Winkelhock blitzes crash-marred penultimate practice at B12H
Saturday 14th May, 2022 - 9:15am
Markus Winkelhock has led the way in Practice 5 for the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour as another three cars encountered trouble.
Making his eighth start in the Mount Panorama event, Winkelhock put more than half a second on the field with the fastest time of the weekend.
His 2:03.1336s in fact was the best Bathurst 12 Hour lap time recorded since the 2019 event, when Raffaele Marciello put GruppeM on pole with a 2:02.9348s during the Top 10 Shootout that year.
While it was smooth sailing for the #777 Audi Sport Team Valvoline entry, in which Practice 1 pacesetter Ricardo Feller also got seat time, it wasn’t so positive for various others.
The high-profile Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes didn’t turn a lap due to an engine change being required, while the #47 Supabarn team was also absent as the Melbourne Performance Centre crew continues to upgrade its spare Audi to Evo II specification.
There were two red flags during the hour-long session, the first of which coming at 22-minute mark after Hadrian Morrall found the wall, reportedly at The Dipper.
Morrall did manage to bring his #52 MARC II Mustang back to the pits, sporting left-rear damage, but it would take no further part in the session.
A second red flag brought an early end to proceedings when Mark Rosser came unstuck at the top of The Mountain.
Sharing the #17 Audi R8 Evo II with Nick Percat and Joey Mawson, Rosser was not able to carry on and remained stranded on track.
In the end, it was Ben Barker (#4 Porsche) who wound up as Winkelhock’s nearest threat, on a 2:03.6543s which kept him fractionally ahead of Jules Gounon (#75 Mercedes) in third.
David Reynolds (#24 Audi) was the only other driver into the 2:03s, having set that time early on in the piece on his sixth flying lap, just as Winkelhock had done.
Final practice begins at 10:00 AEST before the field gets stuck into qualifying.
Results: Practice 5
|1||777||Audi Sport Team Valvoline||M.Winkelhock/R.Feller||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:03.1336|
|2||4||Grove Racing||B.Barker/B.Grove||Porsche 911 GT3R||APA||2:03.6543||+0.5207|
|3||75||SunEnergy1 Racing||L.Stolz/J.Gounon/M.Konrad||Mercedes AMG GT3||APA||2:03.6695||+0.5359|
|4||24||Tony Bates Racing||D.Reynolds/T.Bates||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:03.9725||+0.8389|
|5||888||Triple Eight Race Engineering||S.van Gisbergen/B.Feeney/J.Ibrahim||Mercedes AMG GT3||APA||2:04.3615||+1.2279|
|6||65||Coinspot||F.Ross/L.Talbot||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:04.6172||+1.4836|
|7||19||Nineteen Corporation Pty Ltd||J.Perkins/W.Brown||Mercedes AMG GT3||APA||2:04.6665||+1.5329|
|8||74||Audi Sport Team Valvoline||Nathanael Berthon||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:04.8160||+1.6824|
|9||55||Valmont Racing||D.Padayachee/S.Pires/M.Zalloua||Mercedes AMG GT3||AAM||2:06.3421||+3.2085|
|10||95||MARC Cars Australia||J.Camilleri/D.Fraser||MARC II V8||I||2:06.4554||+3.3218|
|11||9||Hallmarc||D.Fiore/M.Cini||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:06.5041||+3.3705|
|12||17||Team BRM||Mark Rosser||Audi R8 GT3 Evo II||APA||2:07.3550||+4.2214|
|13||45||RAM Motorsport||M.Sheargold/G.Walden||Mercedes AMG GT3||AAM||2:08.6073||+5.4737|
|14||50||M Motorsport/ Vantage Racing||D.Crampton/T.Harrison||KTM X-Bow GT2||I||2:09.3731||+6.2395|
|15||222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||S.Taylor/C.Lowndes/G.Emery||Porsche 991 GT3 Gen II||C||2:09.7832||+6.6496|
|16||6||Wall Racing||A.Deitz/G.Denyer||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||APA||2:11.6225||+8.4889|
|17||11||Our Kloud-UpTo11 Motorsport||I.Padayachee/E.Constantindis/A.Zerefos||Porsche 991 GT3 Gen II||C||2:17.4822||+14.3486|
|18||52||Wheels/ FX Racing PNG||Hadrian Morrall||MARC II V8||I||2:22.2773||+19.1437|