Audi fastest in Bathurst 12 Hour Practice 3

Christopher Mies went fastest in the Audi Sport Team Valvoline entry

Audi moved to the top of the timing sheets as times began to tumble in third practice at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Factory driver Christopher Mies, who holds the Mount Panorama lap record, clocked a 2:04.51s effort in the final quarter of the 60 minute session. 

The lap was more than a second slower than the pace set in the corresponding session last year. 

Mies, sharing the #2 entry with Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock, was some 0.2s faster than nearest rivals Bentley Motorsport, thanks to Andy Soucek in the #108 Continental GT3.

Despite being involved in a crash in Practice 2, the repaired Triple Eight Team Vodafone Mercedes-AMG ended up third fastest courtesy of Jamie Whincup.

Adam Hargreaves’ MARC II Mustang

Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen were both used in the session. 

The GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG was fourth with Maximilian Buhk setting the pace in the #999 entry.

Ferrari were represented in the top five thanks to HubAuto Corsa as Nick Foster set the pace. 

The only other Ferrari in the field was absent from the session as the Spirit of Race team continue to repair the car after being involved in a crash during Practice 2.

R-Motorsport (Aston Martin) occupied sixth ahead of the #77 Craft Bamboo Mercedes-AMG.

The sister #107 Bentley Motorsport Continental GT3 was eighth while the top 10 was completed by the #18 KCMG Nissan GTR GT3 and the #98 Aussie Driver Search Audi. 

Practice 3 was briefly halted at the halfway point when the MARC II Mustang driven by Adam Hargraves stopped at Skyline with damage.

The field, which was down to 37 cars in Practice 3, will return to the track for Practice 4 scheduled for 1515 local time.  

Results: Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Practice 3

Pos Car Team Driver Car Class Fastest Lap Gap
1 2 Audi Sport Team Valvoline C.Mies/C.Haase/M.Winkelhock Audi R8 LMS PP 2:04.514
2 108 Bentley Team M-Sport A.Soucek/M.Soulet Bentley Continental PP 2:04.728 00.214
3 888 Mercedes-AMG Team Vodafone J.Whincup/S.van Gisbergen Mercedes AMG GT GT3 PP 2:04.764 00.250
4 999 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing M.Buhk/M.Goetz Mercedes AMG GT3 PP 2:04.774 00.260
5 27 HubAuto Corsa N.Foster/N.Percat Ferrari 488 GT3 PP 2:04.843 00.329
6 62 Aston Martin St. Gallen, B&O J.Dennis/M.Vaxiviere/M.Kirchhoefer Aston Martin Vantage PP 2:04.865 00.351
7 77 Team Craft Bamboo Black Falcon L.Stolz/G.Paffett Mercedes AMG GT3 PP 2:04.912 00.399
8 107 Bentley Team M-Sport J.Gounon/J.Pepper Bentley Continental PP 2:04.961 00.448
9 18 KC Motorgroup LTD A.Imperatori/O.Jarvis Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 PP 2:05.092 00.578
10 98 Aussie Driver Search T.Hazelwood/R.Lago Audi R8 LMS AP 2:05.117 00.603
11 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport C.Krognes/N.Catsburg/M.Jensen BMW M6 GT3 PP 2:05.155 00.641
12 22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline G.Tander/F.Vervisch Audi R8 LMS PP 2:05.179 00.665
13 35 KC Motorgroup LTD K.Chiyo/T.Matsuda/J.Burdon Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 PP 2:05.375 00.861
14 911 EBM S.Muller/M.Jaminet Porsche 911 GT3-R PP 2:05.391 00.877
15 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Y.Shahin/L.Youlden Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:05.522 01.008
16 42 BMW M Motorsport C.Mostert/M.Tomczyk BMW M6 GT3 PP 2:05.536 01.022
17 9 Melbourne Performance Centre M.Cini/L.Holdsworth Audi R8 LMS AP 2:05.722 01.209
18 29 Haemokinisis/ Trofeo Estate/Pirelli B.Porter/I.Capelli/D.Canto Lamborghini Huracan AP 2:06.005 01.491
19 912 EBM D.Werner/D.Olsen Porsche 911 GT3-R PP 2:06.308 01.794
20 19 Team Nineteen, Black Falcon Y.Buurman/C.Nielsen Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:06.322 01.808
21 11 Objective Racing T.Walls/A.Watson McLaren 650s AP 2:06.437 01.923
22 12 Ice Break – Virgin Australia D.Calvert-Jones/J.Evans Porsche GT3-R AP 2:06.518 02.004
23 75 Sunenergy1 Racing D.Baumann/T.Jaeger Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:07.027 02.513
24 760 Aston Martin St. Gallen, B&O F.Kamelger/M.Parry Aston Martin Vantage PP 2:07.768 03.254
25 6 Wall Racing C.McConville/T.D’Alberto Lamborghini Huracan AP 2:07.813 03.299
26 4 Grove Group B.Grove/B.Barker Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:08.712 04.198
27 91 MARC Cars Australia K.Kassulke/P.Morris MARC Car Marc II V8 I 2:09.616 05.102
28 43 The Furniture Broker D.Stutterd/S.Fillmore Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:11.958 07.445
29 92 AJC Portables/ Nana’s Naturals J.Busk/D.O?Keeffe MARC Car Marc I I 2:12.826 08.313
30 23 Team Carrera Cup Asia P.Tresidder/P.Hamprecht Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:13.077 08.563
31 96 GAP Solutions / SEKTOR Mathijis Bakker (NLD) MARC Car Marc I I 2:16.041 11.527
32 20 Localsearch Adam Hargraves (AUS) MARC Car Marc II V8 I 2:16.342 11.828
33 48 M Motorsport G.Wood/D.Lillie KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:17.357 12.843
34 71 Exedra Motorsport J.Winslow/M.Beche KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:18.300 13.786
35 13 JET Environmental D.Jorgensen/B.Strom BMW M4 GT4 C 2:19.573 15.059
36 55 Ginetta Australia B.Schumacher/J.Vernon Ginetta G55 GT4 C 2:20.230 15.716
37 50 Vantage Freight T.Harrison/C.Wood KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:21.991 17.477

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