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Marciello tops red flag-shortened Bathurst 12 Hour Practice 4
Friday 3rd February, 2023 - 5:11pm
GruppeM Mercedes-AMG pilot Raffaele Marciello is the fastest driver after a truncated fourth practice session at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Marciello set the first ‘three’ of the weekend when he clocked a 2:03.9958s on his fourth flying lap in Car #999 and that remained the benchmark time when a red flag was called just before the halfway mark due to a rollover for Keith Kassulke at The Chase.
With track crews needing to repair the barriers which had been struck heavily by the Invitational class #52 MARC II, Race Control opted to call the session.
Marciello and GruppeM Racing were thus locked into top spot not only for Practice 4 but for the opening day as a whole, from the #75 SunEnergy 1 Mercedes-AMG in which Luca Stolz set a 2:04.1362s during that entry’s first run in the most recent session at Mount Panorama.
Marciello, Stolz, and Audi Sport Customer Racing’s Mattia Drudi had been engaged in a three-way battle during the opening salvos, but Mathieu Jaminet had moved into third with a 2:04.2938s in the #912 Manthey EMA Porsche, a few minutes prior to the red flag.
Drudi and the Melbourne Performance Centre-run #74 Audi thus ended up fourth, from the #24 Volante Rosso Motorsport Mercedes-AMG thanks to a 2:04.8316s from Jordan Love.
The #10 MPC Audi ended up sixth-fastest for the session, from the Supercheap Auto-backed #888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG into which Shane van Gisbergen had climbed just before the session came to a premature end.
Rounding out the top 10 were the #777 MPC Audi, the #32 Team WRT BMW, and the #44 Valmont Racing Mercedes-AMG.
Having topped Practice 2, his very first session at Mount Panorama, Valentino Rossi was sent out again for the opening run in the #46 Team WRT BMW and managed to beat his earlier effort when he set a 2:05.2838s.
Practice 5, an hour-long session open to all drivers, takes place tomorrow from 08:35 local time/AEDT.
Results: Practice 4 All drivers
|1||999||GruppeM Racing||M.Grenier/R.Marciello||Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO||PRO||2:03.9958|
|2||75||Sun Energy 1||J.Gounon/L.Stolz||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PRO||2:04.1362||0:00.1404|
|3||912||Manthey EMA||Mathieu Jaminet||Porsche GT3 R Spec 2||PRO||2:04.2938||0:00.2980|
|4||74||The Bend Motorsport Park / MPC||P.Niederhauser/M.Drudi||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PRO||2:04.4741||0:00.4783|
|5||24||Tony Bates Racing /Makita||Jordan Love||Mercedes-AMG GT3||PAM||2:04.8316||0:00.8358|
|6||10||MYLAND Team IMS||Dylan O’Keeffe||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:04.8880||0:00.8922|
|7||888||Supercheap Auto Racing||S.van Gisbergen/M.Goetz||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PRO||2:04.9131||0:00.9173|
|8||777||The Bend Motorsport Park / MPC||C.Mies/R.Feller||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:04.9137||0:00.9179|
|9||32||Team WRT||S van der Linde||BMW M4GT3||PRO||2:05.0300||0:01.0342|
|10||44||Valmont Racing||Aaron Cameron||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||SIL||2:05.1513||0:01.1555|
|11||55||FUCHS Lubricants Racing||James Golding||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:05.2080||0:01.2122|
|12||46||Team WRT||A.Farfus/V.Rossi||BMW M4GT3||PRO||2:05.2838||0:01.2880|
|13||4||Grove Racing||Brenton Grove||Porsche 911 GT3R||PAM||2:05.2954||0:01.2996|
|14||222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Alex Davison||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PAM||2:05.6577||0:01.6619|
|15||65||Sportsbet Team MPC||Fraser Ross||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:05.6957||0:01.6999|
|16||6||Wall Racing||D.Wall/G.Denyer||Lamborghini Huracan||SIL||2:05.7074||0:01.7116|
|17||9||Hallmarc Team MPC||L.Holdsworth/D.Fiore||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:06.2637||0:02.2679|
|18||77||Mercedes-AMG Craft-Bamboo||Daniel Juncadella||Mercedes-AMG GT3||PRO||2:06.3307||0:02.3349|
|19||99||Boost Mobile Racing||J.Whincup/R.Stanaway||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PAM||2:06.8163||0:02.8205|
|20||47||Supabarn Team MPC||Jonathon Webb||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:07.5106||0:03.5148|
|21||50||MMotorsport /Vantage Racing||Trent Harrison||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:10.8399||0:06.8441|
|22||52||Wheels /FX Racing||Keith Kassulke||MARC II V8||INV||2:11.8047||0:07.8089|
|23||19||Nineteen Corporation||Christan Pancione||Mercedes Benz||INV||2:12.7506||0:08.7548|
|24||111||111Racing/MRA Motorsport||Darren Currie||MARC I Mazda||INV||2:15.4056||0:11.4098|
|25||101||Harrolds Volante Rosso M’Sport||Josh Hunt||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||SIL||2:24.8160||0:20.8202|
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