Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au Australia's International Endurance Race Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:59:31 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://dpq6glm99k454.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/11124619/cropped-headerlogo-square-32x32.png Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au 32 32 BMW sets the pace in 12-hour practice http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/bmw-sets-teh-pace-12-hour-practice/ http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/bmw-sets-teh-pace-12-hour-practice/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:20:58 +0000 http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/?p=1460 BMW entries have finished first and second in practice for Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour today at Mount Panorama. A flying lap from two-time German DTM Champion Marco Wittman put the No. 60 BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 to the top of the times in the final practice session of the day – his 2m03.219s […]

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BMW entries have finished first and second in practice for Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour today at Mount Panorama.

A flying lap from two-time German DTM Champion Marco Wittman put the No. 60 BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 to the top of the times in the final practice session of the day – his 2m03.219s lap standing as the fastest time of the day.

Wittman will share his M6 GT3 with four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards and Supercars champion Mark Winterbottom this weekend.

“We have to see how the rest of the weekend goes,” Wittman said after his lap.

“They were definitely good laps and getting a clean lap is important here. It went pretty well in free practice but it is tomorrow that counts.

“I really like to be here in Bathurst and it is my first time racing here. The track is challenging and good for drivers. The car looks great. Proud to be here with Steve Richards and to drive with Mark Winterbottom too.”

 Wittman narrowly edged out MARC GT BMW driver Chaz Mostert, whose practice three benchmark of 2m03.312s was less than 0.1 seconds behind Wittman’s later benchmark.

 Mostert’s lap – the first into the 2m03s for the day – came in the dying seconds of the third session of four and had the former Bathurst 1000 winner positive about their chances this weekend.

“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 following the session.

“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.”

Double Bathurst 12 hour winner Christoper Mies put his JAMEC-PEM Racing Audi R8 LMS third overall on combined times with a 2m03.913s, while Toni Vilander’s best of 2m04.192s saw the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 he will share with Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup set the fourth fastest time of the day.

Whincup, in particular, impressed in his first laps behind the wheel of the bright red Ferrari at Mount Panorama, the six-time Supercars champion lapping within tenths of Vilander’s best time.

BMW topped three of the four session today, Russell Ingall topping the first session of the day for ‘Am or unseeded’ drivers – while Vilander’s personal best of the day had him on top of the second session.

A relatively clean day of action saw only two red flags throughout the four sessions – and more than three hours of running – however one claimed a pre-race favourite early in the weekend.

Driven at the time by former 12-hour winner Florian Strauss, the No. 44 Nissan GT-R suffered heavy damaged following a crash at the infamous ‘Metal Grate’ at the top of Mount Panorama.

The car missed the final session of the day as they worked to repair the significant front end damage caused to the car Strauss will share with Todd Kelly and Jann Mardenborough.

The only other outright contender to strike dramas was the Keltic Racing McLaren 650S GT3, engine dramas halting an otherwise promising start to their day and necessitating heavy repairs before they return to action tomorrow.

The Grove Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car topped the myPlates.com.au Class B, while the RA Motorsport Ginetta G55 topped Class C (GT4) and the Daytona Sportscars Dodge Viper the Racer Industries Invitational Class.

Saturday’s action will see a further one-hour practice session between 8-9am in the morning, prior to an all-in 60-minute qualifying session that starts at 10:40. A 20-minute session for the GT3 cars only will then set the 10 contenders for the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout later in the afternoon.

The Pirelli shootout will be broadcast live on 7mate between 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

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Marco Wittmann and BMW claim practice four http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/marco-wittmann-bmw-claim-practice-four/ http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/marco-wittmann-bmw-claim-practice-four/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:11:09 +0000 http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/?p=1454 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 […]

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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.

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Mostert and MARC top practice three http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/mostert-marc-top-practice-three/ http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/mostert-marc-top-practice-three/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 02:51:14 +0000 http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/?p=1448 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 […]

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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.

 

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Maranello Motorsport top practice early http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/marnello-motorsport-top-practice-early/ http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/2017/02/03/marnello-motorsport-top-practice-early/#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:08:53 +0000 http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/?p=1441 The on-track action for the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is officially underway, with opening practice sessions providing an opportunity for all racers to take to the Mountain this morning. The #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 of Tony Vilander, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup is currently the fastest of the field and the Liqui-Moly […]

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The on-track action for the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is officially underway, with opening practice sessions providing an opportunity for all racers to take to the Mountain this morning.

The #88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 of Tony Vilander, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup is currently the fastest of the field and the Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro class, with Vilander topping the sheets during practice two (all drivers) with a 2m 04.192s lap.

Second fastest outright was the #60 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3, while the #75 and #74 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMSs were third and fourth fastest respectively. Rounding out the top five was the #23 Nissan Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

Leading the classes were the #5 GT Motorsport Pty Ltd Audi R8 LMS (2m 06.170s – Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #11 Objective Racing McLaren 650s (2m 05.906s – BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #4 Grove Motorsport Porsche 911 (2m 10.672s – myPlates GT3 Class B), the #55 RA Motorsports Ginetta G55 (2m 20.487s – Class C- GT4) and the #65 Daytona Sportscars Dodge Viper Coupe (2m 10.713s – Racer Industries Class I). The #65 also impressed when it came to speed – clocking up 297.6kmh through the speed trap in the closing stages of the session with Jamie Augustine at the wheel.

The sessions weren’t without their drama. Three cars (#62, #65 and #76) were held back from beginning practice one for not completing required administrative process ahead of the first practice session (amateurs only), and a red flag was flown in the first ten minutes of the all drivers session for the limping #60 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 with Steven Richards at the wheel. When the green flags flew, 40 minutes remained in the session.

In the Amateur Only session earlier in the morning, it was Russell Ingall who topped the time sheets outright and in the Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro class in the #7 Team Castrol Vodafone BMW M6 GT3 with a 2m 06.439s lap. For the other classes, it was the #3 Team ASR Pty Ltd Audi R8 LMS (BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM), the #35 Miedecke Stone Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Rydges Bathurst GT3 AM), the #4 Grove Motorsport Porsche 911 (myPlates GT3 Class B), the #19 PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO 4 (Class C GT4) and the #65 Daytona Sportscars Dodge Viper Coupe (Racer Industries Class I) who found themselves on top of the category orders.

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 the third of four practice sessions to be held today on-track from 12.35pm with the fourth to kick-off at 4.05pm.

To follow along with all the action as it unfolds today, 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.

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