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Audi sets record Friday pace in shortened practice 

Tom Howard

Friday 2nd February, 2018 - 2:58pm

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The pacesetting Jamec Pem Racing Audi

Factory Audi driver Frederic Vervisch has set the fastest ever Friday lap at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in a shortened Practice 4 at Mount Panorama.

The Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 leapt to the top of the times shortly after the halfway point of the session with a 2:03.13s, which was clearly the quickest lap of the day.

Vervisch’s time was quickly followed by a lap posted by the Practice 2 and 3 pacesetting #43 Schnitzer BMW, driven by Marco Wittmann. The time was 0.2s shy of the benchmark.

“Everything is going good. It’s difficult to see the real pace of everyone and the second thing is you have to have a clear lap as well,” said Vervisch.

“Not bad, for a first time for sure better than I expected so it’s good to be in front but you want to be there on Sunday.

“The car is really nice, we did some improvements from earlier in the day to now and I’m more comfortable and confident, it’s really cool. Like everybody describes its really nice.”

Co-driver Chaz Mostert had set the early pace in the entry which has been strong throughout the day.

Audi ended up third in the session following an effort from former Australian GT champion Chris Mies.

The session was red flagged, with 14 minutes remaining, and subsequently called following a multiple car incident at The Chase, involving the Class C Baigent Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 and the #8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes.

The damaged Baigent Motorsport BMW M4 GT4

The BMW, driven by Kent Baigent, was involved in a collision with the Class A Mercedes-AMG piloted by Max Twigg.

Both cars remained in the gravel trap while Baigent clambered from the BMW, that suffered front end damage, but appeared to be winded. The driver has been taken to the circuit’s medical centre as a precaution.

“We went side by side into The Chase. I had a lot of closing speed and I thought he’d stay wide but he just moved across,” Twigg told Speedcafe.com.

“That was a 280km/h spin, sideways through the gravel.”

Audi and BMW continued to dominate the top section of the times with the #37 Audi Sport Team WRT entry fourth, ahead of the BMW Team SRM M6 GT3 of Steven Richards, Timo Glock and Philipp Eng.

After sitting out Practice 3 due to an engine change, the Lago Racing Lamborghini returned to finish sixth, courtesy of David Russell. The car was the top Pro-Am GT3 entrant.

The leading Porsche runner was the Craft Bamboo entry of Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Kevin Estre in ninth.

Once again the #3 Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia R8 headed the GT3 Am class.

The #55 Strakka Racing Mercedes-AMG was the quickest from the marque in 11th just ahead of Scott McLaughlin’s YNA Autosport McLaren in 12th spot.

Bentley’s #17 Continental GT3 was 14th ahead of Shane van Gisbergen’s YNA Autosport McLaren.

Class B was topped by Team Carrera Cup Asia, while #46 Prosport Performance Porsche Cayman was the fastest in Class C.

The #67 MARC II Mustang took command of the Invitational class.

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will continue tomorrow (Saturday) with a final 40 minute practice session at 0855 local time.

A 45 minute qualifying session for non Class A entries will take place before a 30 minute Class A hit-out.

The top 10 positions for Sunday’s race will be set via a Top 10 Shootout at 1610 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 4

