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Erebus stamps authority in final practice

Friday 7th February, 2014 - 5:37pm

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Maro Engel set the fastest time in the closing minutes

Maro Engel set the fastest time in the closing minutes

Maro Engel set a record 2:04.5s lap of Mount Panorama to end Friday practice for the Bathurst 12 Hour at the top of the order.

The German and his Erebus Motorsport team-mate Will Davison traded times in the final 15 minutes of Practice 4 following an early smattering of red flags.

The efforts of Engel and co-driver Nico Bastian kept the #1 entry on top for most of the session before Davison rolled off a 2:05.3s with 10 minutes remaining.

Engel, who has been replaced by Davison in the team’s V8 Supercars squad for this season, then recorded a 2:04.45s that could not be beaten.

The lap was a full 1.5s faster than the previous quickest time of the day, set by David Russell and in first session.

“The boys have done a really good job, they did a few things during the day and the car is set up nice,” said Engel post-sesssion.

“The track has gripped up a bit. It’s a good finish to the day, the cars are in one piece and all the drivers have put in good laps, especially Nico for his first time here.

“All we need are some clear laps tomorrow (to see record qualifying speeds).”

Late efforts from Mika Salo and Russell put the #88 Maranello Ferrari and #23 JBS Lamborghini third and fourth respectively.

The #32 Nismo Nissan, #3 Phoenix Audi, #33 Clearwater Ferrari, #37 Quinn McLaren, #25 United Autosports Audi and #48 M Motorsport Lamborghini completed the top 10.

While the Erebus Mercedes entries showed their hand, the SLS of HTP Motorsport suffered heavy right-side damage thanks to a mistake from Harold Primat at McPhillamy Park.

The AF Corse Ferrari that was crashed during the morning meanwhile returned to the circuit for the final minutes of the day.

Australian Steve Wyatt, who had been involved in the McPhillamy Park crash, completed four laps aboard the 458.

