Bentley fastest in final practice for Bathurst 12 Hour

The #107 Bentley Team M-Sport Continental GT3

Bentley Team M-Sport has set the pace in the fifth and final practice session for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour courtesy of Jules Gounon.

The Frenchman lapped Mount Panorama in a best time of 2:03.0801s to put the #107 Continental GT3 ahead of the two Audi Sport Team Valvoline entries, while Chaz Mostert was fourth-fastest in the BMW Team Schnitzer M6.

Shane van Gisbergen brought the Team Vodafone Mercedes-AMG up to eighth with the chequered flag out, after Car #888 spent much of the hour-long session sitting around 20th position.

The #107 Bentley had been 13th when Gounon reeled out the fastest lap of the session at the start of the final quarter-hour, which was 0.3135s better than Christopher Haase’s previous benchmark which had stood since the 24th minute.

Steven Kane threatened to go even better when he hopped into the big Bentley to finish the session, setting the fastest first sector but ultimately not improving.

Haase had got proceedings underway with the quickest initial flyer at 2:05.0049s in the #2 R8, which stood for around 10 minutes.

Kelvin van der Linde set the third-fastest lap of the morning at just 0.0142s slower than Haase’s best, the South African improving Car #22’s position in the last 15 minutes.

Neither of the two BMW M6s in the field had threatened for the first 40 minutes until Mostert put Car #42 into fourth position with a 2:03.4602s with just over five minutes remaining.

The #912 Porsche 911 GT3 R ended up fifth-fastest thanks to an early pace-setter from Matt Campbell, who logged a 2:03.4624s in the 12th minute which put the EBM entry first at the time.

KCMG’s #18 Nissan GT-R took up sixth, from the #62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage and the #888 Mercedes-AMG.

Andy Soucek was a late mover in the #108 Bentley, which ended up ninth-fastest, while Tim Slade rounded out the top 10 in the #27 HubAuto Corsa Ferrari 488.

GruppeM’s #999 Mercedes-AMG held top spot for a brief moment, between Haase’s first effort and Campbell’s stint.

Maxi Goetz improved on that early flyer from Raffaele Marciello, before the bright yellow AMG was ultimately shuffled back to 11th, one position ahead of the leading Pro-Am entry in the former of the Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, with Kevin Estre behind the wheel.

The session wasn’t without interruption as a red flag was called with just over 20 minutes remaining after an incident at The Chase between the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 and the #50 KTM X-Bow.

Paul Dalla Lana in the Ferrari was closing on David Crampton in the KTM, resulting in side-to-side contact at the turn off Conrod Straight which sent the latter through the infield gravel trap.

The KTM spun on its way through the gravel, resulting in a jarring impact with the backside of the left-hander’s inside kerb before Crampton came to rest on the race track, causing Steve Owen to take to the grass to avoid contact in the #20 MARC II.

Both Crampton and Dalla Lana have been summoned to see the stewards after practice, while the session restarted just over 10 minutes later with no net time loss.

Walkenhorst’s BMW M6 spent around half the session in the garage as the crew worked on an oil pump problem in Car #34, before Nicky Catsburg was let back out on track to set a time good enough for 21st position.

Qualifying 1, for all cars, is scheduled for 1120 local time/AEDT and will run for 45 minutes.

