Team Direct Plasterboard Outlet Tekno Autosport’s Nathan Morcom has had to take his fight for the Australian GT Sprint Championship lead offshore, after disappointment at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.
Morcom struggled with rear grip throughout the opening Practice Session, finishing P10 on the Townsville Street Circuit.
Saturday’s First Qualifying saw Morcom finish P6, after the safety car held up the field at the end of the timed session.
“IT WAS A SEMI SOLID QUALIFYING SESSION, KINDA BUMMED TO BE HELD UP A LITTLE ON THE LAST LAP WHICH COST ME BUT WE FINISHED P6 AND OUR MAIN FOCUS IS THE RACING RESULT.”
Morcom went backwards in the second Qualifying session, finishing P12 and calling the session early in order to save the rear tyres for the Race.
“WE DIDN’T QUITE MAKE THE RIGHT SETUP CHANGE FOR THE QUALIFYING SESSION AND ENDED IT EARLY SO WE FINISHED P12.”
Sprint Race 1 – Position 4
Morcom had to fight against the flu and a backend start in the first of two 60 Minute Races for Round 5 of the GT Sprint Series.
“AFTER STARTING FROM P12 AND THE HOLD UP AT THE START I’M HAPPY WITH A P4 FINISH. THE SLOW START COST US A PODIUM FINISH BUT I’LL TAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS.”
Despite his race to the front, Morcom only just fell short of a podium finish.
Sprint Race 2 – Position 11
A brake issue saw Morcom struggle in Race 2, but the McLaren 650S Driver managed to salvage a P11 finish.
“WE MADE AN AVERAGE STRATEGY CALL IN PITTING WHICH COST US TOP 8 FINISH. I’M SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP NOW AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BATTLE WITH KLARK QUINN.”
Morcom is now 13 points short of Klark Quinn, who leads the Championship Standings, and will have to fight his way back to the top at the final round of the year at Highlands.
The McLaren Driver’s next GT Event will be the second round of the GT Endurance Championship on 26-28 August, as he co-drives with Grant Denyer.
Morcom and Denyer currently lead the Championship, and they will pilot the White McLaren at the Eastern Creek event.
Morcom and Team Direct Plasterboard Outlet Tekno Autosports now have an extended break in the Australian GT Sprint Championship until Round 6 is held at New Zealand’s Highlands Motorsport Park on November 11-12.