Thrilled Twigg lauds brilliant Mercedes

Tuesday 19 March, 2019
Photos: Australian GT

CAMS Australian GT Championship round one winner Max Twigg has revealed a perfectly prepared Mercedes AMG was one of the key reasons behind his brilliant victory at Albert Park. 

With the championship’s season opener holding four races as a support category at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, Twigg finished each race in the top three and started the first race in pole after a lightning fast qualifying session. 

Despite Twigg being unable to convert his pole into a win after McLaren pilot Fraser Ross jumped him in the race’s late stages, a post-race review on the McLaren eventually awarded Twigg the race victory. 

For the remainder of the three races, the same consistency that helped him claim last year’s CAMS Australian Endurance Championship had Twigg in the top three in every race, eventually taking out the round’s top honours.

“It was a really strong car from the start, we just put it all together each race and got good results,” Twigg said. 

“We were unlucky not to win two races. Obviously we led for most of the first race and fell behind the McLaren which wasn’t homologated. Later we got knocked around in another race that cost us the win.

“I would like to think that we came out of the weekend with two race wins. 

"The car was mega too. The more air that goes over those cars, the better they are and it’s really fast track making the Benz really strong for Albert Park.”

Following the confirmation of the provisional results, Twigg ended the weekend with one win and three runner-up finishes, while Peter Hackett finished second with one race win and American based Kenny Habul rounded out the podium despite picking up two wins.

All three drivers were behind the wheel of the Mercedes AMG GT3, marking a dominant weekend for the German manufacturer, the next three positions were made up Audi drivers including reigning champion Geoff Emery.

As for Twigg himself, who is locked in for all three Endurance rounds at the Shannons Nationals later this year, he thoroughly enjoyed his best result at a  Albert Par Sprint round in recent times.

“I am thrilled,” Twigg added,

“Sprint rounds are cool because when you win one, it’s all about outright speed and the race is all about you. 

“You have to be smart about what you do. You have to finish races to win, which I suppose is the same in any category. 

“However in the Enduros, a safety car can really stuff you around because all the disparities disappear and you lose all the good progress you made. 

“My car comes home all the time and that is the key to winning, but I have to say when it comes to Endurance racing, I just love the pit stops with all the tyre and fuel changes.”

Twigg will begin his CAMS Australian Endurance title defence on 7 June when the Championship heads to the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the Shannons Nationals. 

The next CAMS Australian GT Championship Sprint round takes place at Barbagallo Race in Perth on 2-4 May as part of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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