Australian GT Trophy set for intense title fight at Phillip Island

This weekend sees the penultimate round of the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series take place at Phillip Island, with the championship battle set to go down to the wire.

Steve McLaughlin, who set the bar high with a clean sweep in Round 2 at Winton sits in a commanding position as the weekend approaches, with over 101 points separating himself and second place in the championship, Rod Salmon.

Salmon reduced the margin in the most recent round at Queensland Raceway, with an outstanding performance, and if replicated this weekend at Phillip Island it will set up a thrilling title fight at the final round at Wakefield Park in November.

Richard Gartner also sits in a strong position with third in the championship standings after a perfect weekend at Queensland Raceway.

The Safe-T-Stop Lamborghini driver claimed pole position and both race wins on Sunday picking up a handful of points and elevating him up the standings ladder.

Gartner is hoping the fast flowing nature of the Phillip Island circuit will play into his hands across the weekend to aid his championship stance.

The CCC Polished Concrete Audi R8 LMS Ultra of Rick Mensa sits fourth in the championship, courtesy of his consistent finishing rate in the last three rounds.

Jan Jinadasa will join Gartner in taking the fight to the Audi’s at the head of the field, the eye catching Lamborghini currently lyes fifth in the championship leader board.

Rob Smith holds sixth in the standings, while the lone Ferrari 458 GT3 of Wayne Mack comes next after starring at Queensland Raceway with a ‘through the field’ performance in race one.

Matthew Stoupas and Gary Higgon will boast a pair of KFC sponsored Audi’s, while Justin¬†McMillan will drive the¬†M Motorsport Interlloy KTM X-Bow after its debut outing earlier in the year.

With just Wakefield Park remaining after Phillip Island, each session from Qualifying will prove valuable, with the first lot of points being dished out in Qualifying and more in Sunday’s races.

The two 50-minute races on Sunday will be live streamed via the Shannons National’s website.

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