tangled with a slow moving damaged car and the parked Ascari of John Bowe.
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers contested the 2010 Australian GT Championship.
|Wall Racing||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup S||Championship||1||David Wall|
|Dodge||Viper GT3||3||Ross Lilley|
|Audi||R8 GT3||8||Mark Eddy|
|Consolidated Chemical||Lamborghini||Gallardo||Championship||4||Peter Hackett|
|Taplin Real Estate||Lamborghini||Gallardo||Championship||5|| Andrew Taplin
|Golf Car Solutions||Porsche||996 GT3 RS||Challenge||6||Jordan Ormsby|
|VIP Petfoods Racing||Mosler||MT900R||Championship||7||Tony Quinn|
|Hallmarc Developments||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup S||Championship||9||Marc Cini|
|Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||19|| Michael Loccisano
|Dutton Insurance||Lotus||Exige S||Production||10||Mark O'Connor|
|MJR Airconditioning||Lamborghini||Gallardo||Championship||11||Mark Seamons|
|Jim Richards Racing||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Championship||15||Jim Richards|
|Weeks Building Group||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||16||Gary Dann|
|Inca Motorsports||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||17||Ray Angus|
|Twigg Motorsport||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup S||Championship||18||Max Twigg|
|Magnapool||Dodge||Viper GT3||Championship||20|| Ian Palmer
|Interauto Motorsport||Lamborghini||Gallardo||Championship||21||Ross Zampatti|
|Beta Tools||Mosler||MT900R||Championship||22||Ash Samadi|
|Freestones Transport||Chevrolet||Corvette Z06||Production||25||Paul Freestone|
|Excen Corporate Centre||Chevrolet||Corvette Z06||Production||26||Barrie Nesbitt|
|Maranello Motorsport||Ferrari||F430 GT3||Championship||27||Nick O'Halloran|
|Trofeo Motorsport||Maserati||Trofeo GT3||Challenge||29||Jim Manolios|
|Kirrapak Sheetmetal||Lotus Cars||Elise HPE||Challenge||31||Tim Mackie|
|Bayside Church||Ferrari||F430 GT3||Championship||37||Hector Lester|
|Pelorus Property Group||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||39||Paul Tresidder|
|Supabarn Supermarkets||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup S||Championship||47||Theo Koundouris|
|DFO||Porsche||996 GT3 Cup||Challenge||50||Calvin Pusterla|
|AMAC Motorsport||Mosler||MT900R||Championship||51||Andrew MacPherson|
|Donut King Racing||Nissan||GT-R||Production||54||Tony Alford|
|Castrol||Dodge||Viper GTS ACR||Championship||55||Greg Crick|
|McGrath Estate Agents||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||56||Shane Smollen|
|Adrenalin.com.au||Dodge||Viper GTS ACR||Championship||58||Richard Kimber|
|Porsche||996 GT3 Cup||Challenge|
|Austral Racing||Porsche||996 GT3 Cup||Challenge||63||Richard Green|
|Pick Up Truck Pictures||Porsche||996 GT3 Cup||Challenge||67||Eric Bana|
|ULX 110 Proven Custom Blend Oil||Porsche||996 GT3 RSR||Challenge||74|| Keith Wong
|Dodge||Viper GT3||Championship||75||Rob Sherrard|
|One of a Kind||Lotus Cars||Exige S||Challenge||77||Timothy Poulton|
|Maranello Motorsport||Ferrari||360 Challenge||Challenge||77||Peter Edwards|
|Vic Air Supplies||Porsche||996 GT3 RSR||Challenge||88||Simon Middleton|
|Clipper Motoryachts||Ascari Cars||KZ1-R||Championship||89|| Darren Berry
|World Link International||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||89||Ivan Klasen|
|Livi Bathroom Tissue||Porsche||997 GT3 Cup||Challenge||99|| Damien Flack
The championship was contested over a six round series.
|Rd.||Circuit||City / State||Date||Winner|
|Rd 1||Adelaide Street Circuit||Adelaide, South Australia||11–14 March||David Wall||Jordan Ormsby||Mark O'Connor|
|Rd 2||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit||Melbourne, Victoria||25–28 March||Max Twigg||Damien Flack||Mark O'Connor|
|Rd 3||Eastern Creek Raceway||Sydney, New South Wales||20–30 May||David Wall||Damien Flack
|Rd 4||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria||10–11 July||James Koundouris||Shane Smollen||Tony Alford|
|Rd 5||Mount Panorama Circuit||Bathurst, New South Wales||7–10 October||Tony Quinn||Shane Smollen||Paul Freestone|
|Rd 6||Sandown Raceway||Melbourne, Victoria||19–21 November||Tony Quinn||Shane Smollen||Paul Freestone|
Points were awarded in each division at each race according to the following table.
|Two race format||57||52.5||49.5||48||46.5||45||43.5||42||40.5||39||37.5||36||34.5||33||31.5||30||28.5||27||25.5||24||22.5||21||19.5||18||16.5||15||13.5||12||10.5||9||7.5||6||4.5||3||1.5|
|Three race format||38||35||33||32||31||30||29||28||27||26||25||24||23||22||21||20||19||18||17||16||15||14||13||12||11||10||9||8||7||6||5||4||3||2||1|
Within each division, each driver could count only his/her best five round results.
- Note: Within each division, each driver could count only his/her best five round results.
- Note: No points were awarded for Race 2 at the Albert Park round due to the race being declared with under 50% of the scheduled distance completed.
- Note: Hector Lester competes on an International licence and is not eligible for championship points.
- 2010 Australian GT Championship Sporting & Technical Regulations – Version 4 Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 30 November 2010
- CAMS HEARING RESULT – ROUND 2 AGP Retrieved on 2 September 2010
- "Adelaide Parklands Circuit 14/03/2010 2010 Clispal 500 Adelaide". National Software. 14 March 2010. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- "Albert Park Grandd Prix Circuit 28/03/2010 2010 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix". National Software. 28 March 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- "Eastern Creek International Raceway 30/05/2010 Sports Car Carnival 2010". National Software. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit 11/07/2010 2010 Australian GT Championship – Round 4". National Software. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
- "Mount Panorama – Bathurst 10/10/2010 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – 2010 V8 Supercars – Race 18". National Software. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- GT Championship points Retrieved on 30 November 2010
- GT Challenge points Retrieved on 30 November 2010
- GT Production points Retrieved on 30 November 2010
- Round Results – Round 2 – F1 AGP, Melbourne, 25–28 March Retrieved from www.australiangt.com.au on 7 June 2010
- Australian GT – Official website
- 2010 Race Results Archive
- 2010 Australian GT Championship Sporting & Technical Regulations as archived at www.webcitation.org