See below for the combined results from the day’s practice sessions

Pos Car Competitor/Team Drivers Vehicle Class Session Time Gap
1 1 Erebus Motorsport B.Schneider/M.Engel/N.Bastian Mercedes  SLS AMG GT A P7 2:04.4533
2 63 Erebus Motorsport W.Davison/J.Brocq/G.Crick Mercedes  SLS AMG GT A P7 2:05.3339 0:00.8806
3 23 JBS Swift R.Lago/D.Russell/P.Kox Lamborghini Gallardo B P2 2:05.9397 0:01.4864
4 88 il Bello Rosso P.Edwards/J.Bowe/C.Lowndes/M.Salo Ferrari F458 Italia A P7 2:06.4062 0:01.9529
5 32 NISMO Athlete Global Team R.Kelly/K.Chiyo/A.Buncombe/W.Reip Nissan GT-R NISMO GT A P6 2:06.5958 0:02.1425
6 48 M Motorsport J.McMillan/S.Richards/D.Wood/R.Lilley Lamborghini Gallardo A P2 2:07.9665 0:03.5132
7 9 Network Clothing / Hallmarc M.Cini/M.Eddy/C.Mies Audi R8 LMS Ultra A P2 2:07.9675 0:03.5142
8 3 Phoenix Racing R.Frey/R.Rast/L.Vanthoor Audi R8 LMS Ultra A P7 2:07.9730 0:03.5197
9 37 Darrell Lea T.Quinn/K.Quinn/A.Kirkaldy/S.Gisbergen McLaren MP4 12C A P7 2:08.1495 0:03.6962
10 33 Clearwater Racing W S Mok/C.Baird/M.Griffin/H.Hamaguchi Ferrari F458 Italia A P7 2:08.5147 0:04.0614
11 77 AF Corse S.Wyatt/M.Rugolo/M.Cioci Ferrari F458 Italia A P2 2:09.1623 0:04.7090
12 25 United Autosports M.Patterson/E.Lux/M.Winkelhock Audi R8 LMS Ultra A P7 2:09.3757 0:04.9224
13 84 HTP Motorsport H.Primat/T.Jaeger/M.Buhk Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A P6 2:10.0501 0:05.5968
14 49 Vicious T.Defelice/D.Canto/T.D’Alberto/R.Loberto Ferrari F458 Italia A P2 2:10.0813 0:05.6280
15 5 skwirk.com.au J.Bright/W.Luff/R.Salmon/L.Talbot Audi R8 LMS Ultra A P6 2:10.2770 0:05.8237
16 69 Supabarn Supermarkets Pty Ltd J.Koundouris/T.Koundouris/S.Owen/M.Twigg Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B P2 2:11.0606 0:06.6073
17 14 Oakley Motorsports O.Gavin/R.Huff/R.Meins/K.Gleason Audi R8 LMS B P2 2:11.2673 0:06.8140
18 4 Grove Group S.Grove/E.Bamber/B.Barker Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:11.5125 0:07.0592
19 12 Ice Break / Competition Motors D.Calvert-Jones/A.Davison/P.Long Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:11.9542 0:07.5009
20 45 Rentcorp Hyundai Forklifts D.Padayachee/R.Muscat/B.Mawer Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:13.4876 0:09.0343
21 19 Rosche Visper RS75 D.Flack/R.Smith/S.Smollen Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:14.0317 0:09.5784
22 51 IMAK / KWIKMIT A.Macpherson/B.Porter/G.Walden Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B P7 2:14.0590 0:09.6057
23 71 Equity-one Mortgage Fund D.Koutsoumidis/D.Grant/D.Fiore/M.Loccisano Audi R8 LMS B P7 2:15.2589 0:10.8056
24 65 Daytona Sportscars J.Augustine/B.Schoots/P.Freestone Daytona Sportscar Co D P6 2:16.9103 0:12.4570
25 67 Motorsport Services J.Lowrey/T.Richards/J.Venter Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:17.2355 0:12.7822
26 42 Motorline BMW A.Gilbertson/A.Chapel/J.Clements BMW M3 E46 GTR D P7 2:17.7442 0:13.2909
27 70 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd G.Denyer/A.Gowans/G.Jacobson/A.Miedecke MARC Focus GTC I P7 2:17.7774 0:13.3241
28 50 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd K.Kassulke/J.Camilleri/C.Pither MARC Focus GTC I P6 2:18.2367 0:13.7834
29 35 Sennheiser/Rentcorp Forklifts/ R.Shaw/I.Padayachee/A.Fisher/A.Zerefos Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:18.3288 0:13.8755
30 99 F.X.D Workwear P.Hill/S.Middleton/E.Bana Lamborghini Gallardo B P2 2:18.4714 0:14.0181
31 60 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd M.Benton/H.Morrall/D.Thomas/R.McLeod MARC Focus GTC I P7 2:18.5562 0:14.1029
32 68 Motorsport Services D.Bilski/M.Mahy/D.Glasson Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P6 2:20.0991 0:15.6458
33 17 Griffith Corporation M.Griffith/K.Reindler/D.Gaunt Ginetta G50 C P7 2:20.2615 0:15.8082
34 55 Compareinsurance.com.au G.Shedden/P.Storey/B.Gower Lotus Exige C P7 2:20.5284 0:16.0751
35 6 SAFE-T-STOP R.Gartner/G.Duffy/M.Hector/S.Kostera Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B P7 2:20.9350 0:16.4817
36 97 “Te Manava Luxury Resort,DVS,G W.Mortimer/A.Motrimer/M.Lyons/F.Lyons BMW M3 GT4 D P7 2:24.1437 0:19.6904
37 54 Donut King A.Alford/P.Leemhuis/M.O’Connor Lotus C P7 2:27.0742 0:22.6209
38 7 Maximum Motorsport D.Herridge/J.O’Dowd/A.Kennard Subaru WRX Sti D P1 2:30.4687 0:26.0154
39 22 GT Radial / Radio Hauraki R.Billington/L.Scott/S.Owers Seat Leon Supercopa D P1 2:31.6444 0:27.1911
40 96 Fiat Arbarth Motorsport L.Youlden/P.Gover/G.Hede/M.Sinclair Fiat Abarth 500 F P1 2:33.2495 0:28.7962
41 95 Fiat Arbarth Motorsport P.Stokell/T.Hagon/J.Dowling/C.Campbell Fiat Abarth 500 F P1 2:33.7858 0:29.3325
42 28 GWS Personnel P.O’Donnell/A.Shephard/K.Booker/M.Chahda BMW 335i D P1 2:33.9637 0:29.5104
43 66 Motorsport Services M.Driver/D.Stutterd/G.Stewart Seat Leon Supercopa D P7 2:33.9817 0:29.5284
44 59 Fiat Arbarth Motorsport M.Cherry/M.Campbell/L.Ellery Fiat Abarth 500 F P1 2:36.6899 0:32.2366

 

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