Steve Richards gave the BMW M6 GT3 its proper Australian debut earlier this week, with two days of testing at Winton.
Richards and co-driver Max Twigg enjoyed two days of trouble-free running at the Victorian circuit, braving searing temperatures in what will be the car’s sole shakedown ahead of the season-opening Clipsal 500 next month.
“The car, in terms of refinement, is just fantastic,” said Richards, who will spearhead the factory-supported BMW Team SRM entry this season.
“We’ve really been able to come to terms with the layout of the cockpit, the way the dashboard works, reading the shift lights, things like that.
“The way it operates, and the way it handles, the car is spot on.
“It’s been a productive couple of days. We’ve balanced our learning with looking to find performance, and that process has been immensely helped by how user-friendly the car is. It hasn’t had a single shake or a rattle or vibration at all.
“It’s been exactly what we need ahead of Clipsal. We haven’t had a single hiccup, the car even dealt with the extreme temperatures without an issue.
“It’s all looking really good ahead of what will be a very busy season.”