Lauda Ferrari tops opening Bathurst practice 

The Spirit of Race Ferrari of Mathias Lauda

The Spirit of Race Ferrari piloted by Mathias Lauda topped the opening session at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Lauda, son of Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, clocked a 2:06.86 late in the hit out to put the Ferrari 488 GT3, he shares with Paul Dalla Lana and ex-F1 driver Pedro Lamy to the top of the times.  

The session, held in bright and breezy conditions, saw 28 of the 40 cars log times with the outing excluding Platinum and Gold FIA rated drivers, ensuring the majority of the pro runners remained in the garage. 

Australian Josh Burdon, who had topped the times until late on, was only 0.07s shy of the Ferrari in the #35 KCMG Nissan Nismo GTR GT3. 

Third belonged to the #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes AMG-GT3 piloted by ex-pat Aussie Kenny Habul, who emerged fastest in the early stages. 

Yasser Shahin was fourth in the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-AMG ahead of the Class I #91 entry thanks to Erebus Motorsport Supercars driver Anton De Pasquale.      

The Class B Ash Seward Motorsport Porsche occupied sixth in front the Competition Motorsport Porsche driven by David Calvert-Jones.

The top 10 was completed by the Objective Racing McLaren (Tony Walls), Aussie Driver Search Audi (Roger Lago) and the KCMG Nissan (Edoardo Liberati).       

Practice 2 was due to begin at 0920 local time although an incident with the #3 Audi of Pete Storey delayed proceedings by 15 minutes. 

Results Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Practice 1

1   51  Spirit of Race                Mathias Lauda (AUT)     Ferrari 488 GT3      2:06.8627*
2   35  KC Motorgroup LTD             Joshua Burdon (AUS)     Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 2:06.9347  00.0720
3   75  Sunenergy1 Racing             Kenny Habul (USA)       Mercedes AMG GT GT3  2:07.2406  00.3779
4  777  The Bend Motorsport Park      Yasser Shahin (AUS)     Mercedes AMG GT GT3  2:08.0403  01.1776
5   91  MARC Cars Australia           P.Tracy/A.de Pasquale   MARC Car Marc II V8  2:08.1040  01.2413
6   43  The Furniture Broker          Richard Muscat (AUS)    Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2:08.5664  01.7037
7   12  Ice Break – Virgin Australia  David Calvert-Jones USA Porsche GT3-R        2:08.7770  01.9143
8   11  Objective Racing              Tony Walls (AUS)        McLaren 650s         2:08.8231  01.9604
9   98  Aussie Driver Search          Roger Lago (AUS)        Audi R8 LMS          2:09.2292  02.3665
10  18  KC Motorgroup LTD             Edoardo Liberati (ITA)  Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 2:09.7190  02.8563
11   6  Wall Racing                   Julian Westwood (GBR)   Lamborghini Huracan  2:10.4306  03.5679
12 540  Black Swan Racing             Tim Pappas (USA)        Porsche 911 GT3-R    2:12.1187  05.2560
13   4  Grove Group                   Stephen Grove (AUS)     Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2:12.5354  05.6727
14   3  Melbourne Performance Centre  Pete Storey (GBR)       Audi R8 LMS          2:12.6434  05.7807
15   9  Melbourne Performance Centre  Marc Cini (AUS)         Audi R8 LMS          2:13.2436  06.3809
16  96  GAP Solutions / SEKTOR        Hadrian Morral (AUS)    MARC Car Marc I      2:13.5558  06.6931
17  19  “Team Nineteen, Black Falcon” Mark Griffith (AUS)     Mercedes AMG GT GT3  2:13.5686  06.7059
18 760  “Aston Martin St. Gallen, B&O F.Kamelger/A.Baenziger/P.Leemhuis Aston Martin Vantage 2:13.9426 07.0799
19 20  Localsearch                    Adam Hargraves (AUS)    MARC Car Marc II V8  2:15.2947 08.4320
20 29  Haemokinisis/ Trofeo Estate/ P Jim Manolios (AUS)      Lamborghini Huracan  2:15.4867 08.6240
21 34  Walkenhorst Motorsport         Mikkel Jensen (DEN)     BMW M6 GT3           2:18.1960 11.3333
22 55  Ginetta Australia              Karl Reindler (AUS)     Ginetta G55 GT4      2:18.3570 11.4943
23 13  JET Environmental              Brett Strom (USA)       BMW M4 GT4           2:19.6261 12.7634
24 48  M Motorsport                   Justin McMillan (AUS)   KTM X-Bow GT4        2:19.8130 12.9503
25 71  Exedra Motorsport              Dean Koutsoumidis (AUS) KTM X-Bow GT4        2:21.0492 14.1865
26 23  Team Carrera Cup Asia          Jinlong Bao (CHN)       Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2:21.5320 14.6693
27 92  AJC Portables/ Nana’s Naturals Jason Busk (AUS)        MARC Car Marc I      2:24.2113 17.3486
28 50  Vantage Freight                David Crampton (AUS)    KTM X-Bow GT4        2:31.1903 24.327

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