The LA Racing Lubricants sponsored HSV GTO Coupe together with More Driven, a Sydney based IT Managed Services provider, unveiled the new look GTO before competing at Round 5 of the CAMS NSW State Racing Championships at Sydney Motorsport Park 26-27 July.
After a wet qualifying session Saturday, in which the GTO struggled for speed and grip due to tyre selection challenges, race 1 in the late afternoon showed the GTO was back on the pace after starting 23rd from a strong field of 32 cars and finishing 15th after only 11 laps.
Sunday late morning started in dry conditions and starting from 15th, the GTO showed its speed by making up positions one at a time almost passing one competitor per lap, including other class rivals, with a 9th overall finish and 3rd in class in only 9 laps.
Race 3 in the afternoon started well, running consistently in the top 10, unfortunately problems struck with one lap to go when a fan belt let go, resulting in the GTO running in limp mode and with no power steering. The GTO managed to finish slowly across the line at 18th position. A disappointing end to the weekend however considering the poor qualifying result a handful of championship points were collected and the GTO sits in 3rd overall in the class 2A championship leading up to the final rounds of the year.