The BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 finished today’s opening race of the 2016 CAMS Australian GT Championship in 20th position, marking a solid and trouble-free debut for the brand new car.
Drivers Steve Richards and Max Twigg fought hard throughout the 38-minute race, and crucially the car came through unscathed as they look to put miles on the BMW M6 GT3.
After Richards ran on the verge of the Top 10 throughout the first stint of the race, a very long pit-stop – purely a symptom of the car being so new to the championship’s parity system – made it tough for Twigg when he took over mid-way through.
A clean second stint saw Twigg bring the car home 20th, the full race distance a huge bonus for BMW Team SRM at its first race weekend.
“The car is much improved in yesterday, and I genuinely feel that we’ve breached the performance gap to the front-runners, which is very important at this stage of the program,” said Richards.
“We’re moving forward in terms of understanding the car, which is exactly what we need to be doing.
“It’s always going to be tough given what we have to deal with in the compulsory stop, but in terms of the car there is plenty of positives we can take away.”
Twigg added that the car’s pace, particularly given its well-established competition, was promising to say the least.
“It’s tough out there, but we expected that,” he said.
“This is a very competitive championship, and we’re up against cars that are two years into a development cycle and coming off a 12-Hour race at Bathurst.
“For us, it’s our first run. The pace will come, for now it’s about learning and banking some laps.”