2011 Australian GT Championship season
|2011 Australian GT Championship season|
The 2011 Australian GT Championship was a CAMS sanctioned national motor racing championship open to closed production based sports cars which are either approved by the FIA for GT3 competition or approved by CAMS as Australian GTs. The championship, which was the 15th Australian GT Championship, incorporated drivers titles in two divisions, GT Championship and GT Challenge. The former GT Production division was merged into the GT Challenge division for 2011.
Mark Eddy won his second GT Championship. Driving his Melbourne Performance Centre prepared Audi R8 LMS the 2008 champion finished 36 points ahead of Klark Quinn (Mosler MT900 GT3 and Aston Martin DBRS9) and 99 points ahead of 2006 champion Greg Crick (Chrysler Viper GT3). Eddy only won one round, but it was the bonus point Phillip Island event at Round 5. Eddy also won races at Winton and Bathurst. Quinn won two races at the street circuits of Adelaide and Townsville, but fell behind Eddy after failing to finish in the second race at Phillip Island. Crick fell behind Eddy after failing to score any points at Bathurst. Peter Hackett, Dean Grant and Kevin Weeks all claimed race wins during he course of the season.
The GT Challenge division was won by Porsche driver Peter Boylan, defeating Lotus driver Tim Poulton by 63 points. They were the only two GT Challenge drivers to complete more than half of the season.
The following drivers contested the 2011 Australian GT Championship.
The championship was contested over a seven round series.
|Rd.||Circuit||City / State||Date||Winner|
|1||Adelaide Street Circuit||Adelaide, South Australia||17–20 March||Klark Quinn||Damien Flack|
|2||Winton Motor Raceway||Benalla, Victoria||20–22 May||Dean Grant||Lindsay Yelland|
|3||Eastern Creek Raceway||Sydney, New South Wales||28–30 May||David Wall||Peter Boylan|
|4||Townsville Street Circuit||Townsville, Queensland||8–10 July||Klark Quinn||Peter Boylan|
|5||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria||2–4 September||Mark Eddy||John Modystach
|6||Mount Panorama Circuit||Bathurst, New South Wales||6–9 October||Klark Quinn||Mark O'Connor|
|7||Sandown Raceway||Melbourne, Victoria||18–20 November||Greg Crick||Dean Koutsoumidis|
Points were awarded in each division at each race according to the following table. Points were allocated according to the drivers position in their division rather than outright race position, except for Phillip Island Round 5 where points were also allocated according to qualifying order.
2011 Australian Tourist Trophy
The 2011 Australian Tourist Trophy was awarded by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to the driver accumulating the highest aggregate points total from the Eastern Creek and Phillip island "endurance" rounds of the championship. The title, which was the 22nd Australian Tourist Trophy, was won by Mark Eddy  driving a Audi R8 LMS.
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