Audi claims Bathurst 12Hr after late red flag 

Tom Howard

Sunday 4th February, 2018 - 6:03pm

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Audi Sport Team WRT won the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Audi Sport Team WRT has won the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in unusual circumstances after officials suspended and then declared the race following a huge crash.

Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor took the victory following a brief red flag suspension after a three-car shunt involving the #95 MARC Car entry (Bryce Fullwood), #69 Audi driven by Ash Walsh and the #19 Mercedes-AMG of John Martin.

Organisers showed the red flags with 12 minutes left in the clock.

Fullwood and Walsh slammed into the wall at McPhillamy Park in what was a big impact.

However, worse was to follow as Martin then swiped into the passenger side of Walsh’s Audi.

The trio of drivers involved have been extracted from their cars and are in the circuit medical centre.

The aftermath of the race ending shunt involving Ash Walsh

SunEnergy1 Racing finished second with Jamie Whincup at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG he shared with Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul and Raffaele Marciello.

The podium was completed by Black Swan Racing Porsche of Marc Lieb, Luca Stolz, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas.

The quartet also took out the Class A Pro-Am class.

The entry had been largely out of contention until emerging as one of eight cars on the lead lap in the final three hours.

Competition Motorsports was classified fourth courtesy of an impressive drive throughout from Matt Campbell, Alex Davison, Patrick Long and David Calvert -Jones.

Craft Bamboo Racing took fifth despite being caught up in a three-car clash with BMW Team Schnitzer and Bentley Team M-Sport.

Manthey Racing secured sixth while #55 Strakka Racing was the last car on the lead lap in seventh.

While the car was caught up in a race ending crash, the #69 Audi of Walsh, James Koundouris, Theo Koundouris and Duvashen Padayachee won the Am class after results were backdated a lap due to the red flag.

With an hour remaining several of the leading contenders were in fuel save mode prior to the stoppage.

The final three hours saw several contenders fall following a chain of events.

BMW Team Schnitzer had led the early stages of the race and was lying fifth with Chaz Mostert at the wheel when it was involved in a multi-car clash with the #17 Bentley and the Craft Bamboo Racing Porsche.

Mostert attempted to pass both the Bentley and the Porsche for third at Forrest’s Elbow after closing in on the pair that had caught traffic over the mountain.

Contact between the Kevin Estre Porsche and the BMW occurred which then triggered a further collision with the Bentley (Steven Kane), which speared across the track into the #42 Class B Porsche.

The incident, which caused a Safety Car, forced Mostert out of the race while the Kane driven Bentley lost six laps in the pits.

Estre emerged relatively unscathed and remained in the hunt.

There was also a heartbreak for the race leaders as the race ticked towards its final hour.

Markus Winkelhock in the #74 Audi stopped at the top of The Cutting with a transmission problem which saw the lead handed to Manthey Racing of Frederic Makowiecki.

Grove Racing took out Class B from Wall Racing while The Boat Works BMW M4 GT4 of Tony Longhurst, Matthew Brabham and Aaron Seton secured Class C.

The Invitational Class was claimed by the #91 MARC Gen 2 of Will Brown, Rod Salmon and Keith Kassulke.

