Lynton/Leahey dominate Bathurst 6 Hour

The Lynton/Leahey BMW M3

Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey have dominated the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour to win the event at a canter in their BMW M3.

The pair started on pole and held the lead at the start, moving out to a seemingly unassailable advantage of more than a lap which they held for much of the race.

Their success over Grant and Iain Sherrin in second came despite having to serve an additional compulsory pit stop after officials deemed their pole-sitting BMW was too fast after qualifying.

Such was Lynton and Leahey’s dominance, the pairing led every lap of the encounter, even allowing for their five compulsory pit stops.

Their cause was eased somewhat by the Sherrins having to serve a pit lane penalty early in the race, then electing to take a discretionary stop midway through proceedings to prevent the need for a splash and dash in the closing minutes.

A long stint towards the end of the race from Nathan Callaghan laid the foundation for the Cachet Homes Holden VF HSV’s run to third, the car shared with Chris Lillis and Matthew Holt.

Having shown strong form in practice and qualifying, Geoff and David Russell ended the race six laps clear of their nearest B Class competitors, and an impressive fourth overall in their BMW 135i.

The pair had run third in the latter stages of the race before being overhauled by Callaghan inside the final 30 minutes of the event.

Jake Camilleri stole top spot in a dramatic late Class C battle, the Hyundai i20 moving through at Griffins Bend with six minutes remaining.

It capped off a come back from Camilleri and co-drivers Charlie and Alfonso Senese after their car sustained heavy front end damage just minutes into opening practice on Friday, before being excluded from qualifying and starting the race from the back of the grid.

Former class leaders Rodney Stait and Jake Williams could do nothing more than trail home to take second in class in their BMW M3.

Aaron Cameron and Kyle Gurton combined to win Class D in a Toyota 86, with Class E initially going to Andrew McMaster, David Noble, and David Worrell in a Mazda 3 before a post race penalty handed the win to the Suzuki Swift Sport of Michael Hopp and Steve Pittman.

The race was largely incident free, with long stretches of green flag running interrupted by the Safety Car on only three occasions.

It saw the distance record for the race, which previous stood at 125 laps, fall with the top seven finishers all bettering the previous marker.

