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Campbell takes provisional pole in bruising qualifying

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Saturday 1st February, 2020 - 3:16pm

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Matt Campbell has put the #911 Absolute Porsche on provisional pole for the Bathurst 12 Hour in a session which ended with Dean Canto parked on top of a wall.

Canto lost the rear of the #29 Trofeo Lamborghini off the crest at McPhillamy Park and pirouetted through the gravel trap before backing into the tyre wall.

The impact propelled the car into the air and onto the grass embankment before he came to rest on top of the wall near the marshals’ post.

Canto stepped out of the car but, as the incident occurred with a minute remaining in the half-hour Qualifying 2 session, the red flag effectively brought an end to proceedings.

The biggest crash of the session, however, belonged to Marvin Kirchhofer when he appeared to roll the #62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin in an incident set off when he touched the wall at Metal Grate.

Campbell set the pace with a 2:03.4336s in the second of two qualifying sessions, the decisive stanza for the Class A entries.

Car #911 had only been 15th when the Queenslander, who took the chequered flag first in last year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, punched out what would be the fastest lap of the session in the 22nd minute.

Maro Engel earned second for Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Black Falcon with a 2:03.5361s in the minute prior to the final red flag aboard Car #77.

He and Alvaro Parente had been among those who were early entrants in the ‘threes’ in Qualifying 2 and the latter finished third fastest on a 2:03.6021s in the #60 59Racing McLaren with an even later lap than Engel’s best.

Raffaele Marciello completed just the five laps in Qualifying 2 for Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM but the Italian’s first was a 2:03.7307s which had him second at that point and his second was a 2:03.6541s.

It had him in the lead prior to Campbell’s ultimate provisional pole lap and stood up for fourth position all told for the #999 Mercedes-AMG.

The #1 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche had been in the danger zone for missing this afternoon’s Pirelli Top 10 Shootout until Laurens Vanthoor, who took over from Craig Lowndes midway through Qualifying 1, put in a 2:03.6832s in the 28th minute that lifted him from ninth position and was good enough for fifth when the session ended.

Kelvin van der Linde had blazed to a 2:03.6858s straight off the bat and while he did not improve thereafter, it saw the #222 Valvoline Audi classified sixth in the final wash-up.

Joao Paulo de Oliveira was seventh on a 2:03.7150s in the #18 KCMG Nissan, ahead of Jake Dennis with a 2:03.7539s in the #76 R-Motorsport Aston Martin.

The #63 Orange1 FFF Lamborghini was outside the top 20 until Marco Mapelli recorded a 2:03.9407s in the 26th minute which put it a provisional ninth.

First out in the Shootout will be the #888 Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG after Shane van Gisbergen clocked a 2:03.9882s.

The New Zealander was the sixth driver to make the ‘threes’ and, as it turned out, that was the threshold for making the top 10.

Jules Gounon was first on the outside with a 2:04.1107s in the #7 Bentley Team M-Sport entry, having been bumped out of the Shootout by Dennis’ late effort.

Car #7 will share the sixth row with the #912 Absolute Porsche, while David Reynolds put the #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG 13th on the grid and Chaz Mostert qualified the #34 Walkenhorst BMW in 15th.

Splitting them is the #2 Valvoline Audi which Frederic Vervisch crashed when he too lost the rear end at McPhillamy Park in Qualifying 1.

Ironically, an even bigger crash involving Sam Shahin, Cameron McConville, and Tyler Everingham at the same location caused a red flag which gave the Audi crew time to repair #2 and send Vervisch back onto the circuit before the end of the session.

Dries Vanthoor was behind the wheel for Qualifying 2 and achieved a fastest lap of 2:04.2742s.

Also in Qualifying 1, for all classes, Nick Percat lost his fastest lap for going under the 2:05s limit for MARC II Cars but his next-best 2:05.5375s was still more than good enough for the Invitational Class pole.

Brett Strom was faster of the two GT4 drivers in Qualifying 1 with a 2:16.8128s in the #13 BMW M4, while Dirk Muller set a best of 2:17.4249s in the #19 Mercedes-AMG GT4.

