Twigg/D’Alberto ‘wrapped’ with third place in Hampton Downs 500 after ‘big effort’

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Max Twigg and Tony D’Alberto say they are happy with third place in the Hampton Downs 500 after what was a big effort to get on the podium.

The Waste Management/Scott Taylor Motorsport run Mercedes-AMG GT3 duo took home the final spot on the podium in the penultimate round of the Australian Endurance Championship, after a hard fought race at the New Zealand venue.

Starting from fourth, Twigg maintained strong pace in the early stages before making a pit stop under Safety Car on Lap 34.

This demoted the #8 entry down the field slightly, before they worked their way back up to third in the hands of D’Alberto after the final pit stop sequence.

Twigg says he’s wrapped with third place and even happier to have actually finished the race itself, given they were disqualified – forced to exit the race entirely – from the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“It was a big effort out there today,” said Twigg after completing the Hampton Downs 500.

“The Safety Car at the start of the race really set us back.

“We came good after that, Tony [D’Alberto] brought it home and we didn’t really conserve fuel too much, but we’re third – I’m wrapped!

“You want to make sure you get yourself in a rhythm at the start, we got there in the end.

“My pace was strong, I was really happy with it towards the end of my stint and we got to just make sure we finished the race, that’s what it’s all about really.”

Co-driver D’Alberto mirrored Twigg’s thoughts and hailed a great strategy by the team, which got them back in the game towards the end of the 500km race.

I have to thank Scott Taylor Motorsport, they played a great strategy today,” said D’Alberto.

“We were a little bit behind at the start and Max [Twigg] was doing a solid job and they got us back in it at the end.

“The car was awesome, obviously with a Mercedes finishing first and third – it was an awesome day!”

The next round of the Australian Endurance Championship takes place at Highlands Motorsport Park from November 10-12, where the series will concludes.