Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products driver Liam Talbot has swept to the lead of the Australian GT Championship after a grinding weekend at Sandown International Raceway.
Talbot ended the three races with a fourth and two third placed finishes. His concentration throughout the weekend was on securing points towards the Championship and keeping the consistency together as it heads to the halfway point of season 2018.
In the cold and changeable Melbourne weather, Talbot had a number of battles in the Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products-backed, Walkinshaw GT3-prepared Porsche.
Qualifying for race one in third position, he had to make the best of the start to position the car ahead of the round of compulsory timed pitstops on Saturday.
Talbot led the wet opening stanza of race one on Saturday, after changing to slicks, he was turned around by one of his key title rivals, which dropped the Queensland-based racer further down the order than he would have liked.
Sunday’s affairs went better for the former Blancpain Endurance Series Champion, ending both races in third position.
The next event for Liam Talbot and the Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products Porsche 911 GT3-R will be over the weekend of June 1-3 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for a combined Australian GT and Australian GT Endurance Championship event.
Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products athletes will be back in action again next weekend at Winton Motor Raceway when James Courtney, Scott Pye and the Walkinshaw Andretti United team take part in the Winton Super Sprint Virgin Australia Supercars Championship event.
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Liam Talbot Racing is supported in 2018 by Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products along with MEGA Fuels, Hardy Brothers Jewellers, WashIt Australia Mobile Truck Wash and Urban Maintenance Systems.
QUOTEBOARD – LIAM TALBOT
“To walk away with the Championship lead this weekend is the best outcome we could have hoped for,” said Talbot.
“We had a lot more pace in the Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products Porsche, but I was content in bagging the points – it is a long term game here and we’re aiming for the big trophy at the end of the year.
“There were some entertaining battles throughout the weekend and the Championship is well and truly alive with a number of drivers in the running.
“Being turned around yesterday wasn’t a great outcome and thought the penalty was probably a bit minor considering, but we just have to continue running our own race and today getting a pair of third places was a good way to end the weekend.
“Once again, the performance and strategy by the Walkinshaw GT3 team was excellent and the Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products Epic Shine™ ensured the Porsche was slippery down the long straightaways at Sandown.
“Next round is at Phillip Island which has been a good place for us in the past and the track is very much in that European vein of racetracks, which really suits GT cars, so honestly, we’re up for the fight and can’t wait to head south yet again!”