Lynton/Leahey dominate Bathurst 6 Hour
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
|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|
|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|
|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|