The Top 10 Shootout starts this afternoon at 17:05 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying 2 Class A only

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 911 Absolute Racing Matt Campbell Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:03.4336
2 77 Mercedes-AMG Craft-Bamboo Maro Engel Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:03.5361 0:00.1025
3 60 59Racing/ EMA Racing Alvaro Parente McLaren 720S GT3 PRO 2:03.6021 0:00.1685
4 999 Mercedes-AMG GruppeM Racing Raffaele Marciello Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:03.6541 0:00.2205
5 1 Earl Bamber Motorsport Laurens Vanthoor Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:03.6832 0:00.2496
6 222 Audi Sport Team Valvoline Kelvin van der Linde Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:03.6858 0:00.2522
7 18 KCMG JP De Oliveira Nissan GTR Nismo GT PRO 2:03.7150 0:00.2814
8 76 R – Motorsport Jake Dennis Aston Martin Vantage PRO 2:03.7539 0:00.3203
9 63 Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Marco Mapelli Lamborghini Hurracan PRO 2:03.9407 0:00.5071
10 888 Mercedes-AMG Team Triple Eight Shane van Gisbergen Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:03.9882 0:00.5546
11 7 Bentley Team M-Sport Jules Gounon Bentley Continental PRO 2:04.1107 0:00.6771
12 912 Absolute Racing Matteo Cairoli Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:04.2267 0:00.7931
13 75 SunEnergy1 Racing David Reynolds Mercedes AMG GT3 PAM 2:04.2711 0:00.8375
14 2 Audi Sport Team Valvoline Dries Vanthoor Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:04.2742 0:00.8406
15 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport Chaz Mostert BMW M6 GT3 PRO 2:04.3096 0:00.8760
16 4 Team Australia Grove Racing Benjamin Barker Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:04.3591 0:00.9255
17 59 59Racing Dominic Storey McLaren 720S GT3 SIL 2:04.3883 0:00.9547
18 188 Garage 59 Come Ledogar Aston Martin Vantage PAM 2:04.4248 0:00.9912
19 22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline Chris Mies Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:04.5434 0:01.1098
20 159 Garage 59 Andrew Watson Aston Martin Vantage SIL 2:04.6088 0:01.1752
21 46 Black Falcon P.Assenheimer/M.Beretta Mercedes AMG GT3 SIL 2:04.6515 0:01.2179
22 9 Hallmarc Lee Holdsworth Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PAM 2:04.6804 0:01.2468
23 62 R – Motorsport Marvin Kirchhoefer Aston Martin Vantage PRO 2:04.7716 0:01.3380
24 30 Honda Racing Renger van der Zande Acura/ Honda NSX GT3 PRO 2:04.7948 0:01.3612
25 12 NED Racing Team Romain Dumas Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:05.3877 0:01.9541
26 29 Trofeo Motorsport Dean Canto Lamborghini Huracan SIL 2:05.4162 0:01.9826
27 6 Wall Racing Cameron McConville Lamborghini Hurracan SIL 2:05.5838 0:02.1502
28 24 Bostik Australia Dylan O’Keeffe Audi R8 – LMS GT3 SIL 2:05.9268 0:02.4932
29 96 Hobson Motorsport Kurt Kostecki Nissan GT-R NISMO GT SIL 2:07.2753 0:03.8417

