Erebus Mercedes secures Bathurst 12 Hour pole

The pole-sitting #63 Erebus Mercedes

The pole-sitting #63 Erebus Mercedes

Erebus Motorsport #63 Mercedes has secured pole position for Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Barthurst 12 Hour despite not taking to the track in the second qualifying session.

The driving crew of Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade and Peter Hackett watched from the pitlane as the 30 minutes unfolded, with none of their rivals able to make an impression on Holdsworth’s 2:06.27s morning effort as track temperatures soared towards 60 degrees.

The top end of the grid remains unchanged from the morning, with the #88 Maranello Ferrari set to start on the outside of the front-row.

Having been slugged with a 50kg weight penalty for breaking the 2:06.0s benchmark time in Qualifying 1, Maranello’s tough day continued when John Bowe made light contact with the #51 IMAK Mosler late in the second session.

Matt Griffin set the quickest lap in Qualifying 2, clocking a relatively sedate 2:07.79s on his first flying lap in the  #33 Clearwater Ferrari. The Malaysian entry will start third thanks to its time from this morning.

Klark Quinn set the second quickest Qualifying 2 time in the #5 VIP Porsche, setting a 2:09.02s after taking over from co-driver Shane van Gisbergen.

It was a difficult second session for the #69 Motorsport Services Porsche, which spent most of the 30 minutes in the pitlane with smoke emanating from its exhaust.

The #29 Trofeo Corvette meanwhile failed to take to the track following its Qualifying 1 accident in the hands of Greg Murphy, but is expected to be fixed in time for tomorrow’s 0700 start.

See below for the full grid for Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

1 63 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A 2:06.2730  
2 88 Il Bello Rosso Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:06.4839 0:00.2109
3 33 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:06.8857 0:00.6127
4 11 JBS Swift Lamborghini GT3 LP56 A 2:06.9615 0:00.6885
5  9 Network Clothing / Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:06.9835 0:00.7105
6 36 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A 2:07.2389 0:00.9659
7  1 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:07.5672 0:01.2942
8  5 VIP Petfoods Porsche 911 GT3 R A 2:07.6015 0:01.3285
9 48 GB Galvanizing Lamborghini GT3 LP56 A 2:07.6838 0:01.4108
10 58 AF Corse SRL Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:07.9320 0:01.6590
11 29 Trofeo Motorsport / Pirelli Chevrolet Corvette Z A 2:08.6714 0:02.3984
12  6 Skwirk / Oneworld Bar Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.7569 0:02.4839
13 71 Equity-One Mortgage Fund Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.8931 0:02.6201
14 23 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.9790 0:02.7060
15 14 Peter Conroy Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT A 2:09.8581 0:03.5851
16 77 VIP Petfoods Aston Martin GT 2:10.6374 0:04.3644
17 81 DragonSpeed Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:11.0050 0:04.7320
18 12 ASM/BRM Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:11.7360 0:05.4630
19 51 IMAK / KWIKMIT Mosler MT900 GT3 A 2:13.1292 0:06.8562
20 16 Liqui Moly BMW Z4 GT3 A 2:13.9285 0:07.6555
21 30 Hunter Sports Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:13.9314 0:07.6584
22  4 Grove Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:14.2955 0:08.0225
23 44 Mal Rose Racing Holden VY Commodore I3 2:15.8420 0:09.5690
24 65 Daytona Sports Cars Pty Ltd Daytona Coupe I3 2:16.2340 0:09.9610
25 45 Rentcorp Forklifts Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:16.6129 0:10.3399
26 10 Simply Sports Cars Lotus Exige C 2:21.6981 0:15.4251
27  8 We Are Legend Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:22.0879 0:15.8149
28 54 Donut King Nissan R35 GTR C 2:22.6052 0:16.3322
29 69 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:22.6187 0:16.3457
30 67 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:24.0454 0:17.7724
31 76 Aston Martin St. Gallen Aston Martin Vantage C 2:25.0950 0:18.8220
32 35 Sennheiser/ Ric Shaw Racing Mazda RX-7 I2 2:25.9253 0:19.6523
33 20 Team Peugeot RCZ Peugeot RCZ Cup I1 2:26.5056 0:20.2326
34 55 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:26.6948 0:20.4218
35 56 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:27.0011 0:20.7281
36 21 Team Peugeot RCZ Peugeot RCZ Cup I1 2:27.6536 0:21.3806
37 40 Motor School Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GT 2:27.6843 0:21.4113
38 62 nurburgring.com.au Lotus Exige S C 2:27.7740 0:21.5010
39  2 Racer Industries Holden Astra HSV VXR I2 2:27.8507 0:21.5777
40 60 1Cover Motionsport Lotus Elise I1 2:28.0710 0:21.7980
41 68 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:28.2472 0:21.9742
42 19 Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i D 2:28.4451 0:22.1721
43  7 Maximum Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX S D 2:29.0967 0:22.8237
44 73 ES Australia Ginetta G50 G4 GT 2:30.9941 0:24.7211
45 13 Bruce Lynton BMW BMW E46 I3 2:31.4765 0:25.2035
46 22 Cootes Transport Ford FPV GT D 2:33.3710 0:27.0980
47  3 Racer Industries Holden Astra HSV VXR E 2:38.9062 0:32.6332
48 27 The Shire Conveyancer BMW 130i E 2:40.6276 0:34.3546
49 70 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:40.6653 0:34.3923
50 26 GWS Personnel BMW 130i E 2:41.5339 0:35.2609
51 17 Showershop (NZ) Subaru Impreza WRX S I2 2:43.9006 0:37.6276
52 24 GWS Personnel BMW 335i D 5:06.7677 3:00.4947

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