Previous Races

Previous Races

FIRST HELD in 1991, the Bathurst 12 Hour started its life as a race for production-based vehicles before becoming a race for international GT vehicles in 2011. The race has been held 15 times, 7 of them for GT3 vehicles.

The race was initially held for four years between 1991-1994, before moving to Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway (now Sydney Motorsport Park) in 1995. The race remained on hiatus until it returned in Easter, 2007, with new promoters.

After initially being contested by production-based vehicles with a price cap of $125,000, in 2011 the race opened itself to GT vehicles confirming to the rapidly-expanding GT3 category – attracting interest from around the world.

In 2016, Supercars Australia assumed the promotion and management of the event.

Now settled in a traditional date on the first weekend of February, the race represents the kicking-off point for the Australian motorsport season.

Year Winners Car Laps
1991 Allan Grice / Peter Fitzgerald / Nigel Arkell Toyota Supra 242
1992 Charlie O’Brien / Mark Gibbs / Garry Walden Mazda RX-7 SP 254
1993 Alan Jones / Garry Walden Mazda RX-7 SP 263
1994 Gregg Hansford / Neil Crompton Mazda RX-7 SP 262
1995-2006 Race not held
2007 Garry Holt / Craig Baird / Paul Morris BMW 335i Turbo 257
2008 Rod Salmon / Damien White / Graeme Alexander Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 253
2009 Rod Salmon / Damien White / Tony Longhurst Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 239
2010 Garry Holt / John Bowe / Paul Morris BMW 335i Turbo 202
2011 Marc Basseng / Darryl O’Young / Christoper Meis Audi R8 LMS 292
2012 Christoper Meis / Christer Jons / Darryl O’Young Audi R8 LMS 270
2013 Bernd Schneider / Thomas Jaeger / Alex Roloff Mercedes Benz SLS AMG 268
2014 Craig Lowndes / John Bowe / Mika Salo / Peter Edwards Ferrari 458 GT3 296
2015 Katsumasa Chiyo / Florian Strauss / Wolfgang Riep Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 269
2016 Shane van Gisbergen / Alvaro Parente / Jonathan Webb McLaren 650S GT3 297
2017 Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup / Toni Villander Ferrari 488 GT3 290

2007

THE ONCE-ANNUAL Bathurst 12 Hour returned with a bang in 2007 with a drama filled race that went right down to the final laps, as the Garry Holt / Paul Morris / Craig Baird BMW was hunted in the closing hour by the factory backed Subaru driven by a trio of Rallying aces – Dean Herridge, Cody Crocker and WRC star Chris Atkinson.

With a Mitsubishi third, three different marquees completed the top three and it was clear that the famous production car enduro was back, for good.

In the coming years the qualifying time would come down by six seconds, the fastest lap by four but the first race – thanks to being remarkably trouble free with only three, brief Safety Cars – still holds the lap / distance record at a shade under 1600kms completed.

2008

2008 marked the emergence of the TMR Australia squad and the Mitsubishi Lancer as the must-have car for Production endurance racing as the brand finished 1-2.

Aside from the winning drive by Damien White, Graham Alexander and Rod Salmon, a starring drive was posted by the Quinn / Quinn / Denyer VIP Petfoods car to finish second, just 33 seconds from the winning car after an all-out sprint to the flag.

Defending winners, Holt, Morris and Baird finished a lap down in third, but remained contenders throughout the Event.

Iconic imagery of Len Cave escaping from an incredible rollover in the Chase – whilst driving a Mazda 3 MPS – made the major news networks the evening of the race and will be replayed for a long time to come.

2009

IF 2008 had shown the potential of the EVO Lancer, then 2009 reinforced it. In a complete domination of the race TMR Australia prepared EVO X RS models finished first and second, and a lap clear of everyone else.

To rub salt into the wounds of those not in something baring a Mitsubishi badge, the Pro-Duct car of Jason Bargwanna, Steve Knight and Brad Jones was third (one lap down) and the Easts Holiday Parks car driven by father-son team of David & Des Wall and Trevor Symonds was fourth. The first non-Mitsubishi home was a BMW 335i, in fifth place.

Though failing to set a new distance record (in part to additional safety cars due to the record entry), the race was set at a cracking pace. Despite this, 32 of the 48 starters were classified as finishers.

