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Audi GT3 laps Bathurst in less than two minutes

Daniel Herrero

Friday 16th November, 2018 - 5:06pm

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The lap record as displayed on the Bathurst ‘totem pole’

Christopher Mies has set a new Mount Panorama outright lap record of under two minutes in an unrestricted Audi R8 GT3.

The German ace clocked a 1:59.2910s during the Supersprint component of the Challenge Bathurst event, which Jamec Pem Racing and a host of other teams were using as a test ahead of February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

While the lap time was recorded without the normal competition restrictions which would apply to the car, it will stand as the official lap record due to being set in sprint conditions in a CAMS speed event.

Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia boss Troy Russell told Speedcafe.com that the crew had decided at an attempt to break the record after completing their 12 Hour preparation program.

“We’ve had a pretty successful day,” mused Russell.

“To be fair it was unrestricted; we need to make that public, we don’t want people thinking that we’ve got the rocketship ready for the 12 Hour.

“Obviously, the rest of the weekend we were here testing, getting ready for 12 Hour, and achieved everything we needed to achieve.

“We took the restrictors out and some weight out, so basically took the BOP out, and had a crack at the outright record.”

Shane van Gisbergen had held the Mount Panorama race lap record of 2:01.5670s set during the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour.

The 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour takes place from January 31-February 3.

The Audi in which Mies set the time

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