Results: Qualifying 1 All classes

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Cls Fastest lap Split
1 999 Mercedes-AMG GruppeM Racing Raffaele Marciello Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:03.6431  
2 222 Audi Sport Team Valvoline K.van der Linde/M.Drudi Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:04.2743 0:00.6312
3 60 59Racing/ EMA Racing A.Parente/B.Barnicoat McLaren 720S GT3 PRO 2:04.3317 0:00.6886
4 63 Orange 1 FFF Racing Team Marco Mapelli Lamborghini Hurracan PRO 2:04.5295 0:00.8864
5 18 KCMG JP De Oliveira Nissan GTR Nismo GT PRO 2:04.5470 0:00.9039
6 62 R – Motorsport L.Ghiotto/M.Kirchhoefer Aston Martin Vantage PRO 2:04.7039 0:01.0608
7 59 59Racing Dominic Storey McLaren 720S GT3 SIL 2:04.7799 0:01.1368
8 34 Walkenhorst Motorsport A.Farfus/C.Mostert BMW M6 GT3 PRO 2:04.8082 0:01.1651
9 159 Garage 59 A.Watson/O.Hart Aston Martin Vantage SIL 2:05.0195 0:01.3764
10 22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline Chris Mies Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:05.1004 0:01.4573
11 75 SunEnergy1 Racing David Reynolds Mercedes AMG GT3 PAM 2:05.1483 0:01.5052
12 188 Garage 59 A.West/C.Ledogar Aston Martin Vantage PAM 2:05.1652 0:01.5221
13 888 Mercedes-AMG Team Triple Eight S.van Gisbergen/J.Whincup Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:05.2127 0:01.5696
14 76 R – Motorsport J.Dennis/R.Kelly Aston Martin Vantage PRO 2:05.2960 0:01.6529
15 6 Wall Racing Cameron McConville Lamborghini Hurracan SIL 2:05.4408 0:01.7977
16 91 Scandia Racer Industries Nick Percat MARC II INV 2:05.5375 0:01.8944
17 7 Bentley Team M-Sport J.Gounon/M.Soulet/J.Pepper Bentley Continental PRO 2:05.5747 0:01.9316
18 77 Mercedes-AMG Craft-Bamboo M.Engel/Y.Buurman Mercedes AMG GT3 PRO 2:05.6214 0:01.9783
19 2 Audi Sport Team Valvoline Frederic Vervisch Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PRO 2:05.6271 0:01.9840
20 911 Absolute Racing M.Jaminet/P.Pilet/M.Campbell Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:05.6800 0:02.0369
21 912 Absolute Racing Matteo Cairoli Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:05.7323 0:02.0892
22 1 Earl Bamber Motorsport L.Vanthoor/C.Lowndes Porsche GT3 R PRO 2:05.8581 0:02.2150
23 30 Honda Racing Renger van der Zande Acura/ Honda NSX GT3 PRO 2:05.8701 0:02.2270
24 4 Team Australia Grove Racing B.Grove/B.Barker Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:05.8902 0:02.2471
25 29 Trofeo Motorsport Dean Canto Lamborghini Huracan SIL 2:05.9895 0:02.3464
26 95 MARC Cars Australia Warren Luff MARC II INV 2:05.9928 0:02.3497
27 9 Hallmarc M.Cini/D.Fiore/L.Holdsworth Audi R8 – LMS GT3 PAM 2:06.0114 0:02.3683
28 12 NED Racing Team D.Calvert-Jones/J.Evans Porsche GT3 R PAM 2:06.7919 0:03.1488
29 46 Black Falcon P.Assenheimer/S.Afanasiev/M.Beretta Mercedes AMG GT3 SIL 2:07.0740 0:03.4309
30 20 Local Search A.Hargraves/D.Jilesen MARC II INV 2:07.3434 0:03.7003
31 92 Scandia Racer Industries Tyler Everingham MARC II INV 2:08.5309 0:04.8878
32 24 Bostik Australia T.Bates/M.Twigg/D.O’Keeffe Audi R8 – LMS GT3 SIL 2:08.5823 0:04.9392
33 96 Hobson Motorsport B.Hobson/G.Walden Nissan GT-R NISMO GT SIL 2:08.7373 0:05.0942
34 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Y.Shahin/S.Shahin Mercedes AMG GT3 PAM 2:09.6731 0:06.0300
35 13 JET Battery Services Brett Strom BMW M4 GT4 GT4 2:16.8128 0:13.1697
36 19 usedtrucks.com.au Dirk Muller Mercedes AMG GT4 GT4 2:17.4249 0:13.7818

The #29 Lamborghini on the wall

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