An Audi R8 LMS and Mercedes AMG GT-S will start from pole position in the Shannons Australian GT program at the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Qualifying was held in the rapidly growing category today, which is based on the global GT3 formula and uses a mix of single and co-driver entries.
In this morning's opening 20-minute session for the higher seeded drivers, German Kelvin van der Linde was the pacesetter, with Ash Walsh and New Zealander Daniel Gaunt completing an Audi R8 LMS trifecta.
Van der Linde and Walsh both eclipsed the current lap record (1:55.1134) held by Craig Baird, and those two will lead away the field in races one and three this weekend, with Gaunt to be joined on the second row by Dave Russell (Lamborghini R-EX).
Steve Richards (BMW M6 GT3) and Dean Fiore (R8 LMS) completed the top six in qualifying, with 2017 championship leader Tony Bates (Mercedes AMG GT-S) – round one was held in Adelaide two weeks ago – back in 12th position.
In the second qualifier, which decided the grid for races two and four, Max Twigg (AMG GT-S) scored pole position ahead of Roger Lago (R-EX), Geoff Emery (R8 LMS), Tony Bates (Aston Martin Vantage GT3), Peter Major (R-EX) and Fraser Ross (McLaren 650S GT3).
The four races will be held over 25 minutes each, starting with the opener at 3:40pm this afternoon.