Leahey quickest, Mustangs prominent in final B6Hr practice
Saturday 3rd April, 2021 - 9:24am
Tim Leahey has made it a practice sweep for BMWs at the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour but the Mustangs got in the mix in the final session before qualifying.
The Bavarian cars gradually took over the top three as the 40-minute session wore on, but the #95 and #7 Fords, which run out of Class A2, were also prominent.
Leahey’s 2:26.0699s was not quite as fast as Shane van Gisbergen had gone in another BMW the afternoon prior, but he still ended up fastest in Practice 3 by just under seventh tenths of a second.
Next-best after the #1 Bruce Lynton BM Service M3 was the #27 Sherrin Racing M4 courtesy of David Russell’s 2:26.7662s after the chequered flag.
The #4 Property Investment Store M4 wound up third thanks to Dylan Thomas, with the #97 Prestige Connex M4 eighth all told in the hands of Shane Smollen and Rob Rubis, as van Gisbergen cooled his heels.
Leahey started the session and, as it turned out, his four laps would be the only running this morning for Car #1, which he is sharing with Beric Lynton.
The former Supercars enduro driver kicked off with a 2:29.3370s and followed up with a 2:26.5793s and then the 2:26.0699s, before pitting.
Tony Quinn had a very brief spell in the #7 Local Legends Mustang but it was Grant Denyer which put the bright yellow machine second-fastest in the 12th minute when he clocked a 2:29.8814s.
George Miedecke usurped him a few minutes later with a 2:29.4736s in the #95 Miedecke Motor Group Mustang, but Leahey’s marker still looked very difficult to beat.
In fact, it was not until the 30th minute that Miedecke managed to better just one of Car #1’s flyers when he set a 2:29.1090s.
By then, Russell had hopped into the 2018 race-winning car, and he wheeled it to a 2:27.8673s moments later.
The red BMW was still second-quickest when he found more time with the chequered flag out, by which time Thomas had achieved the 2:28.2175s that was good enough for third spot.
Best outside of Class X was Josh Muggleton, whose late 2:28.8867s put the #64 Cachet Homes HSV Clubsport R8 from Class A2 into fourth outright.
Miedecke claimed fifth in the Mustang he shares with Brodie Kostecki and Paul Morris, while Steven Ellery crept up to sixth in the #99 Bruce Lynton BM Service M3 which his sons Dalton and Tristan are also piloting.
Tim Miles completed the session in the #7 Mustang that ended up seventh, with the top 10 rounded out by the #97 BMW, the #77 Mitsubishi (Class A1), and the #19 Mitsubishi (Class A1).
The #8 Car Mods Australia BMW M3, which suffered technical problems in both of the preceding sessions, ended up 14th after Tim Slade and Bradley Carr collectively notched up 12 laps.
Qualifying, comprised of a pair of 20-minute sessions split between the fastest and slowest halves of the field, gets underway this afternoon from 16:40 local time/AEDT.
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Results: Practice 3
|1||1||Bruce Lynton BM Service||Tim Leahey||BMW M3||X||2:26.0699|
|2||27||Sherrin Rentals||G.Sherrin/D.Russell||BMW M4||X||2:26.7662||0:00.6963|
|3||4||Property Investment Store||A.Soole/D.Thomas||BMW M4||X||2:28.2175||0:02.1476|
|4||64||Cachet Homes||C.Lillis/J.Muggleton/M.Holt||Holden HSV Clubsport||A2||2:28.8867||0:02.8168|
|5||95||Miedecke Motor Group||George Miedecke||Ford Mustang GT||A2||2:29.1090||0:03.0391|
|6||99||Bruce Lynton BM Service||S.Ellery/T.Ellery||BMW M3||X||2:29.2408||0:03.1709|
|7||7||Local Legends||T.Quinn/G.Denyer/T.Miles||Ford Mustang GT||A2||2:29.8814||0:03.8115|
|8||97||Prestige Connex||S.Smollen/R.Rubis||BMW M4||X||2:30.2746||0:04.2047|
|9||77||MX5 Mania/Max Winter Automotiv||Zac Raddatz||Mitsubishi EVO 9||A1||2:30.8390||0:04.7691|
|10||19||Shockwave Signs||J.Vernon/M.Griffith||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||A1||2:30.8898||0:04.8199|
|11||25||Greentech Gold Coast||C.Cowham/L.Kearns||Ford Mustang GT||A2||2:31.1670||0:05.0971|
|12||45||RAM Motorsport/GWR||M.Sheargold/B.Hobson/O.Shannon||Mercedes-Benz AMG||A1||2:31.6099||0:05.5400|
