Commanding performace from Lago in Race 2 at Albert Park

Roger Lago has raced his way to victory in Race 2 at Albert Park as part of Round 2 of the CAMS Australian GT Championship.

Having qualified second, Lago made a strong start to head the field into the first turn in the JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX, providing him the clear track he used to extend the lead in the early stages.

“I knew that if I stayed with Max that I was probably going to jump him at the start,” said Lago.

“Luckily we got through turn one without any incidents, which is always nice, and then just pressed on because I wanted to get a gap early.”

Lago’s final winning margin was more than four seconds over Fraser Ross, the duo trading fastest times throughout the race.

After starting on pole, his first since Eastern Creek in 2010, Max Twigg tucked into second in the Australian Engineered Flooring Mercedes-AMG GT3.

A blinding start from Fraser Ross saw the Tekno Autosports entry move from sixth to third, shadowing the leaders.

Twigg and Ross then circulated in close proximity for much of the 25-minute race, with Peter Major (PM Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX) making it a three-way battle for the podium.

For lap after lap the battle continued, Twigg positioning the Mercedes perfectly to keep Ross at bay.

Eventually however the McLaren driver found a way through, and set off in pursuit of Lago who had built a commanding lead at the head of the race.

On the final lap, Major also found a way beyond Twigg, taking the inside line into the fast turn 11/12 chicane, though a five-second penalty for a starting infringement saw the Lamborghini classified fifth.

After a strong weekend at the opening round this year, which netted the Lamborghini driver three second places across the weekend, Lago was please to record his first victory of the year.

“I was pretty happy with a four second win,” Lago said. “Sometimes it goes your way!

“We’ve been improving the car all weekend from Quali 1, and a big thanks to Dave Russell, who’s driven this model probably more than anyone, so he’s got a good understanding of where we have to take it as a package.

“We’re improving every session,” he added. “In Adelaide, it would have been nice to win but to finish every race is important if you want to put it together at the end of the year.”

Russell will now step back into the JBS Australia entry for tomorrow’s third race, which will be broadcast live on Channel Ten across Australia at 12:05.

Race 2 Results
Pos    Competitor/Team    Driver    Vehicle    Time
1    JBS Australia    Roger Lago/David Russell    Lamborghini R-EX    25:40.862
2    Tekno Autosports    Fraser Ross/Lewis Williamson    McLaren 650S GT3    25:45.137
3    Australian Engineered Flooring    Max Twigg    Mercedes-AMG GT3    25:51.089
4    MEGA Racing    Liam Talbot    Porsche 911 GT3-R    25:51.973
5    PM Motorsport    Peter Major    Lamborghini R-EX    25:55.046
6    Supabarn Supermarkets    James Koundouris/Ash Walsh    Audi R8 LMS    26:02.314
7    Scott Taylor Motorsport    Scott Taylor    Mercedes-AMG GT3    26:05.330
8    Valvoline    Geoff Emery/Kelvin van der Linde    Audi R8 LMS    26:08.600
9    Pirelli/Trofeo Motorsport    Ryan Millier/Ivan Capelli    Lamborghini Huracan GT3    26:11.731
10    Industrie Clothing    Nick Kelly    Audi R8 Ultra    26:17.356
11    Objective Racing    Tony Walls    McLaren 650S GT3    26:20.426
12    Interlloy M Motorsport    Yasser Shahin/Glen Wood    Lamborghini R-EX    26:26.028
13    DJS Racing    Danny Stuttered    BMW M6 GT3    26:27.719
14    Hog’s Breath Café/Griffith Corporation    Mark Griffith/Jake Camilleri    Mercedes-AMG GT3    26:30.779
15    Rosso Verde Racing    Hector Lester/Benny Simonsen    Ferrari 458 GT3    26:32.213
16    Hallmarc Construction    Marc Cini/Dean Fiore    Audi R8 LMS    26:32.811
17    BMW Team SRM    Steve Richards/James Bergmuller    BMW M6 GT3    26:36.465
18    HHH Triffid Racing    Michael Hovey    Lamborghini R-EX    26:38.608
19    Maranello Motorsport    Peter Edwards    Ferrari 488 GT3    26:49.539
20    Mack Roofing Products    Wayne Mack    Ferrari 458 GT3    26:50.038
21    Darrell Lea    Tony Quinn    McLaren 650S GT3    27:04.073
22    AMAC Motorsport    Andrew Macpherson    Lamborghini Huracan GT3    27:07.728
23    Moveitnet/AFS    Tony Bates    Mercedes-AMG GT3    27:11.146
24    Fire Rating Solutions    Mathew Turnbull    Lamborghini Gallardo GT3    27:17.844
25    KFC    Gary Higgon/Daniel Gaunt    Audi R8 LMS    27:18.763
26    Timken Zagame Motorsport    Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville    Lamborghini Huracan GT3    27:18.905
27    Valvoline    Tim Miles    Audi R8 LMS    27:24.781
28    Shoal/Thomson Geer Lawyers    Michael O’Donnell    Porsche GT3 Cup Car    27:33.249