BMW Team SRM will start tomorrow’s Sydney Motorsport Park 101 from 11th position, after a promising opening day of running for Steven Richards and Max Twigg.
Richards and Twigg kick-started a packed day of track action by going sixth fastest in this morning’s first practice session. It was a confidence-boosting result ahead of two qualifying sessions that, combined, would determine the grid for tomorrow’s second round of the Australian Endurance Championship.
Twigg jumped behind the wheel of the #100 BMW M6 GT3 for the first 20-minute qualifying session, setting the 16th fastest time in a competitive group that was split between the pros and the amateurs.
Richards then took over for session two. A stunning run at the end of the session rocketed him from eighth to fifth position, before a final blast saw the M6 GT3 jump to third on its final flying lap.
With the times combined and then averaged, the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 will start tomorrow’s 101-lap race from 11th position.
“The car was good. We’ve definitely made some progress, which is great,” said Richards.
“When we went out it was quite dry, but there was a little bit of rain which made it a bit slippery mid-way through. We pitted at exactly the right time, put on the second set of tyres and made a small adjustment to the car, and the car was obviously better.
“We’re in a good position, and we can see that we’re making solid progress.”
“The car has improved,” added Twigg. “The whole package is working well. I was a tiny bit off the pace in my session, my time was a bit off what I was hoping to do. So there’s a little bit of time there too.
“But we’ll be right tomorrow, I’m positive about it. We have a good starting spot and it’s a long race. I’m looking forward to it.”
The Sydney Motorsport Park 101 starts at 8:05am local time tomorrow.