German Christopher Mies and his teammate Geoff Emery will start from pole position in the opening Penrite Oil Australian GT Championship race at the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Mies was the fastest of the duo as he scorched around the Melbourne F1® circuit this morning in a best lap of 1:54.8823 in his Audi R8 LMS, before Emery took over the reins in the afternoon's second qualifying session.
The Australian GT title has a unique pro-am driving system, where professional drivers from around the world race alongside some of Australia's best talent.
Mies won the 2016 Australian GT title, narrowly pipping television personality Grant Denyer in the process. That rivalry is all set to explode again with Denyer and teammate Jonathan Webb second on the grid in their McLaren 650S GT3), while positions 3-6 will be filled by Scott Taylor — going it alone in the Mercedes Benz AMG GT — Dean Canto/Andrew Taplin (Lamborghini Gallardo), Marcus Marshall/James Koundouris (R8 LMS) and George Miedecke/Andrew Miedecke (Aston Martin Vantage).
The Australian GT Championship is making its first appearance at Albert Park since 2010, and since then major improvements have been made to GT3 cars around the world — both in sheer speed and safety.
In 2016, a host of new machinery is being introduced into the championship, including the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and BMW M6. Audi also takes its place with an updated R8, and other cars on the grid will come from Aston Martin, McLaren and Lamborghini. In other words, the world's premier car brands!
Thirty-one cars will line in today's opening race of four, which will be held at 6:15pm.