DNF, DNS, DNS, DNF
That’s certainly not the results Dean, and teammate Andrew Taplin, were looking for to start their Australian GT Championship campaign.
After having gearbox issues at the opening round at Clipsal, both Dean & Andrew were looking forward to getting back into the #14 Aston Martin at the Phillip Island round.
They had the pace early in the weekend finishing in P1 during Practice 3. Qualifying was split into two sessions with both Dean & Andrew qualifying in the Top 10. Their combined Qualifying had them starting from P3.
Dean started the race & quickly moved into 2nd behind Jono Lester in the #27 Ferrari. The pair quickly extended their lead to the rest of pack. Dean was getting ready to do his pit stop & hand the car to Andrew when they had alternator issues & the car lost power. Dean was able to roll it back to the pits where the team set to work getting the car fixed.
The guys at Buik Motorworks worked hard & Andrew was able to rejoin the race but unfortunately they weren’t able to complete the required 75% of racing laps & were therefore deemed as a DNF.
With points allocated for Qualifying, Dean & Andrew left again with only 10 points for the round, giving them a combined 20 points & dropping them to 29th in the Championship.
Dean: “It was a really frustrating weekend of racing again. Once again we showed we had the pace & we were really looking forward to finally getting a good race result. Unfortunately more mechanical dramas cost us. I really feel for Andrew as this means he still hasn’t had a chance to really race. Unfortunately Andrew has other commitments on the weekend of the Townsville round so he wont be racing. Due to the nature of this category, it means I’m also not able to race. This pretty much means any chance of redeeming our Championship is over but I’m still looking forward to the rest of the season, getting some results & getting on that podium!”
The third round of the Australian GT Championship will take place at Townsville on July 10th – 12th, however, Dean won’t be competing until the fourth round which will take place at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 21st – 23rd.