Max Twigg has taken a surprise victory in race three of the CAMS Australian GT Championship in his #8 Waste Management Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Glen Wood led from pole for the first two laps but Kelvin van der Linde ferociously attacked lunging up the inside at turn two forcing Wood slightly wide as Ash Walsh seized the opportunity in the Supabarn Audi R8 LMS.
Van der Linde now lead the way ahead of Walsh while Wood held onto third place, but things were about to get a little interesting.
A few laps later a brilliant battle between van der Linde and Walsh erupted. The two Audi Sport Customer Racing cars were squabbling nose to tail for two laps and at stages side by side when there was space. Van der Linde gave all he had trying to charge around the outside several times but Walsh held his position.
Centre meters separated the two Audi’s as they screamed through the back complex of the circuit, van der Linde tried every move he had and finally after three heart-stopping laps he managed to get up the inside at turn three.
Walsh defended, and he defended well, but nothing was going to deter the South African Audi driver.
Further down in the field, Liam Talbot, Roger Lago and Max Twigg engaged in a close nit battle for fourth position. The three of them diced for a number of laps until the compulsory pit stop window opened and Lago took the earliest opportunity to dive in.
A couple of minutes later Van der Linde and Walsh came in together to hand over to their co-drivers, Geoff Emery would jump into the #74 and Duvashen Padayachee in the #44 Supabarn car.
Once the cards had been picked up off the floor things started to look a little more civilised. Max Twigg with his shorter CPS times had leaped from sixth into the lead during the pit stop sequence and Talbot in the Porsche had tumbled down the order all the way to eighth position.
That wasn’t going to break the spirt of Queensland driver Talbot, he began his charge back through the field passing Roger Lago and Ash Samadi in quick succesion.
Talbot dived up the inside of Lago at turn eleven but Lago tried to use the ‘ponies’ in the back of the Lamborghini RE-X to get back past on the straight.
The JBS Australia car attempted a move around the outside under braking for turn two but Talbot placed his car in the middle of the road and defended holding his fifth position.
After Lago, Talbot had Samadi in the #3 Ah Apartments Audi in his cross hairs. Talbot got past and brought Lago with him as they both went up the inside at turn eleven.
At the same time, Padayachee was chasing down the race leading Mercedes of Max Twigg but Twigg kept the #44 Supabarn Audi driver honest lapping consistently fast.
Twigg did a great job to maintain the gap and crossed the line 2.5 seconds ahead of the Audi claiming his first win since Albert Park in 2010.
Padayachee came home in second handing a bunch of points to his co-driver Ash Walsh keeping him in the title fight.
Glen Wood held onto the third step of the podium while Geoff Emery and Kelvin van der Linde claimed fourth position in the Valvoline Jamec Pem Audi.
Liam Talbot rounded out the top five in his Walkinshaw Porsche after a great come back drive.
The final round of the CAMS Australian GT Championship takes place on the wide open spaces of Sandown Raceway from the 15th to the 17th of September as the title fight continues.