Race Two threw up some more challenges at Barbagallo Raceway for Dean & Andrew Taplin
The weather had finally lifted so Sunday’s race looked set to be a good one. Dean would be starting Race two and handing the car over to Andrew half way through.
Dean started from P9 and after one lap had already made his way through the field to 4th.
After only 1 complete lap, an incident brought the safety car out. After several laps under safety car, the race was brought to a stop with the cars lined up on the main straight. After some time, the decision was made to complete driver changes during the break & the race restarted with around 20 minutes to go.
Andrew finished the race on track in P10 but after the compulsory pit stop times were added on, they were relegated to 16th.
Dean: “The decision made to stop the race was the right one for the safety of the driver involved in the incident as well as the marshalls on track but Australian GT need to reassess the compulsory pit stop times in this kind of scenario.”
“I’m supposed to be there to help Andrew. I only ended up completing one racing lap which in no way helps him & then he still gets penalised for having me there with a longer pit stop time. It’s a joke. It makes it impossible for teams like us to be competitive. No one travels to the other side of the country to come last.”
Dean & Andrew finished 13th for the weekend. They now sit in 15th in the Championship.
The next round of the Australian GT Championship is at Phillip Island on May 27-28th.