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Aug 3, 2019

Grinning Gonzalez quickest in Queensland

Daniel Gonzalez will start Saturday afternoon’s first race from pole, after a blistering lap in qualifying at Queensland Raceway.

One of the seven categories part of Shannons Nationals this weekend, Gonzalez led the way for the Prototypes – posting a 1:07.23 to grab pole from Series leader, David Barram by 0.25s. 

Gonzalez, new to the Prototypes and racing in 2019, was over the moon with his performance. 

“This is the first time we’ve been at Queensland Raceway, so to be able to pole is so exciting it’s definitely a little booster for us that we’re on the right direction. This is the third race we’ve ever done… I just couldn’t be happier,” Gonzalez said.

“We sat in a car for the very first time in a rainy, cold day at Phillip Island (in November) and freaked out so much I almost jumped out of the car. Aaron [Steer] managed to calm my nerves that day, got me back in the car, and the rest is history.”

Starting alongside Gonzalez, Barram is proving to be this event’s Mr Consistent – with P2 in both practice sessions and qualifying.

“That’s my PB (personal best lap time at Queensland Raceway), I’ve never gone that fast before so I’m pretty happy with that,” Barram said.

“If I can stick with P2 all weekend I'll be happy with that.”

Reigning Series winner Jason Makris will start from third, with Mark Laucke in fourth. After missing out on yesterday’s second practice session with a technical issue, John-Paul Drake recovered and rounded out the top five in qualifying. 

Saturday’s race will be a standing start and begins at 3.35pm this afternoon, while Sunday’s two races will get underway with rolling starts.

All three races will be live streamed on thenationals.com.au and the Australian Prototype Series Facebook page.

Qualifying Results
1. Gonzalez - 1:07.2267
2. Barram +0.2477
3. Makris +0.3910
4. Laucke +0.5205
5. Drake +1.8672
6. Trengove +2.3143
7. Rodgie +3.6930
8. Bonaventura +3.8740
9. Andrawos +4.4128
10. Stallbaum +5.7739
11. Beesley +9.9630