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Aug 3, 2019

Barram salutes after stall

Australian Prototype Series leader David Barram has continued to stamp his impression on this year’s Series, claiming race one of this weekend’s racing at Queensland Raceway.

It was an impressive drive from Barram, who stalled on the grid and dropped through the field at the standing start.

Despite the start line dramas, Barram was able to power through the field, eventually overcoming pole-sitter Daniel Gonzalez to build his lead in the overall standings.

“I stalled the car on the start, took me a little while to get into gear when the five-second board came on so I was a bit rushed,” Barram explained.

“After that, I just put my head down and went for it. I’ve done a lot of passing in the past, I used to be a notoriously bad starter, but having raced for 35 years I’ve gradually improved - but not today. We worked through the field and came away with the win.”

It was a first-time podium for Gonzalez, who powered off the line superbly to hold his lead into the opening corner.

Gonzalez was challenged by Jason Makris from the get-go, but Makris spun on the final turn on lap two leaving Gonzalez to continue to lead the race.

But that lead didn’t last long, with Barram making the move on Gonzalez on lap four to take the lead of the race and from there Barram wasn’t challenged.

Meanwhile, Makris recovered from his off-road adventure to finish third and round out the race one podium.

For Gonzalez, it’s been a dream weekend, with his first ever pole position and podium on the one day.

“I was so nervous before getting out there, everything was new - the tyres, starting from the front of the grid, not understanding what the clutch was going to do and managing to get off the line,” Gonzalez explained.

“I’m stoked with a second place. I think coming second has never felt so good, I’m stoked. To be also driving behind Barram for a lot of those laps, to even see his lines and how he was approaching was really cool.

“We’ll make a couple of tweaks on setup now, the car was misbehaving really bad through a lot of the turns. But I’m so happy to have finished the race and our first podium.”

The Australian Prototypes Series returns to action on Sunday morning, with race two at 9.10am, while the final race of the weekend will get underway at 3.35pm.

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

Race One Results:
1. Barram
2. Gonzalez +1.5431
3. Makris +16.0203
4. Drake +18.8497
5. Laucke +21.4578
6. Bonaventura +34.5692
7. Trengove +35.0180
8. Andrawos +1:03.8146
9. Rodgie +1:04.1237
10. Beesley +1 Lap
11. Stallbaum +1 lap