The JBS Lamborghini made an impressive return to the track in Qualifying 2 for the Bathurst 12 Hour as the Mountain continued to bite GT3 competitors.
The Roger Lago-owned Lamborghini had missed the morning’s first hour of qualifying after an eligibility discrepancy required the team to convert the car to 2013-specifications.
David Russell was subsequently given the task of qualifying and setting up the rejigged car, recording a best of 2:05.0s before handing over to Lago.
The time was good enough to top the session by 1.7s, putting the #23 Lamborghini fifth on combined times.
With soaring track temperatures ensuring that Mika Salo’s 2:03.9s morning best in the Maranello Ferrari would not be beaten, the vast majority spent the session giving their co-drivers maximum laps.
Friday fast-man Maro Engel left Bernd Schneider and Nico Bastian to share the #1 Mercedes, which ended up second fastest.
Jack Le Brocq ensured Erebus had two cars in the top three after taking over from Greg Crick, while Katsuma Chiyo, Alex Buncombe and Wolfgang Reip all shared the #32 Nissan on its way to fourth.
The session was extended by 15 minutes after a lengthy delay to recover the #77 AF Corse Ferrari, which had been backed into the concrete at The Cutting by Steven Wyatt.
The 458, which was also involved in a crash on Friday, is now in doubt for the race.
A 15 minute session for the Class A runners will complete the qualifying process this afternoon.