Marco Wittmann and the #60 Laser Plumbing and Electrical BMW team SRM M6 GT3 have topped the fourth and final practice session this afternoon (2m 03.219s), ahead of the #75 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS and the #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3.
Garth Tander set the first representative time of the 50 minute session in the #75 before Wittmann threw down his own fast time upon crossing the line on the same lap, before Tander reclaimed the top with a 2m 04.513s effort on the very next lap.
Ten minutes in to the 50 minute stanza, Tim Berryman in the #55 RA Motorsports AER Ginetta G55 found trouble with broken suspension through McPhillamy Park after tagging the wall at ‘the grate’ while leading Class C, bringing out a red flag for 11 minutes.
Green running resumed with 29 minutes remaining, with Wittmann acting quickly to break into ‘the threes’ for the first time in practice four with a 2m 03.219s flier to reclaim the top position on the sheets for the #60. From this point, despite plenty of battles across the sheets, Wittmann could not be headed.
“It was a good lap, but tomorrow is when it counts,” Wittman said after the session.
Joining Berryman and the #55 in enduring the rough side of the Mountain were the #94 MARC Cars Australia Mazda 3 V8 – which lost a wheel at pit entry soon after the red flag was lifted – and the #32 JBS Australia Lago Racing Lamborghini R-EX. The #32 found itself stranded on Audi Mountain Straight in the closing minutes of the session with a broken throttle pedal, where it stayed for the remainder of the proceedings.
Leading the classes were the #35 Infants Friend Team Lubrimaxx MSM Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #12 Ice Break Iced Coffee Virgin Australia Porsche 991 GT3 R (BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #60 (Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro), the #4 Grove Hire Porsche 911 (myPlates GT3), the #19 PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO 4 (Class C GT4) and the #91 Castrol MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8 (Racer Industries Class I).
The #37 Darrell Lea Keltic Racing McLaren 650s and the #24 Nissan Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 took no part in the final practice session of the day following their practice three issues (click here to read the report). The #37 will be fixed overnight and ready for a track return tomorrow. Throughout the session, assessment continued on the #24, with the team reporting they are cautiously hopeful of being able to undertake a fix on the damaged chassis.
For full results go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/results/
The field will return to the track tomorrow – Saturday 4 February – for one more practice session before launching into qualifying for Sunday’s race around the clock. For full scheduling information, go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/the-event/schedule/
All of tomorrow’s action will be streamed live and free, while 7mate will carry television coverage of the Top 10 shootout Saturday afternoon before broadcasting the entire race on Sunday. For more information on how to follow along with all of the action across the weekend, please go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/news/how-to-watch-the-b12hr/
Tickets remain on sale via ticketek and are also available at the gate this weekend.