2010

A REMARKABLE race where nearly 40% of the 12 hours was spent either behind the safety car, or stopped due to the torrential rain that caused chaos all weekend (Nearly 80mm fell Saturday afternoon alone).

The race turned into a pitched battle between a horde of Mitsubishi Lancer EVO’s and the BMW 335i cannily driven by John Bowe, Paul Morris and car owner Garry Holt, who ended up toppling the four-wheel-drive cars to win the race under a safety-car finish. The Pro-Duct Evo of Neil Crompton, Glenn Seton and Mark King finished second, holding off the incredible Holden HSV R8 Tourer (wagon) of Nathan Pretty, Cam McConville and Andrew Jones, in a stunning third.

The 2010 race will forever be memorable for the events that occurred at approximately 12:45PM when a large tree fell across the circuit on the exit of Falken Forrest’s Elbow, completely blocking the circuit and forcing the race to a halt as Bathurst Regional Council workers, the SES and Event Officials used chainsaws to clear the circuit.

2011

THE RETURN of GT vehicles to Mount Panorama delivered an exciting battle to the finish between Audi and Porsche – and Audi themselves.

The two Team Joest-run R8LMSs fought an inter-team battle to the flag that saw the international entry beat the Aussie’s by less than a second in an iconic form 1-2 finish.

The inclusion of international-specification GT3 vehicles saw the race opened to the world with a record number of people following the race via social media and live internet streaming across the day.

Naturally, with the quicker GT cars in attendance, the race lap record, laps completed and distance completed records were all set during the race however the timing of the fastest lap – set by Craig Lowndes within the last 90 minutes – showed how hot the pace was until the end.

The long-running Production Car fight between Mitsubishi and BMW continued in the ‘race within a race’ battle – the Peter Conroy Motorsport Lancer edging out the GWS Motorsport BMW at the end of a long day.

2012

THE 2012 Race was run in constant wet weather, with only 18 cars finishing.

Phoenix Racing’s Audi R8 LMS took the chequered flag by 13 seconds from Erebus Motorsport’s Mercedes Benz SLS AMG followed by Clearwater Racing’s Ferrari 458 Italia.

The wet weather on race day meant lap times were well down and the winner completed only 270 laps. However, a dry period of the Race early on was all II Bello Rosso’s Allan Simonsen needed to set a new race lap record.

Audi held supremacy for much of the day, but it didn’t mean the race was undramatic. Pushed hard by the leading Erebus SLS AMG all day, at one stage the #1 car ended buried in the Murray’s corner sand trap – only to be recovered before going one lap behind the then-leading Mercedes. Had the lap been lost, the overall result may have been very different indeed. Clearwater Racing finished third in their Ferrari, on debut from their Asian base.

The inclusion of international-specification GT3 vehicles saw the race opened to the world with a record number of people following the race via social media and live internet streaming across the day.

2013

A REMARKABLE downpour hours from the end of the 2013 race threw added drama into an already dramatic day, won by the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 driven by Germans Thomas Jaeger, Alex Roloff and Bernd Schneider.

Mercedes’ first win on the mountain saw them hold off the Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 GT3 of Craig Baird, Matt Griffin and Mok Weng Sung by little over one lap after the Ferrari was slightly delayed mid race – Baird and Griffin storming back into contention within the final few hours.

Shane van Gisbergen, Klark Quinn, Matt Kingsley and Tony Quinn finished third outright in their Porsche GT3R, their drive notable for van Gisbergen’s incredible car control in the wet conditions that saw him passing cars around the outside of Reid park, on slick tyres, in torrential rain.

49 cars started the 2013 race, the most since its return in 2007.

2014

BATHURST legend Craig Lowndes added another chapter to his incredible record on the mountain when he teamed with John Bowe, Peter Edwards and Mika Salo to win the most thrilling Bathurst 12 Hour yet in 2014.

Under fire from a flying Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG driven by German star Maximilian Buhk, Lowndes fended off attack after attack from the flying German in the final three laps before delivering Ferrari their first major victory on the Mountain in stunning fashion.

Buhk, Harold Primat and 2013 winner Thomas Jaeger ultimately finished second – 0.41s behind in the closest ever race finish in 12 Hour history.

