Porsche driver Liam Talbot has produced a brilliant drive to win the final Shannons Australian GT race at the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Talbot did all the damage on lap four when he passed Geoff Emery (Audi R8) and early leader Roger Lago (Lamborghini R-EX) to move into the lead.
Soon after, there was a safety car intervention after Ryan Millier (Lamborghini Hurracan) speared off at turn one. By the time racing was back to full speed Talbot only had to survive one lap at the front to take the win.
Max Twigg (Mercedes AMG GT-3) finished the eight-lap race in second position from Emery, Lago, Yasser Shahin (R-EX) and James Koundouris (R8).
"This track is awesome and I was getting goose bumps going down the front straight," said Talbot. "We had a bit of work to do in that race to get to the front, but you just have to take your opportunities."
There were two safety car interventions in race four, with the first coming on lap one after Peter Major (R-EX) spun at turn three and then speared into Hector Lester (Ferrari 458). After Hector's car was cleared – Major limped back to the pits by himself – Talbot made his big move to carve his way into the lead – one he would not relinquish.
German Karl van der Linde and Emery were first overall across the four races, followed by David Russell/Lago and Talbot.
The next round of the 2017 Australian GT Championship will be held at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth from May 5-7.