|13||21||Secure Wealth||Simon Hodges||BMW M4||X||2:31.6912||0:05.6213|
|14||8||Car Mods Australia||B.Carr/T.Slade||BMW M3||X||2:31.8221||0:05.7522|
|15||6||Oneworld Charters||R.Salmon/N.Muston||Mercedes-Benz A45||A1||2:32.2476||0:06.1777|
|16||41||Wake Up||Barry Sternbeck||Holden HSV GTS||X||2:32.5583||0:06.4884|
|17||49||Racer Industries||T.Alford/K.Alford||Ford Mustang||A2||2:33.2299||0:07.1600|
|18||57||Retail Construct/Nova Employme||M.Boylan/D.Agathos||Mitsubishi EVO X RS||A1||2:33.2598||0:07.1899|
|19||9||Parramatta Vehicle Services||Tyler Mecklem||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||A1||2:33.3672||0:07.2973|
|20||53||Muscat Trailers/Wollongong Aut||R.Coulthard/T.Symonds||Holden CSV Monaro||A2||2:33.5396||0:07.4697|
|21||67||JMG/Total Parts Plus||B.Feeney/S.Robinson||Ford GTF||A1||2:33.7144||0:07.6445|
|22||42||Airtag/Sheargold Group||G.Walden/M.Auld||Mercedes- Benz A45||A1||2:34.0790||0:08.0091|
|23||30||Perseverance Drilling||C.Baird/S.Cameron||Holden HSV VE||A2||2:35.1309||0:09.0610|
|24||29||Forrest/Razztech Motorsports||D.Forrest/P.Razum||Holden HSV R8 Clubsp||A2||2:35.1874||0:09.1175|
|25||52||Urban Alley Brewery Docklands||M.Eddy/D.Grant||Audi TTRS||A1||2:35.4362||0:09.3663|
|26||16||Boss Surveillance Systems||J.Simes/A.Levitt||Mercedes-Benz AMG C6||A2||2:36.7222||0:10.6523|
|27||18||Gramur Stainless||G.Muir/J.Hodgson||Holden HSV GTS||A2||2:37.0551||0:10.9852|
|28||33||Ranger Lifting/Rigging/Safety||A.McGill/M.Caine||Ford Falcon GT-F||A1||2:37.1879||0:11.1180|
|29||48||ASAP Marketing Pty Ltd||S.Gore/K.Bensley||BMW 135i||B1||2:37.6334||0:11.5635|
|30||50||Harding Performance||C.Yucel/I.Salteri||Volkswagen Golf R||A1||2:37.7929||0:11.7230|
|31||82||Spinifex Recruiting||P.O’Donnell/P.Johnston/G.Mennell||BMW 335i||B1||2:37.9082||0:11.8383|
|32||71||Bargwanna Motorsport||B.Bargwanna/J.Bargwanna||VW Golf GTi||D||2:39.2827||0:13.2128|
|33||28||Hall Finance& Insurance||B.Hall/S.Hay/C.McLean||Ford Mustang GT||A2||2:39.3928||0:13.3229|
|34||44||Nolan Finishes||D.Clift/A.Heffernan||Holden HSV R8 Clubsp||A2||2:39.4290||0:13.3591|
|35||31||Osborne Motorsport||Kaide Lehmann||Renault Megane||C||2:39.6316||0:13.5617|
|36||89||Pinnacle Automotive||D.Krusza/J.Williams||BMW M3||C||2:40.3973||0:14.3274|
|37||3||Racer.Industries||N.McLeod/B.McLeod||Holden HSV Astra VXR||C||2:40.5486||0:14.4787|
|38||55||Prime Finance/Fifth Gear Motor||D.Flanagan/M.Malouf||Mitsubishi Lancer EV||A1||2:41.8987||0:15.8288|
|39||14||Tegra Australia/Solo Works||L.Mineeff/T.Sargent||Toyota 86 GTS||D||2:42.1597||0:16.0898|
|41||20||Gold Coast Embroidery/ozEtees||R.Lacey/P.Lacey||VW Scirocco||C||2:42.8990||0:16.8291|
|42||84||AC Store/CP Dental||P.Ansell/P.Navin||VW Scirocco||C||2:43.4678||0:17.3979|
|43||73||Race Academy International||A.Seisun/M.Ferns||Holden SSV Lowndes||B2||2:44.3170||0:18.2471|
|44||40||Commodore Shop Cardiff||J.Herington/A.Tsovolos||Holden Commodore SSV||B2||2:44.8571||0:18.7872|
|45||78||Disc Brakes Australia||D.D’Aquino/B.Crossland||KIA Proceed||D||2:44.8585||0:18.7886|
|46||59||Luxury Auto Body||A.Carolan/G.Stephenson||BMW 1M||A1||2:44.9002||0:18.8303|
|47||13||Osborne Motorsport||Colin Osborne||Renault Megane||C||2:45.5611||0:19.4912|
|49||47||On Track Motorsport||J.Fitzgerald/S.Turner/U.Muller||BMW 130i||C||2:46.1697||0:20.0998|
|50||51||Air & Allied Sales Pacific||M.Stewart/D.Ling||Holden HSV Astra VXR||C||2:48.6748||0:22.6049|
|51||24||SS Auto Memorabilia||D.Hassall/S.Stockdale||Toyota 86 GTS||D||2:48.9073||0:22.8374|
|52||86||RX8 CUP||R.Shaw/T.Shaw||Toyota 86 GTS||D||2:50.5503||0:24.4804|
|53||46||Team Group Suzuki Racing Team||Matt Thewlis||Suzuki Swift Sport R||E||2:54.0173||0:27.9474|
|54||2||Madaz Motorsport||D.Worrell/A.McMaster||Mazda 3 SP25||E||2:57.4308||0:31.3609|
|55||36||Brown Davis Racing Products||James Holloway||Toyota Celica||D||2:59.3584||0:33.2885|
|56||43||Team Group Suzuki Racing Team||Michael Hopp||Suzuki Swift Sport R||E||3:01.6282||0:35.5583|
|57||35||Road To Bathurst||Philip Alexander||Mazda 3-SP25||E||3:09.0437||0:42.9738|