A ‘lap of the gods’ from a superstar New Zealand driver has dominated the headlines in qualifying for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour today.
A breathtaking 2m01.286s lap by Shane van Gisbergen delivered TEKNO Autosports pole for Australia’s longest race – taking Bathurst lap times into the two minute and one second barrier for the first time.
It was shades of 2003 and Greg Murphy’s famous lap as the Mountain was again left breathless by a remarkable qualifying effort from a Kiwi hero.
The first 2016 Mercedes AMG GT3 to arrive in Australia was unveiled today (Saturday) at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 1000.
Undertaking the honours were Jochen Bitzer from Mercedes-AMG Customer Sport, and previous Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour winners Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jaeger - both instrumental in the development of the car.
Peter Hackett, Chief Driving Instructor for the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, was thrilled to unveil the GT3 this weekend, ahead of the car's on track debut for the start of the 2016 GT Championship at the Clipsal 500 in March.
The #59 Tekno Autosports McLaren will be on pole position for tomorrow’s 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour after setting a blistering 2m 01.286s lap around Mount Panorama during the Class A qualifying session this afternoon.
In this second qualifying session for the day for the Class A entrants, it wasn’t only the racer in the ‘ones’, with two other drivers joining him in that marker.
Joining him on the front row of the grid will be the #2 Phoenix Racing Audi R8, with Rene Rast setting a 2m 01.840s lap.