Result: Bathurst 6 Hour, Race

Pos Num Team Driver Car Class Laps Race time
1 23 Bruce Lynton Bodyshop B.Lynton/T.Leahey BMW M3 F80LCI Compet A1 131 6:01:13.6680
2 1 Sherrin Rentals G.Sherrin/I.Sherrin BMW M4 F82 A1 130 6:02:24.9470
3 64 Jack Motorsport C.Lillis/N.Callaghan/M.Holt Holden VF HSV R8 Clu A2 128 6:01:32.3860
4 21 Aussie Wide Builders D.Russell/G.Russell BMW 135i E82 B 128 6:01:42.9010
5 14 F1 Armchair Experts P.Loiacono/D.Holzl Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 128 6:03:15.8770
6 12 Brad Woods B.Woods/H.Morrall BMW M Coupe 1 Series A1 127 6:02:46.1700
7 25 Secure Wealth Advisers S.Hodges/J.Ojeda/I.Salteri BMW M135i Hatch F20 A1 126 6:01:17.4350
8 19 Garage 1 A.Gilbertson/A.Mill BMW M3 E92 A2 123 6:01:16.8510
9 48 ASAP Marketing S.Gore/K.Bensley BMW 135i E82 B 122 6:01:48.4040
10 18 Gramur Stainless G.Muir/J.Hodgson Holden VE HSV GTS A2 122 6:02:47.0840
11 8 N-Gen-Racing C.Senese/A.Senese/J.Camilleri Hyundai I30N C 121 6:01:15.6300
12 89 Pinnacle Automotove, Rods Pool J.Williams/R.Stait BMW M3 E36 3.0L C 121 6:01:27.3900
13 95 Aaron Cameron Racing A.Cameron/K.Gurton/C.Murray Toyota 86 GT ZN SER D 121 6:02:56.6870
14 7 N-Gen-Racing F.Mammarella/K.Olsen/S.Green Hyundai I30N C 120 6:02:10.6570
15 20 ozEtees, Gold Coast Embroidery P.Lacey/R.Lacey/M.Mravicic Volkswagen Scirocco C 118 6:01:20.8840
16 86 The 86 Shop M.James/T.Rolley/A.Wilton Toyota 86 GT ZN SER D 118 6:02:58.2680
17 66 Nova Employment, FullGas Racin D.Agathos/M.Boylan Subaru Impreza WRX S A1 116 6:01:45.3690
18 34 Traffic Control Innovations C.Manly/L.Medhurst BMW 130i E87 C 116 6:03:05.8960
19 87 Free Spirit Tattoo J.Goldsbrough/G.Driscoll/J.White BMW 130i E87 C 115 6:03:42.5880
20 73 Race Academy International J.Elliott/S.Varney/M.Caine Holden VE SSV-Redlin B 113 6:01:51.9640
21 5 HARE Engineering M.Hopp/S.Pittman Suzuki Swift Sport E E 113 6:03:56.2070
22 30 ADPV Workplace Drone Solutions J.Simes/B.Walsh BMW M3 E36 3.2L B 112 6:02:37.1490
23 11 Completion Products M.Dowsett/G.Dowsett/D.Rizzo Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER D 111 6:01:43.3400
24 2 Andrew McMaster A.McMaster/D.Noble/D.Worrell Mazda 3 SP25 BL Seri E 110 6:01:24.0420
25 50 MWM Racing J.Keene/M.Thewlis/R.Luff Volkswagen Golf R Se B 109 6:03:44.4500
26 51 Wahlstrom Private Wealth, Sign A.Turner/C.Holdt/R.Donaldson Mazda 3 SP23 BK Seri E 107 6:01:57.1490
27 35 OccSafe Australia, Cox Claims R.Shaw/L.O’Hara/D.Cox Mazda RX-8 RX8A C 99 6:02:35.8730
28 33 McLaurin Motorsport H.Gray/J.Vernon Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER D 75 6:02:07.7720
29 69 Krincorp Racing, Timkin J.Krinelos/T.Virag/J.Bowe Holden VF MY14-HSV G A1 63 6:01:40.9310
30 41 Solo-Werks, Tegra, Purple Sect L.Mineeff/T.Sargent Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER D 52 6:03:21.3840
DNF 40 Cox Automotive J.Cox/G.Cox/D.Smith Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 96 4:34:41.0830
DNF 68 Hi-Tec Oils, Royal Medical D.Thomas/K.Austin Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 91 4:34:10.0190
DNF 53 Muscat Trailers, ROC Hydraulic R.Coulthard/T.Symonds Holden VY CSV Monaro A2 71 4:23:53.5810
DNF 67 JMG Racing/Bilstein J.Gray/A.Miedecke Ford FGII GT-F A1 67 3:20:52.4770
DNF 44 Nolan Finishes Professional Pa D.Clift/A.Heffernan/W.Clift Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clu A2 66 3:19:39.9090
DNF 55 Prime Finance, Goodyear, Fifth D.Flanagan/M.Malouf Holden VY2-HSV GTS A2 58 5:33:30.6290
DNF 56 Kelso Electrical M.Griffith/B.Shiels Subaru Impreza WRX S A1 53 2:37:25.4000
DNF 47 Online Hire D.Baker/B.Callaghan Honda Integra Type R D 50 2:34:23.0320
DNF 77 Yellowspeed, MX5 Mania J.Winter/Z.Raddatz Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 44 2:16:15.1950
DNF 45 HPS Transport, Airtag M.Auld/R.Bloomfield Mercedes-Benz A45 AM A1 37 1:46:53.8650
DNF 92 Allworth Homes Stephen Thompson Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 24 1:08:49.7620
DNF 72 Atlas Motorsport, Luce Teas C.Gleeson/K.Macready Subaru Impreza WRX G B 24 3:39:12.6160
DNF 15 Race for a Cure, Breast Cancer Garth Walden Mitsubishi Lancer EV A1 17 48:50.1860
DNF 4 Property Investment Store Anthony Soole BMW M4 F82 A1 15 43:57.6720

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