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Gold Coast resident Bayley Hall continues his motorsport journey with a trip to the Gold Coast 600. While many expected that the 16-year-old Hall would be back behind the wheel of his Ford Ranger Super Ute after his introduction to the category just two weeks ago. However Hall will instead drive a V8 powered Marc Car in the Australian GT Championship around the concrete lined wall of the Gold Coast circuit.

Bayley will not be racing the SuperUte at the GC600 as the engine issues that plagued the car over the course of the weekend are still being worked on as we speak his BHR team explained. He was disappointed at the prospect of missing out on his first race at what would be his home track, but then we received a last minute invitation to drive in the Australian GT series instead in his Marc1 car which is really excited about.

Hall has raced the Marc 1 car at the last two rounds of the AMRS GT1 series, where he finished 3rd on debut in his class at Sydney Motorsport Park and followed it up with a second placed finish at Wakefield Park last weekend. The thought of racing a high powered V8 on the streets of the Gold Coast is beyond the realms of possibility for most teenagers, though Hall is far from fazed at the prospect.

It felt amazing to get back into the Marc-1 car last weekend at Wakefield Park, Hall admitted. Having that level of horsepower and downforce and knowing you can go fast through those corners without issue was a lot more comfortable to drive.  Not to mention Wakefield park is a fast flowing track so getting the most out of the car was my challenge and I certainly had a lot of fun doing it.

Not content to simply make up the numbers in the GT-1 category while he gains experience, Bayley Hall has attacked each race with the confidence and experience gained from his racing in the Queensland Touring Car Championship (QTCC) for the past year.

For only my second time in the category and another debut track for me at Wakefield Park, my goal was to improve my 3rd place on debut at Sydney Motorsport Park, which I did, Hall exclaimed. It was awesome to finish 2nd outright in race 1 and finish 2nd overall for the round.

Bayley Hall had set one more goal for the Wakefield Park weekend, which narrowly eluded him.

I had also given myself the goal of trying to achieve P1, Hall explained, which I just missed out on by 0.08 seconds so that goal will carry on to my next round.

While the goal still remains, it may have to wait as Bayley Hall takes to the track this weekend against the latest specification GT3 machinery, including the Audi R8 LMS, AMG Mercedes GT3, McLaren 720S GT3 and Marc2 cars. His older specification Marc1 entry may struggle for outright pace around the beachside circuit, though Hall is sure to give it his best.

Keep an eye on Velocity Magazine for updates from Hall along with our regular images from another big weekend of racing.

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