Simonsen Is At It Again
Spa-Francorchamps and the Le Mans Series 1000 Kms didn’t go
according to plan for the Dane – eliminated in the lap 1 accident,
in the Autorlando Porsche – but he headed straight back to
Australia from Belgium, for last weekend’s third round of
the Australian GT Championship, at Phillip Island.
He may have
missed an event, thanks to his European commitments, but racing
Ted Huglin’s ex-ACEMCO Ferrari 360, Allan Simonsen was straight
down to it – and over the course of the meeting’s three
races, he was the overall winner.
to leave all the driving to the Dane, who promptly took pole position
In the first
race, he led all the way, taking the flag ahead of Greg Crick’s
Viper and James Koundouris in a 996 Porsche. Simonsen set the fastest
lap, his 1:35.814 just three-tenths slower than his pole time.
He led race
2, too, until an incident which occurred as the safety car pulled
off and the race restarted.
It was adjudged that the silver Ferrari was going too fast before
passing the start/finish line, forcing the Dane to take a stop/go
penalty. Too fast so have a penalty – simple as that?
In the third
and final race, the Dane was leading by lap 2 – but was then
passed by the Viper of D’Arcy Russell, two laps from home.
No disgrace there – except that the Viper was running on Dunlops,
yet the championship specifies Michelin tyres!
It seems probable
that the result of this race will be adjusted in due course.
also been testing a Triple Eight Ford Falcon since Spa, alongside
Richard Lyons (who finished second in GT1 in Belgium) and regulars
Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. Driver pairings have yet to be
finalised for the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 races. The former
clashes with the GT3 races at Dijon, so Simonsen might have to try
and win the GT3 title in four out of the five events (depending
on what his partner Hector Lester decides to do at Dijon).