Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver Craig Baird has taken victory in a treacherously wet Race 3 of the CAMS Australian GT Championship at the Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Leading from start to finish, Baird (#222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes) crossed the line first in a shortened race under safety car after Ash Samadi crashed on Lakeside Drive in his Audi R8 LMS.
Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Marcel Fassler (Jamec Pem Audi R8) and John Martin (Walkinshaw Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R) rounded out the podium ahead of Maranello Motorsport’s Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by ex-Formula One star Giancarlo Fisichella in fourth.
“We made some changes for the wet race and really I wanted to win by more,” said Baird.
“To keep the calibre of Fisichella and Fassler behind me has been the focus this weekend, and so far it has worked out.”
The soaked conditions forced officials to start the race under safety car, with Fassler moving by Fischella for second on the main straight on the second racing lap.
Jan Jinadasa was the first to fall foul of the conditions, with his Lamborghini spearing off the track at Turn 8.
One lap later, Martin also moved his Porsche by Fischella for third, before a mid-race safety car was deployed for the stricken Audi of Samadi.
Racing did not resume as Baird led the field to the chequered flag on Lap 8 after the hit out was cut short.
Steven Richards brought the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 home fifth, ahead of Dominic Storey in the Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes and Fraser Ross’s YNA Autosport McLaren 650S.
Dean Canto was on an early charge, taking the Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan from 12th to eighth.
Jaie Robson, Race 2 winner, in the Aussie Driver Search Mercedes was ninth, while Nick Kelly was the top finishing Trophy Class car in 10th outright.
Justin McMillan claimed the GT4 class victory aboard his the KTM X-Bow.
Australian GT will be back out on circuit on Sunday for Race 4 at 1200 AEDT.