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Red flag ends opening Bathurst 12 Hour practice

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Friday 31st January, 2020 - 9:38am

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A red flag has brought to an end the opening practice session at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour when Josh Burdon lost a wheel at the top of the Mountain.

Burdon had put the KCMG Nissan GT-R fastest earlier in the session before an incident at the top of the Mountain at Reid Park.

Red flags were shown and the session declared after 29 of the scheduled 30 minutes with a flat bed sent to retrieve the stricken Nissan.

The session was restricted to non-Gold or Platinum rated drivers, which saw the outright contenders keeping their powder dry.

Early times were slow, Brenton Grove banking a 2:10.3475s lap in the opening exchanges, which was promptly bettered by the KCMG Nissan driven by Burdon at 2:09.5628s.

Times continued to tumble, Yasser Shahin bringing progressively dropping the marker to 2:08.0426s a third of the way into the session.

Burdon shot back to the top of timing screens approaching half way through the session, the Australian banking a 2:06.5531s, chipping 1.5 seconds off the previous marker.

The session then plateaued, with times remaining largely stagnant at the top of the timesheets, though Adam Hargraves climbed to 11th overall in the Invitational Class #20 MARC II entry.

Quickest in GT4 was Harrison Newey, who improved on his final flying lap aboard the Mercedes-AMG GT4.

Elsewhere, R-Motorsport didn’t head out with a suspected driveshaft dramas kept Oli Caldwell in the garage.

Practice 2 continues at Mount Panorama, a 60-minute session open to all entries.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 35 KCMG Josh Burdon Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 PRO 2:06.5531
2 4 Team Australia Grove Racing Brenton Grove Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:07.7731 0:01.2200
3 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Yasser Shahin Mercedes AMG GT3 PAM 2:07.8290 0:01.2759
4 75 SunEnergy1 Racing K.Habul/M.Konrad Mercedes AMG GT3 PAM 2:08.2094 0:01.6563
5 6 Wall Racing A.Deitz/A.D’Alberto Lamborghini Huracan SIL 2:09.0080 0:02.4549
6 59 59Racing Dominic Storey McLaren 720S GT3 SIL 2:09.1364 0:02.5833
7 12 NED Racing Team D.Calvert-Jones/J.Evans Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:09.7166 0:03.1635
8 24 Bostik Australia G.Emery/D.O’Keeffe Audi R8 – LMS GT3 SIL 2:10.1629 0:03.6098
9 159 Garage 59 A.Watson/R.De Angelis Aston Martin Vantage SIL 2:10.1845 0:03.6314
10 27 Hub Auto Corsa Marcos Gomes Ferrari 488 GT3 PRO 2:10.9671 0:04.4140
11 20 Local Search Adam Hargraves MARC II INV 2:11.0929 0:04.5398
12 91 Scandia Racer Industries A.Cameron/B.Feeney MARC II INV 2:11.5234 0:04.9703
13 18 KCMG Edoardo Liberati Nissan GTR Nismo GT PRO 2:13.2218 0:06.6687
14 96 Hobson Motorsport Brett Hobson Nissan GT-R NISMO GT SIL 2:13.2767 0:06.7236
15 188 Garage 59 A.West/C.Goodwin Aston Martin Vantage PAM 2:13.7250 0:07.1719
16 9 Hallmarc Marc Cini Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PAM 2:14.4963 0:07.9432
17 95 MARC Cars Australia G.Taunton/B.Hall MARC II INV 2:15.0236 0:08.4705
18 29 Trofeo Motorsport Marcel Zalloua Lamborghini Huracan SIL 2:17.2547 0:10.7016
19 19 usedtrucks.com.au Harrison Newey Mercedes AMG GT4 GT4 2:17.6203 0:11.0672
20 13 JET Battery Services B.Strom/D.van Dongen BMW M4 GT4 GT4 2:19.4880 0:12.9349
21 46 Black Falcon P.Assenheimer/S.Afanasiev Mercedes AMG GT3 SIL 2:23.5533 0:17.0002
22 92 Scandia Racer Industries James Kaye MARC II INV 2:25.4724 0:18.9193

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