In the dying seconds of practice three, Chaz Mostert has taken the #90 MARC Cars Australia BMW M6 GT3 to the top of the sheets with a 2m 03.312s lap.
“It was pretty lucky, I had one or two cars I had to pass but I was on the straight, so was lucky enough to have a clear lap,” Mostert said.
“The car felt pretty good, we will keep making some adjustments and see if we can make it a bit faster.
“There is a bit more in the car and in me I think – it was my first session. I think everyone up and down pit lane has more in them.”
Five manufacturers locked out the top five spots, with the BMW leading a Ferrari, Bentley, Nissan and Mercedes. For full results go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/results/
The first five minutes saw not only all 55 cars on-track, but also the first flying lap of the session with Christopher Mies (#74 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS – 2m 05.878s) striking out to set the first flying lap on only his second lap.
He didn’t hold the top spot for long however, with Maxime Soulet bettering his lap time just one lap later in the #8 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 (2m 04.704s). Soulet would hold the top spot until the 45 minute mark, when Jamie Whincup in the #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 took over with a 2m 04.419s lap.
From this point on Whincup was pushing hard while battling traffic, before local yellows flew with eight minutes to go due to a stationary #35 Infants Friend Team Lubrimaxx Aston Martin V12 Vantage on the Liqui-Moly Straight. Thankfully, Tony Bates was able to get the Miedecke Stone Motorsport entry up and running again to re-join the field and see the flags withdrawn – leaving six minutes of all-green running.
Whincup wasted no time – bettering his time to 2m 04.248s before just minutes later, experiencing a scary moment at the Audi Cutting. Luckily for the #88, he was able to emerge unscathed from this adventure. However, he wouldn’t be able to hold onto the fastest time, with Mostert swooping in to claim the best time as the checkered flag fell.
Leading the classes were the #90 (Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #61 Hogs Breath Café Mercedes SLS AMG (BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #88 (Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro), the #4 Grove Hire Porsche 911 (myPlates GT3 Class B), the #55 RA Motorsports Ginetta G55 (Class C- GT4) and the #92 Castrol MARC Cars Australia Focus V8 (Racer Industries Class I).
The session hosted two early retirements. The first to call time on practice three was the #37 Darrell Lea Keltic Racing McLaren 650s, which was withdrawn from the session after driver Klark Quinn was forced to bring the machine he is sharing Tony Quinn, Grant Denyer and Andrew Waite this weekend back to the pit-lane with a leak from the rear at the 18 minute mark.
Forty minutes into the hour-long stanza, it was the #24 Nissan Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3’s turn to return to the garage. Contact with the wall after losing the rear at ‘the metal grate’ at the top of the Mountain saw Florian Strauss forced to limp the car back to pit lane, losing the bonnet down Conrod Straight in the process. The team continues to assess the damage.
For full results go to http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/results/
Live timing is available at http://bathurst12hour.com.au/live-timing
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour action continues here at Mount Panorama with a fourth and final practice session scheduled to hit the track today at 4.05pm.
To follow along with all the action, check out radiolemans.com for live commentary during all Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour sessions. For more on how to follow along across the weekend, including live streaming and free to air coverage, 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.