David Reynolds has gone fastest in Practice 3 for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour with the only ‘four’ of the session in an older-specification Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The SunEnergy1 entry which Reynolds piloted was one of four Mercs in the top five at the end of the 60-minute session after Shane van Gisbergen jumped 11 positions from 16th with the chequered flag out in the #888 Triple Eight Race Engineering entry.
Luca Stolz and Maro Engel were both quick in the rebuilt #77 Craft-Bamboo Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG, with the former setting a 2:05.1670s which had him within a quarter of a second of Reynolds’ 2:04.9312s all told.
Joao-Paulo de Oliveira was the odd man out with a third-best 2:05.2972s in the #18 KCMG Nissan, while Felipe Fraga earned fourth position in the #999 GruppeM Mercedes-AMG.
Christopher Haase was quickest early on with a 2:09.1204s on his first flyer in the #2 Valvoline Audi and a 2:06.2662s on his second.
Earl Bamber took over top spot in the 11th minute when he rolled out a 2:06.2633s in the #1 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche, before Dirk Werner took another Porsche in the form of the #912 Absolute Racing entry to third at just 0.1497s slower.
Engel had hit the wall due to a right-rear suspension failure in Car #77 in the preceding session but the German was immediately on the pace when he finally entered the track in Practice 3.
He jumped to the lead with a 2:05.3388s on Craft-Bamboo Black Falcon’s first lap of the session, almost a quarter of an hour in, and backed that up with a 2:05.6133s a handful of laps later.
There had been much other movement at the top of the timing screen between those two efforts, with Nick Foster (#777 Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG) clocking a 2:05.9630s, Matt Campbell (#911 Absolute Racing Porsche) a 2:05.7764s, and Werner a 2:05.8768s.
De Oliveira also snuck in a 2:05.2972s which put the sole running KCMG Nissan into first position, from the #77 Mercedes-AMG, the #911 and #912 Porsches, and the #777 Mercedes-AMG as the session moved from the first half-hour into the second.
The top end of town tightened further when Bamber laid down a 2:05.7588s to go third, then Fraga pipped him with a 2:05.4443s in the GruppeM Mercedes-AMG in the 38th minute.
Stolz established a new benchmark when he wheeled the #77 Mercedes-AMG to a 2:05.1670s in the 40th minute, before Reynolds clocked the session-best 2:04.9312s in the 49th minute.
Jamie Whincup and van Gisbergen shared the running in the #888 Mercedes-AMG, which drifted from the back end of the top 10 to the mid-teens until van Gisbergen put in the 2:05.5137s at the very end.
Their Triple Eight Supercars stablemate Craig Lowndes ended the session in the #1 EBM Porsche but it was Bamber’s effort just after the halfway mark which left it sixth on the timesheet.
Rounding out the top 10 in an uninterrupted session was the #911 Porsche, the #22 Valvoline Audi due to a late lap from Mirko Bortolotti, the #912 Porsche, and the #2 Audi.
Practice 4, another hour-long session, is scheduled for 15:05 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 3
|1||75||SunEnergy1 Racing||K.Habul/M.Konrad/D.Reynolds||Mercedes AMG GT3||PAM||2:04.9312|
|2||77||Mercedes-AMG Craft-Bamboo||M.Engel/L.Stolz/Y.Buurman||Mercedes AMG GT3||PRO||2:05.1670||0:00.2358|
|3||18||KCMG||J.De Oliveira/A.Imperatori||Nissan GTR Nismo GT||PRO||2:05.2972||0:00.3660|
