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O’Keeffe fastest but under a cloud after Q1 at the Bathurst 12 Hour
Saturday 4th February, 2023 - 1:25pm
Dylan O’Keeffe was fastest in Qualifying – Part 1 for the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour but questions remain about his eligibility to participate in the session.
O’Keeffe stormed to a 2:02.5652s in the 25-minute session at Mount Panorama in the #10 Melbourne Performance Centre Audi but is the official ‘Driver 2’ for that car per the latest version of the official entry list.
Qualifying for the Bathurst 12 Hour is a four-step process with Q1 being for cars below the Pro class, and specifically the officially nominated ‘Driver 3’ and/or ‘Driver 4’ from those cars, per Rule 188.8.131.52.1 of the event Sporting & Technical Regulations.
The same question applies to the #6 Wall Racing Lamborghini in which David Wall claimed third with a 2:03.4343 given he too is officially Driver 2 in that entry.
No such concerns apply for Valmont Racing, with its Driver 4, namely Aaron Cameron, taking second place on a 2:03.1066s.
In a session populated by Silver- and Bronze-rated drivers, Wall fastest after the initial flyers on a 2:10.5930s in the Silver class #6 Lamborghini.
He improved next time around but Cameron did so by more, taking over top spot with a 2:07.9449s in the Silver class #44 Mercedes-AMG, with Brad Schumacher to second on a 2:09.2110s in the Pro-Am #55 Schumacher Motorsport Audi.
Then it was O’Keeffe lighting up the timing screen in the #10 Audi, cracking a 2:03.3128s on his third flyer and a 2:02.5652s next time through, a lap which would have left him second-quickest in Practice 6, when the GT3 superstars were on-track.
Cameron closed the gap with a 2:03.1066s on his fifth flyer, before a red flag was called in the 15th minute in response to the #111 111Racing MARC Car headbutting the barriers at Hell Corner in the hands of Grant Donaldson.
With the clock stopped, 10:37s remained when the session went green again, although Cars #10 and #44 remained in the pits for the duration.
They also remained first and second on the timing screen, while Wall improved on his final lap, but not enough to elevate Car #6 from third position.
Liam Talbot claimed fourth with a 2:03.9466s in the #65 MPC Audi which Chaz Mostert is set to drive in Qualifying – Part 2, from Theo Koundouris fifth in the #47 MPC Audi.
Rounding out the top 10 were the #55 Audi, the #777 MPC Audi of Yasser Shahin, the #99 Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG which Jamie Whincup and/or Richie Stanaway will drive later, the #101 Volante Rosso Motorsport Mercedes-AMG, and the #222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG.
Qualifying – Part 2, when the Pro class cars join in, is set to start at 13:55 local time/AEDT.
Results: Qualifying – Part 1 Driver 3 and/or Driver 4
|1||10||MYLAND Team IMS||Dylan O’Keeffe||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:02.5652|
|2||44||Valmont Racing||Aaron Cameron||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||SIL||2:03.1066||0:00.5414|
|3||6||Wall Racing||David Wall||Lamborghini Huracan||SIL||2:03.4343||0:00.8691|
|4||65||Sportsbet Team MPC||Liam Talbot||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:03.9466||0:01.3814|
|5||47||Supabarn Team MPC||Theo Koundouris||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:04.1273||0:01.5621|
|6||55||FUCHS Lubricants Racing||Brad Schumacher||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:04.1852||0:01.6200|
|7||777||The Bend Motorsport Park / MPC||Yasser Shahin||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:05.5260||0:02.9608|
|8||99||Boost Mobile Racing||Jefri Ibrahim||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PAM||2:05.5748||0:03.0096|
|9||101||Harrolds Volante Rosso M’Sport||J.Hui/K.Tse||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||SIL||2:06.0727||0:03.5075|
|10||222||Scott Taylor Motorsport||Geoff Emery||Mercedes Benz AMG GT||PAM||2:06.9235||0:04.3583|
|11||24||Tony Bates Racing /Makita||T.Bates/D.Reynolds||Mercedes-AMG GT3||PAM||2:07.2467||0:04.6815|
|12||4||Grove Racing||Stephen Grove||Porsche 911 GT3R||PAM||2:08.5871||0:06.0219|
|13||9||Hallmarc Team MPC||Marc Cini||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||PAM||2:09.0889||0:06.5237|
|14||111||111Racing/MRA Motorsport||Grant Donaldson||MARC I Mazda||INV||2:14.3725||0:11.8073|
|15||50||MMotorsport /Vantage Racing||David Crampton||Audi R8 LMS Evo 2||SIL||2:14.6453||0:12.0801|
|16||19||Nineteen Corporation||Mark Griffith||Mercedes Benz||INV||2:15.0591||0:12.4939|
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