Ross wins controversial BP Ultimate Australian GT opener

Fraser Ross claimed a controversial victory in Race 1 of the BP Ultimate Australian GT event on Thursday.

Ross hustled his way to the front of the pack from third on the grid in what was an action-packed race on Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Circuit.

In the #59 McLaren, Ross edged Max Twigg in the #8 Mercedes for victory, with Peter Hackett, in the #63 Mercedes, rounding out the podium.

Twigg won pole position after an impressive opening qualifying session and was joined by fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Kenny Habul in the #75 entry on the front row of the grid.

Twigg, Habul and Ross started brightly, speeding away from the main pack as Ross endured some hairy moments trying to break into the top two.

The first occurred when the 29-year-old grazed the way at Turn 16 before he went wide again at the fast right-hander of Turn 6.

And more drama was to follow as Ross, attacking Habul for second, made contact with the latter and punctured his tyre.

The following lap then saw Ross steal the lead of Twigg and he eventually won the race by 2.254 seconds.

Ross starts Friday’s Race 2 from pole position, after topping the timesheets in the second qualifying session. 

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