|4||999||Mercedes-AMG GruppeM Racing||F.Fraga/M.Buhk/R.Marciello||Mercedes AMG GT3||PRO||2:05.4443||0:00.5131|
|5||888||Mercedes-AMG Team Triple Eight||S.van Gisbergen/J.Whincup||Mercedes AMG GT3||PRO||2:05.5137||0:00.5825|
|6||1||Earl Bamber Motorsport||E.Bamber/C.Lowndes||Porsche GT3 R||PRO||2:05.7588||0:00.8276|
|7||911||Absolute Racing||M.Jaminet/P.Pilet/M.Campbell||Porsche GT3 R||PRO||2:05.7764||0:00.8452|
|8||22||Audi Sport Team Valvoline||G.Tander/M.Bortolotti||Audi R8 – LMS GT3||PRO||2:05.8558||0:00.9246|
|9||912||Absolute Racing||D.Werner/M.Cairoli/T.Preining||Porsche GT3 R||PRO||2:05.8768||0:00.9456|
|10||2||Audi Sport Team Valvoline||C.Haase/F.Vervisch||Audi R8 – LMS GT3||PRO||2:05.8899||0:00.9587|
|11||27||Hub Auto Corsa||T.Slade/D.Serra||Ferrari 488 GT3||PRO||2:05.9101||0:00.9789|
|12||777||The Bend Motorsport Park||Y.Shahin/N.Foster/A.De Pasquale||Mercedes AMG GT3||PAM||2:05.9630||0:01.0318|
|13||46||Black Falcon||P.Assenheimer/S.Afanasiev/M.Beretta||Mercedes AMG GT3||SIL||2:06.0647||0:01.1335|
|14||7||Bentley Team M-Sport||Jules Gounon||Bentley Continental||PRO||2:06.1753||0:01.2441|
|15||12||NED Racing Team||D.Calvert-Jones/R.Dumas||Porsche GT3 R||PAM||2:06.1785||0:01.2473|
|16||222||Audi Sport Team Valvoline||M.Drudi/M.Winkelhock||Audi R8 – LMS GT3||PRO||2:06.3312||0:01.4000|
|17||63||Orange 1 FFF Racing Team||A.Caldarelli/D.Lind||Lamborghini Huracan||PRO||2:06.5502||0:01.6190|
|18||8||Bentley Team M-Sport||Alex Buncombe||Bentley Continental||PRO||2:06.7135||0:01.7823|
|19||59||59Racing||D.Storey/F.Ross||McLaren 720S GT3||SIL||2:06.8522||0:01.9210|
|20||60||59Racing/ EMA Racing||A.Parente/T.Blomqvist||McLaren 720S GT3||PRO||2:07.1790||0:02.2478|
|21||30||Honda Racing Team JAS||D.Cameron/R.van der Zande/M.Farnbacher||Acura/ Honda NSX GT3||PRO||2:07.3236||0:02.3924|
|22||34||Walkenhorst Motorsport||A.Farfus/C.Mostert||BMW M6 GT3||PRO||2:07.3557||0:02.4245|
|23||4||Team Australia Grove Racing||Stephen Grove||Porsche GT3 R||PAM||2:07.3599||0:02.4287|
|24||9||Hallmarc||M.Cini/D.Fiore||Audi R8 – LMS GT3||PAM||2:07.7590||0:02.8278|
|25||29||Trofeo Motorsport||L.Talbot/M.Zalloua||Lamborghini Huracan||SIL||2:07.7736||0:02.8424|
|26||76||R – Motorsport||J.Dennis/R.Kelly/S.Dixon||Aston Martin Vantage||PRO||2:07.9174||0:02.9862|
|27||188||Garage 59||A.West/M.Martin||Aston Martin Vantage||PAM||2:08.2901||0:03.3589|
|28||20||Local Search||A.Hargraves/D.Jilesen/S.Owen||MARC II||INV||2:08.5237||0:03.5925|
|29||91||Scandia Racer Industries||A.Cameron/B.Feeney||MARC II||INV||2:08.5454||0:03.6142|
|30||62||R – Motorsport||L.Ghiotto/O.Caldwell||Aston Martin Vantage||PRO||2:08.7662||0:03.8350|
|31||6||Wall Racing||A.Deitz/J.Westwood||Lamborghini Huracan||SIL||2:08.9067||0:03.9755|
|32||159||Garage 59||A.Watson/O.Hart/R.De Angelis||Aston Martin Vantage||SIL||2:08.9970||0:04.0658|
|33||95||MARC Cars Australia||G.Taunton/B.Hall/B.Schumacher||MARC II||INV||2:10.5810||0:05.6498|
|34||24||Bostik Australia||T.Bates/G.Emery/M.Twigg||Audi R8 – LMS GT3||SIL||2:10.9413||0:06.0101|
|35||92||Scandia Racer Industries||H.Morrall/J.Kaye||MARC II||INV||2:11.2913||0:06.3601|
|36||96||Hobson Motorsport||K.Kostecki/G.Walden||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT||SIL||2:11.7069||0:06.7757|
|37||13||JET Battery Services||D.Jorgensen/B.Strom||BMW M4 GT4||GT4||2:18.3848||0:13.4536|
|38||19||usedtrucks.com.au||M.Griffith/H.Newey||Mercedes AMG GT4||GT4||2:20.8805||0:15.9493|