Erebus Motorsport finished third with Greg Crick, Will Davison and Jack LeBrocq in a stunning drive despite substantial damage to their Mercedes Benz – Davison forced to fend off a flying Shane van Gisbergen in the closing stages to secure his spot on the podium.

Run at a hectic pace, the 2014 race was the fastest ever contested to that point and also set a distance record of 296 laps / 1839km across the 12 Hours.

2015

JAPANESE driver Katsumasa Chiyo announced himself as a new Bathurst cult-hero in 2015 after delivering Nissan an unlikely Bathurst victory for the first time since 1992 in style.

Chiyo-san sat third on a late race restart but fired past two cars on the penultimate lap to take an incredible victory with co-drivers Florian Strauss and Wolfgang Riep.

Phoenix Racing’s Audi R8 driven by Laurens Vanthoor, Marco Mapelli and Markus Winkelhock led a majority of the race however were out-gunned in the closing stages by the flying Nissan, ultimately finishing two seconds behind in third.

Asian team Craft-Bamboo Racing finished third after a controversial final-corner tangle saw them, the Phoenix Audi and the Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3 scrap for second, third and fourth in the final corner.

Alex MacDowell, Stefan Mucke and two-time winner Darryl O’Young ultimately grabbed third with the Bentley fourth on debut.

Seven different brands finished in the top seven places at the end of a thrilling race that also featured a record 20-safety car interruptions.

2016

McLAREN won their first ever Bathurst 12 Hour in 2016 thanks to a phenomenal performance from drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Alvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb.

Despite 13 safety car interruptions, the 2016 race was run at a breakneck pace and was the fastest ever set. During the race, van Gisbergen set the new outright Bathurst lap record (2m01.567s) having gone even quicker in qualifying on Saturday.

McLaren’s triumph was almost overshadowed by Nissan, 2015 winner Katsumasa Chiyo thrilling his growing legion of fans once again with a stunning pursuit of the leading McLaren in the closing laps.

Hauling in a five-second margin, Chiyo relentlessly closed to one second of the leader by the time the flag fell, he, Rick Kelly and Florian Strauss ultimately settling for second in a strong title defense for the NISMO team.

Bentley Team M-Sport made up for their last-lap disappointment in 2015 by finishing third with Matt Bell, Steven Kane and Guy Smith.

Five different brands finished in the top five and the 297 laps completed by the winner was the most on record.

2017

CRAIG LOWNDES, Jamie Whincup and Toni Vilander won the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour after yet another dramatic conclusion to a Bathurst enduro.

The Maranello Motorsport Ferrari trio outlasted the most competitive field the race has yet seen to win – but the dramatic final hour of the race once again provided compelling viewing, as a late challenge for victory by the No. 22 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 came close to victory but ultimately ended in a non-finish.

Defending 12-hour winner Shane van Gisbergen emerged in the lead after the final round of pit stops, narrowly heading Jamie Whincup in the Maranello Ferrari by two seconds.

The pair then staged a thrilling duel for the lead with Whincup putting two wheels on the grass to pass van Gisbergen down Conrod straight before pulling away in front as the race reached its final 45-minutes.

However a late Safety Car within the final 20 minutes re-closed the gap between the pair, only for van Gisbergen to sensationally crash out of the race at the dipper once the race had resumed, denying him, Maro Engel and Craig Baird second place.

Whincup then survived a final safety car interruption in the final 15 minutes before bringing the Ferrari home for the brands second Bathurst victory, backing up their 2014 effort.

The result delivered Whincup and Vilander their first Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour victories and Lowndes his second, the winners completing 290 laps – 1978km – of Mount Panorama en route to victory.

Van Gisbergen’s late race dramas – that also included a looming penalty for contact with a lapped vehicle – elevated the Ice Break Competition Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3R to second place, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Matt Campbell and David Calvert Jones delivering Porsche’s latest racer a Bathurst podium on debut. The quartet also won the B.R.M watches Pro/Am class thanks to their sensational performance.

Third was the Bentley Team M-Sport No. 17 car driven by Steven Kane, Guy Smith and Oliver Jarvis – Kane and Smith on the Bathurst podium for the second time in two years.