BMW Team SRM drivers Steve Richards and Max Twigg capped off a promising opening weekend of the 2016 CAMS Australian GT Championship with a weekend-best 15th place from the final race in Adelaide.
The result could have been even better for the brand new BMW M6 GT3, with Richards having charged from 20th on the grid to 12th in the first 10 laps of the race to put the squad well and truly in contention for a Top 10 result.
However light contact to the right rear from a competitor sent Richards into a spin towards the end of his stint, the BMW M6 GT3 able to continue, but hopes of a Top 10 result dashed.
Despite the set-back Twigg put in an impressive second stint to haul the car back to 15th, an impressive result to cap off a big weekend of learning and development with the new car.
“The car is getting better and better,” said Richards. “We went back to a similar set-up to Race 1, added a few little tweaks that we’ve found, and it worked well. I just didn’t get the opportunity to show how quick the car was thanks to that little tap from behind.
“But there is no question that we’ve learnt a lot about the car this weekend, and how it works in our environment. Once we really get our heads around it, the car is going to be a really good thing.
“It’s going to keep getting better, and better, and better. It’s been a positive learning experience, with what is a very new car. I’m looking forward to going racing again at the Grand Prix in a fortnight.”
Twigg echoed Richards’s thoughts, adding that he personally is feeling more comfortable in the BMW M6 GT3 with every session.
“We were hoping for a Top 10 then, and it probably could have happened if it wasn’t for that incident,” he said.
“But we’ve made so much progress this weekend, and I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car. There’s still more to come, but I’m happy with where we’ve got to across the weekend. I’ve found eight-tenths since yesterday, for example, which you’ve got to be happy with.”
The BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 will be back in action for Round 2 of the CAMS Australian GT Championship at Albert Park between March 17-20.