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We take a look at what happened in the Australian GT at Queensland

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RacerViews was at the Shannons Nationals over the weekend – a true festival of racing with Australian GT, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Formula 3, V8 Touring Cars, Manufacturers Championship, Sports Sedan and more.  We were there to cover the action and here we present our Australian GT photo wrap.

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The racing was clean all weekend – with the exception of a couple minor scuffles, the drivers were all clean in their racing

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Tony Quinn found pace we have not seen from him in a long time.  He took out race 1 and looked on for race 3 until a glitch with the Aston Martin dropped him from first – with just one lap to go.

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The Corvette, returning to the Championship in the hands of Greg Murphy was fast – finishing on the podium

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It was a tough weekend for the Maranello team.  A crash on Friday and a pitlane error from Bowe on Saturday night meant they had a damaged car and a relatively pointless weekend

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The weather was ridiculously good over the weekend.  Not a cloud in sight

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Roger Lago had another typically unlucky weekend.  A pit error cost him victory in race 1 and then a broken gearbox ruled him out of the other two races

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Klark Quinn would come out on top of the night racing – that proved to be a fan favourite of the weekend

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The Swirk Audi had Rod Salmon and Tim Macrow on board – Macrow was doing double duty and took out all three Formula 3 races over the weekend too.

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The Mosler made a welcome return to the Championship. In the hands Graham Lusty, it did  better than expected

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Klark Quinn, Tony Quinn and Greg Murphy accept their trophies after a hard weekend of racing

The race in brief (more photos after the text!)

Points leader Klark Quinn effectively sealed back-to-back titles at Queensland Raceway today during the penultimate round of the Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli, but despite taking two race wins from three races across the weekend, the result may very well have swung in Tony Quinn’s favour had the Darrell Lea Aston Martin not suffered a rare mechanical glitch in the closing laps whilst holding an unassailable lead.

Reigning GT Challenge class champion Jan Jinadasa overcame the difficulties of Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park to claim his maiden victory in GT Trophy, whilst Brendan Cook and Matt Kingsley continued their march up the leader board with another win in Challenge class to move within striking distance of points leader Ben Foessel heading to the final round at Highlands Motorsport Park.

After dominating all weekend to add to their victories at Phillip Island and Sydney, Mark Griffith and Jack Perkins won all three races at Queensland, but despite the victory, they’ve dropped back to third and fourth in the points, with former points leader Michael Hovey regaining the class lead after using his ‘joker’ card to double his points haul for the weekend setting up a title showdown in New Zealand.

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See more coverage from our Shannons Nationals weekend at Queensland Raceway

Preview with Nathan Assaillit

A hotlap experience

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By Sam Tickell, August 2013

Race recap by Australian GT media release

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