Pos Num Team Drivers Car Class Time Split
1 22 Valvoline / Jamecpem G.Tander
F.Vervisch
Audi R8 LMS APP 2:03.1368
2 43 BMW M Power C.Mostert
M.Wittmann
BMW M6 GT3 APP 2:03.3886 0:00.2518
3 74 Valvoline Jamecpem C.Mies
C.Haase
M.Winkelhock
Audi R8 LMS APP 2:03.6484 0:00.5116
4 37 Audi Sport Team WRT R.Frijns
S.Leonard
Audi R8 LMS APP 2:03.7760 0:00.6392
5 100 Laser Plumbing and Electrical S.Richards
T.Glock
BMW M6 GT3 APP 2:03.8655 0:00.7287
6 32 JBS Australia David Russell Lamborghini Gallardo APA 2:04.5086 0:01.3718
7 9 Hallmarc M.Cini
L.Holdsworth
Audi R8 LMS APA 2:04.6602 0:01.5234
8 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Y.Shahin
T.Enge
Lamborghini Gallardo APA 2:05.0699 0:01.9331
9 991 EuroMechanica Earl Bamber Porsche 911 GT3 R APP 2:05.1389 0:02.0021
10 3 Audi Sport Customer Racing A.Samadi
D.Gaunt
Audi R8 LMS AAM 2:05.1658 0:02.0290
11 55 Strakka Racing L.Williamson
C.Waters
Mercedes AMG GT GT3 APP 2:05.3752 0:02.2384
12 47 YNA Autosport S.McLaughlin
A.Watson
McLaren 650S GT3 APA 2:05.4992 0:02.3624
13 19 Daimler Trucks Brisbane D.Reynolds
M.Griffith
Mercedes GT APA 2:05.6431 0:02.5063
14 17 Bentley Team M-Sport G.Smith
J.Gounon
Bentley Continental APP 2:06.0037 0:02.8669
15 58 YNA Autosport S.van Gisbergen
C.Ledogar
McLaren 650S GT3 APP 2:06.1756 0:03.0388
16 12 Ice Break & Virgin Australia D.Calvert-Jones
P.Long
Porsche 991 GT3R APA 2:06.1802 0:03.0434
17 39 Audi Sport Team WRT Will Davison Audi R8 LMS APA 2:06.2338 0:03.0970
18 540 Boston Athletic Club T.Pappas
M.Lieb
Porsche 911 GT3 R APA 2:06.4693 0:03.3325
19 11 Objective Racing Jaxon Evans McLaren 650S APA 2:06.6409 0:03.5041
20 911 Manthey-Racing F.Makowiecki
D.Werner
Porsche 911 APP 2:06.6721 0:03.5353
21 75 Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 K.Habul
R.Marciello
Mercedes AMG GT3 APP 2:06.8439 0:03.7071
22 18 Bentley Team M-Sport Vincent Abril Bentley Continental APP 2:07.3992 0:04.2624
23 67 Gotzinger Smallgoods M.Haber
A.Cameron
MARC II V8 I 2:07.7428 0:04.6060
24 56 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Maximilian Buhk Mercedes AMG GT GT3 APP 2:08.6740 0:05.5372
25 66 Daytona Sportscars B.Schoots
A.Macrow
Dodge Viper I 2:09.0312 0:05.8944
26 29 Haemokinisis/Trofeo Estate J.Manolios
D.Canto
Lamborghini Huracan APA 2:09.1481 0:06.0113
27 23 Team Carrera Cup Asia P.Tresidder
C.van der Drift
Porsche 991 B 2:09.8960 0:06.7592
28 8 WM Waste Max Twigg Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 2:10.2184 0:07.0816
29 6 Safe-T-Stop R.Gartner
J.Bowe
Lamborghini Gallardo AAM 2:10.4997 0:07.3629
30 69 Supabarn T.Koundouris
A.Walsh
Audi R8 LMS AAM 2:10.7487 0:07.6119
31 4 Grove Group S.Grove
B.Barker
Porsche GT3 Cup B 2:11.3228 0:08.1860
32 95 Eastgate Engineering G.Taunton
B.Fullwood
MARC Focus V8 I 2:12.7579 0:09.6211
33 82 “Bolt Masters, Castrol” Andrew Bagnall Audi R8 LMS APA 2:12.8627 0:09.7259
34 65 Daytona Sportscars Rhys Howell Daytona Coupe I 2:13.3973 0:10.2605
35 93 MARC Cars Australia Garry Jacobson MARC Mazda V8 I 2:14.8256 0:11.6888
36 85 Paul Reed Smith Guitars C.Espenlaub
J.Foster
Porsche 911GT3-Cup B 2:15.0424 0:11.9056
37 96 GAP Solutions / SEKTOR P.Major
J.Love
MARC Focus V8 I 2:15.2024 0:12.0656
38 91 MARC Cars Australia Rod Salmon MARC II V8 I 2:16.3371 0:13.2003
39 94 MARC Cars Australia R.Thomson
D.Ridge
MARC Mazda V8 I 2:16.5168 0:13.3800
40 46 Prosport Performance GABH Marco Schelp Porsche Cayman PRO4 C 2:16.6404 0:13.5036
41 21 The Porsche Broker D.Stutterd
A.Fawcet
Porsche 911 B 2:17.1607 0:14.0239
42 54 MARC Cars Australia K.Alford
C.Parrish
MARC II V8 I 2:17.5306 0:14.3938
43 77 Ginetta Australia M.Simpson
C.Cowham
L.Kearns
Ginetta G55 C 2:19.5261 0:16.3893
44 15 Trymax Mowing Systems K.Baigent
A.Blewett
BMW M4 GT4 C 2:20.0488 0:16.9120
45 30 Boat Works M.Brabham
T.Longhurst
BMW M4 C 2:20.6336 0:17.4968
46 44 BP Ultimate D.Grant
X.West
BMW M4 GT4 C 2:25.6467 0:22.5099
47 13 JET Battery Services Daren Jorgensen BMW M4 GT4 C 2:26.7099 0:23.5731
48 49 Interlloy G.Wood
C.Hill
KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:26.7575 0:23.6207
49 48 Interlloy David Crampton KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:30.4035 0:27.2667
50 40 On Track Motorsport Garry Mennell Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:50.5647 0:47.4279

View Speedcafe.com’s comprehensive Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Form Guide, presented by our platinum partner Mercedes-Benz.

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