Inaugural Super GT 4 Hour Winner Recounts Dramatic Victory

Things were looking good for the Lamborghini entry of David Wall and Adrian Dietz late in last year’s inaugural Super GT 4 Hour at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Sydney-based Wall Racing squad had seemingly managed their race to perfection, expertly navigating their way through the variables of Pro and Am drivers, traffic, strategy and changing track conditions to find themselves in the box seat just minutes before the chequered flag was waved.

History shows, however, that fate would not smile on Wall and Dietz that day. Thanks to a quirk of the regulations that stated the race would run for four hours plus one lap and that professional drivers were not permitted to complete more than 50 per cent of the race, the Lamborghini pilots found themselves forced to make an agonising pit stop from the lead with just a single lap remaining, so that Wall would not exceed his maximum permissible driving time.

The surprised, but elated beneficiaries were Vince Muriti and Luke Youlden, who dramatically swept into the lead and emerged victorious aboard their Mercedes-AMG GT3. In a performance reminiscent of Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris’ 2014 Bathurst 1000 victory, Muriti and Youlden only led a single lap, but it was the one that counted.

Recalling last year’s race, Youlden said he was shocked to take the win.

“I remember every time I got in the car, I was driving it absolutely flat out; every lap was like a qualifying lap,” the 2017 Bathurst winner recounted.

“David and Adrian always seemed to be a step ahead of us though, and with half an hour to go, I had resigned myself to finishing second because we were just too far behind them.

“When the chequered flag came out and the boys told me on the radio we had won, I was in total disbelief because I didn’t think it was possible, but the team were very smart with the strategy all night and it paid off for us in the end.”

Youlden will again team up with Muriti for this year’s event, and feels the duo will need to bring their absolute A-game if they are to be a chance of scoring back-to-back wins.

“Vince has made strides in his driving and I’m feeling sharp off the back of the Supercars races I did last year, along with my recent test in the new Carrera Cup car, so I think we’ll have a stronger package,” Youlden said.

“In saying that, we’re definitely going to need it, because the field looks more competitive – there are some very high-quality entries in the field.”

Those entries include Sydneysider Andrew Macpherson and his talented co-driver Ben Porter in a Lamborghini Huracan, a trio of MARC cars, the distinctive KTM GT2 of David Crampton/Trent Harrison and the RAM Motorsport Mercedes of Michael Sheargold/Garth Walden.

Porsche is also well-represented on the entry list, with a number of GT3 Cup cars including the father-and-son duo of Indiran/Duvashen Padayachee, Ashley Seward Motorsport car of Andrew Goldie/Terry Knowles and Wall Racing entry of Matthew McLellan/Drew Hall.

The Super GT 4 Hour will consist of a trio of practice sessions on Friday, 18 February, followed by a pair of qualifying sessions and a Top 10 Shootout on Saturday, 19 February leading into the main event, which kicks off at 5:15pm and runs into the night.

Youlden believes the Top 10 Shootout will be a challenge.

“Last year, I qualified on pole but my Shootout time was more than a second slower than the best time I achieved in regular qualifying, due to the challenge of generating tyre temperature in these cars,” Youlden said.

The Super GT 4 Hour will be held as part of Round 1 of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS). Tickets are available HERE, while the event will be live streamed by the series broadcast partner, Fuzzy Media on the Saturday afternoon and evening.

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