Race results: 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Pos Num Team Drivers Car Class Laps Race time
1 37 Audi Sport Team WRT R.Frijns
S.Leonard
D.Vanthoor
Audi R8 LMS APP 271 11:38:04.1333
2 75 Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 K.Habul
T.Vautier
J.Whincup
R.Marciello
Mercedes AMG GT3 APP 271 11:38:05.6702
3 540 Boston Athletic Club T.Pappas
J.Bleekemolen
L.Stolz
M.Lieb
Porsche 911 GT3 R APA 271 11:38:34.7932
4 12 Ice Break & Virgin Australia D.Calvert-Jones
P.Long
M.Campbell
A.Davison
Porsche 991 GT3R APA 271 11:38:36.1932
5 991 EuroMechanica L.Vanthoor
K.Estre
E.Bamber
Porsche 911 GT3 R APP 271 11:39:01.6989
6 911 Manthey-Racing R.Dumas
F.Makowiecki
D.Werner
Porsche 911 APP 271 11:39:24.4173
7 55 Strakka Racing N.Leventis
L.Williamson
C.Waters
D.Fumanelli
Mercedes AMG GT GT3 APA 271 11:39:34.0709
8 29 Haemokinisis/Trofeo Estate J.Manolios
R.Millier
I.Capelli
D.Canto
Lamborghini Huracan APA 270 11:38:32.8277
9 100 Laser Plumbing and Electrical S.Richards
T.Glock
P.Eng
BMW M6 GT3 APP 270 11:38:33.1670
10 69 Supabarn J.Koundouris
T.Koundouris
A.Walsh
D.Padayachee
Audi R8 LMS AAM 269 11:38:05.9573
11 47 YNA Autosport S.McLaughlin
F.Ross
A.Watson
A.West
McLaren 650S GT3 APA 269 11:38:27.6082
12 8 WM Waste M.Twigg
C.Baird
T.D’Alberto
Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 268 11:38:09.9268
13 32 JBS Australia R.Lago
D.Russell
S.Owen
Lamborghini Gallardo APA 267 11:38:10.9422
14 39 Audi Sport Team WRT P.Lamy
P.Dalla Lana
M.Lauda
W.Davison
Audi R8 LMS APA 267 11:39:09.5677
15 19 Daimler Trucks Brisbane D.Reynolds
J.Martin
L.Talbot
M.Griffith
Mercedes GT APA 266 11:38:17.2790
16 17 Bentley Team M-Sport S.Kane
G.Smith
J.Gounon
Bentley Continental APP 265 11:39:46.4625
17 4 Grove Group S.Grove
B.Grove
B.Barker
D.Gaunt
Porsche GT3 Cup B 260 11:40:14.0463
18 91 MARC Cars Australia K.Kassulke
R.Salmon
W.Brown
MARC II V8 I 258 11:38:19.2475
19 85 Paul Reed Smith Guitars C.Putman
C.Espenlaub
J.Foster
Porsche 911GT3-Cup B 257 11:39:54.7110
20 21 The Porsche Broker D.Stutterd
S.Fillmore
A.Fawcet
Porsche 911 B 256 11:38:05.7536
21 6 Safe-T-Stop R.Gartner
H.Morrall
D.Wall
J.Bowe
Lamborghini Gallardo AAM 256 11:39:16.4525
22 30 Boat Works A.Seton
M.Brabham
T.Longhurst
BMW M4 C 250 11:39:35.0533
23 77 Ginetta Australia M.Simpson
C.Cowham
L.Kearns
Ginetta G55 C 246 11:39:18.9141
24 49 Interlloy G.Wood
T.Harrison
C.Hill
KTM X-Bow GT4 C 245 11:39:03.2887
25 93 MARC Cars Australia G.Denyer
T.Everingham
G.Jacobson
MARC Mazda V8 I 244 11:38:07.8974
26 33 MARC Cars Australia R.Thomson
Z.Goddard
D.Ridge
MARC Mazda V8 I 243 11:40:15.1403
27 22 Valvoline / Jamecpem G.Tander
K.van der Linde
F.Vervisch
Audi R8 LMS APP 241 11:39:32.5420
28 56 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka M.Buhk
M.Gotz
A.Parente
Mercedes AMG GT GT3 APP 237 11:40:02.2722
29 13 JET Battery Services D.Jorgensen
C.Lawrence
B.Strom
K.Wittmer
BMW M4 GT4 C 188 11:39:13.1598
30 44 BP Ultimate D.Grant
X.West
C.Hill
BMW M4 GT4 C 162 11:40:19.0554
31 66 Daytona Sportscars B.Schoots
A.Macrow
M.Caine
Dodge Viper I 162 11:45:32.5216
32 65 Daytona Sportscars J.Augustine
D.Thomas
R.Howell
Daytona Coupe I 145 11:39:29.5008
DNF 95 Eastgate Engineering G.Taunton
J.Busk
B.Fullwood
MARC Focus V8 I 244 11:38:02.0658
DNF 74 Valvoline Jamecpem C.Mies
C.Haase
M.Winkelhock
Audi R8 LMS APP 238 10:21:21.1119
DNF 777 The Bend Y.Shahin
L.Youlden
T.Enge
Lamborghini Gallardo APA 219 11:08:56.3430
DNF 43 BMW M Power A.Farfus
C.Mostert
M.Wittmann
BMW M6 GT3 APP 217 09:24:05.6345
DNF 40 On Track Motorsport G.Mennell
K.Booker
A.Zerefos
M.Caine
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 193 09:20:51.2004
DNF 88 Ginetta Australia W.Tregurtha
J.Robson
B.Walsh
Ginetta G55 C 133 06:40:55.2362
DNF 54 MARC Cars Australia P.Morris
K.Alford
C.Parrish
MARC II V8 I 123 06:15:18.9044
DNF 58 YNA Autosport S.van Gisbergen
C.Lowndes
C.Ledogar
McLaren 650S GT3 APP 119 05:32:27.2539
DNF 67 Gotzinger Smallgoods M.Haber
J.Camilleri
A.Cameron
MARC II V8 I 87 06:08:34.5809
DNF 46 Prosport Performance GABH J.Viebahn
M.Schelp
M.Braams
Porsche Cayman PRO4 C 84 04:38:41.5393
DNF 23 Team Carrera Cup Asia P.Tresidder
C.van der Drift
A.Tang
C.Yi-Fan
Porsche 991 B 82 05:11:09.9064
DNF 3 Audi Sport Customer Racing A.Samadi
D.O’Keeffe
D.Gaunt
Audi R8 LMS AAM 66 03:08:25.4888
DNF 18 Bentley Team M-Sport M.Soulet
V.Abril
Bentley Continental APP 58 03:53:54.1022
DNF 82 “Bolt Masters, Castrol” A.Bagnall
M.Halliday
Audi R8 LMS APA 41 01:46:54.1884
DNF 9 Hallmarc M.Cini
D.Fiore
Audi R8 LMS APA 41 01:46:58.8375
DNF 48 Interlloy J.McMillan
D.Crampton
KTM X-Bow GT4 C 31 01:26:44.6735
DNF 96 GAP Solutions / SEKTOR Jon Goodacre MARC Focus V8 I

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