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Bastian and Lowndes to share front-row

Saturday 8th February, 2014 - 6:13pm

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Bastian (left) with Bernd Schneider and Maro Engel

Bastian (left) with Bernd Schneider and Maro Engel

Circuit rookie Nico Bastian and five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes will share the front-row of the grid for the start of the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The 23-year-old German has been selected to start the #1 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes that Maro Engel sensationally drove to pole position in the third and final qualifying session.

Although nominated as the team’s unseeded driver, Bastian was a podium finisher in the Nuburgring 24 Hours and has adapted well to Mount Panorama.

Bastian’s fastest time of the weekend so far is a 2:06.3s, some 0.5s quicker than that of star team leader Bernd Schneider.

“It was crazy for me because I know the Nurburgring very well but here it’s something special to drive so tight between the walls and be going so quickly next to the walls,” said Bastian of Bathurst.

“That was a challenge for me early in the free practice but now I’m very pleased with my speed.

“I can still improve a lot but I think we have a very good driver line-up and are really looking forward to the race, especially from pole position.”

All teams were required to nominate their starting drivers prior to 1700 today.

See below for the full list of starting drivers

Car Competitor/Team Vehicle Class Starting Driver
1 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A Nico Bastian
88 il Bello Rosso Ferrari F458 Italia A Craig Lowndes
37 Darrell Lea McLaren MP4 12C A Klark Quinn
63 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A Jack Le Brocq
32 NISMO Athlete Global Team Nissan GT-R NISMO GT A Rick Kelly
23 JBS Swift Lamborghini Gallardo A Peter Kox
9 Network Clothing / Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS Ultra A Marc Cini
3 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra A Laurens Vanthoor
25 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra A Mark Patterson
48 M Motorsport Lamborghini Gallardo A Steven Richards
84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A Thomas Jaegar
33 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F458 Italia A Weng Sun Mok
14 Oakley Motorsports Audi R8 LMS B Oliver Gavin
71 Equity-One Mortgage Fund Audi R8 LMS B Dean Fiore
69 Superbarn Supermarkets Pty Ltd Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B Max Twigg
4 Grove Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Earl Bamber
12 Ice Break Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Alex Davison
45 Rentcorp Hyundai Forklifts Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Richard Muscat
67 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Jonathan Venter
70 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd Marc Focus GTC I Grant Denyer
50 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd Marc Focus GTC I Chris Pither
35 Sennheiser/Rentcorp Forklifts Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Indrian Padayachee
19 Rosche Visper RS75 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Damien Flack
42 Motorline BMW BMW M3 E46 GTR D Anthony Gibertson
51 IMAK / KWIKMIT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B Andrew Macpherson
60 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd MARC Focus GTC I Dylan Thomas
99 F.X.D Workwear Lamborghini Gallardo B Peter Hill
6 SAFE-T-STOP Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B Stuart Kostera
17 Griffith Corporation Ginerra G50 C Karl Reindler
55 Compareinsurance.com.au Lotus Exige C Peter Storey
54 Donut King Lotus C Mark O’Connor
65 Daytona Sportscars Daytona Sportscar Coupe D Jamie Augustine
66 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa D Danny Stutterd
97 Te Manava Luxury Resort/DVS BMW M3 GT4 D Andre Motrimer
95 Fiat Abarth Motorsport Fiat Abarth 500 F Paul Stokell
96 Fiat Abarth Motorsport Fiat Abarth 500 F Luke Youlden
7 Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX Sti D Dean Herridge
28 GWS Personnel BMW 335i D Peter O’Donnell
22 GT Radial / Radio Hauraki Seat Leon Supercopa D Lewis Scott
59 Fiat Abarth Motorsport Fiat Abarth 500 F Matthew Campbell

 

 

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