Results: Practice 5

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 107 Bentley Team M-Sport S.Kane/J.Gounon/J.Pepper Bentley Continental PP 2:03.0801
2 2 Audi Sport Team Valvoline C.Mies/C.Haase/M.Winkelhock Audi R8 LMS PP 2:03.3936 0:00.3135
3 22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline K.van der Linde/G.Tander/F.Vervisch Audi R8 LMS PP 2:03.4078 0:00.3277
4 42 BMW M Motorsport A.Farfus/C.Mostert/M.Tomczyk BMW M6 GT3 PP 2:03.4602 0:00.3801
5 912 EBM D.Werner/D.Olsen/M.Campbell Porsche 911 GT3-R PP 2:03.4624 0:00.3823
6 18 KC Motorgroup LTD A.Imperatori/E.Liberati Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 PP 2:03.4871 0:00.4070
7 62 R-Motorsport J.Dennis/M.Vaxiviere/M.Kirchhoefer Aston Martin Vantage PP 2:03.5185 0:00.4384
8 888 Mercedes-AMG Team Vodafone C.Lowndes/J.Whincup/S.van Gisbergen Mercedes AMG GT GT3 PP 2:03.7728 0:00.6927
9 108 Bentley Team M-Sport A.Soucek/M.Soulet/V.Abril Bentley Continental PP 2:03.9284 0:00.8483
10 27 HubAuto Corsa N.Foster/T.Slade Ferrari 488 GT3 PP 2:03.9484 0:00.8683
11 999 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Raci M.Buhk/R.Marciello/M.Goetz Mercedes AMG GT3 PP 2:03.9490 0:00.8689
12 35 KC Motorgroup LTD K.Chiyo/T.Matsuda/J.Burdon Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 PP 2:04.2589 0:01.1788
13 12 Ice Break – Virgin Australia D.Calvert-Jones/K.Estre/J.Evans Porsche GT3-R AP 2:04.2677 0:01.1876
14 760 R-Motorsport F.Kamelger/A.Baenziger/P.Leemhuis/M.Parry Aston Martin Vantage AP 2:04.2766 0:01.1965
15 29 Haemokinisis/ Trofeo Estate/ P J.Manolios/B.Porter/I.Capelli/D.Canto Lamborghini Huracan AP 2:04.3097 0:01.2296
16 911 EBM R.Dumas/S.Muller/M.Jaminet Porsche 911 GT3-R PP 2:04.3409 0:01.2608
17 51 Spirit of Race P.Dalla Lana/P.Lamy Ferrari 488 GT3 AP 2:04.4028 0:01.3227
18 19 Team Nineteen, Black Falcon M.Griffith/Y.Buurman/C.Nielsen Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:04.5190 0:01.4389
19 77 Team Craft Bamboo Black Falcon M.Engel/L.Stolz/G.Paffett Mercedes AMG GT3 PP 2:04.5940 0:01.5139
20 75 Sunenergy1 Racing K.Habul/D.Baumann/T.Jaeger Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:04.7334 0:01.6533
21 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport C.Krognes/N.Catsburg BMW M6 GT3 PP 2:04.8360 0:01.7559
22 98 Aussie Driver Search T.Hazelwood/R.Lago/D.Russell Audi R8 LMS AP 2:05.0404 0:01.9603
23 91 MARC Cars Australia K.Kassulke/P.Morris/A.De Pasquale MARC Car Marc II V8 I 2:05.5140 0:02.4339
24 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Y.Shahin/D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Mercedes AMG GT GT3 AP 2:05.7387 0:02.6586
25 11 Objective Racing W.Luff/A.Watson McLaren 650S AP 2:05.9744 0:02.8943
26 9 Melbourne Performance Centre M.Cini/L.Holdsworth/D.Fiore Audi R8 LMS AP 2:06.0277 0:02.9476
27 4 Grove Group S.Grove/B.Grove/B.Barker Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:06.9818 0:03.9017
28 6 Wall Racing A.Deitz/J.Westwood/C.McConville Lamborghini Huracan AP 2:07.6307 0:04.5506
29 43 The Furniture Broker D.Stutterd/S.Fillmore/R.Muscat Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:07.7640 0:04.6839
30 20 Localsearch A.Hargraves/S.Owen MARC Car Marc II V8 I 2:09.3590 0:06.2789
31 96 GAP Solutions / SEKTOR E.Thorsen/M.Bakker MARC Car Marc I I 2:13.6647 0:10.5846
32 92 AJC Portables/ Nana’s Naturals J.Busk/G.Taunton/D.O’Keeffe MARC Car Marc I I 2:14.8242 0:11.7441
33 23 Team Carrera Cup Asia P.Tresidder/J.Bao Porsche 911 GT3 Cup B 2:14.9527 0:11.8726
34 48 M Motorsport J.McMillan/G.Wood/D.Lillie/E.Barbour KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:19.4027 0:16.3226
35 71 Exedra Motorsport D.Koutsoumidis/J.Winslow KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:19.6060 0:16.5259
36 55 Ginetta Australia B.Schumacher/J.Vernon/A.Love Ginetta G55 GT4 C 2:20.1265 0:17.0464
37 13 JET Environmental D.Jorgensen/G.McLeod BMW M4 GT4 C 2:20.5994 0:17.5193
38 50 Vantage Freight David Crampton KTM X-Bow GT4 C 2:26.7187 0:23.6386

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