Audis continue to lead following opening day at Bathurst
Audi has continued its position at the top of the timesheets as the opening day at the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour concluded with a twilight practice session.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the four-ring brigade after Theo Koundouris found the wall in the Supabarn Supermarkets entry at Reid Park and is in doubt to start the event.
Stablemate Liam Talbot in the Coinspot Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II led the session from reigning Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Series winner Yasser Shahin in the lead Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia entry by 0.435s.
Third was Shahin’s teammate Brad Schumacher as SunEnergy 1 Racing/Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Kenny Habul in his Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Kevin Tse driving the Craft Bamboo Racing entry.
Sixth was the lead Invitational Class MARC II of Zane Morse from Tony Bates in the C-Tech Laser Audi, Stephen Grove’s Grove Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R, Declan Fraser in the second MARC and Team BRM Audi’s Mark Rosser.
One final practice session in the twilight for the Pro drivers concluded the day, with Kelvin van der Linde setting a 2m 03.956s in the Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia R8 LMS GT3 Evo II
Chaz Mostert in the Coinspot Audi placed second from Craft Bamboo Racing’s Maro Engel, Luca Stolz SunEnergy 1 Racing/Triple Eight Race Engineering and Marcus Winkelhock in the second Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia entry.
Rounding out the 10 were David Reynolds in the C-Tech Laser Audi, the Grove Racing Porsche of Ben Barker, Nick Percat for Team BRM, Broc Feeney’s Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Wall Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, with Tony D’Alberto at the wheel.
There was one stoppage to collect debris from The Chase.
Tomorrow’s LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour action begins at 8:05am AEST with Practice 5.
Qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout will run on Saturday ahead of the 5:15am start time on Sunday. The start time will mean that the first hour of the race will be run in complete darkness – again, a first for the popular 12 Hour race.
Broadcast in Australia will be available via 7mate and Kayo, while international viewers can watch via GT World YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/
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