Campbell takes provisional pole in bruising qualifying
Saturday 1st February, 2020 - 3:16pm
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
|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
|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|