Boat Works Sanctuary Cove BMW GT on class pole at Bathurst

Saturday 3rd February, 2018 - 2:53pm

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The Boat Works Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show BMW GT4 will start from pole position in Class C in tomorrow’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-hour race at Mt Panorama.

Third-generation driver Aaron Seton notched a time of 2:16.263s to claim the pole and 40th position outright – more than 0.7 of a second quicker than the next Class C car.

Team owner Tony Longhurst will start the race tomorrow morning at 5.45am and the driving duties will be shared with Seton and fellow third-generation driver Matt Brabham who is having his first start at Mt Panorama.

The race will be telecast on 7 Mate from 5.30am AEDT until 6pm.

Live updates will be available for free throughout the around the clock race via Speedcafe.com.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:

TONY LONGHURST
“To pick up the pole in the BMW GT4 at our first event is a great result,” said Longhurst.

“Aaron and Matt have gelled together really, really well and we have a very solid team.

“Aaron did a great job qualifying the car and I am sure with another hour or so in the car Matt would be right there in regards to outright speed.

“We have not made any mistakes and we have the car nicely balanced.

“I did three or four laps and it was nice to drive. We had some corners perfect yesterday and others not so, but we have successfully chased that a little today.

“The progress has been good and the car is easy to drive and that’s what you want for a 12-hour race.

“12 hours to go!

MATT BRABHAM
“I enjoyed some more laps in the car today and picked up from where we left off yesterday,” said Brabham.

“The car does not provide us too much stress and Aaron did a great job in qualifying to put it on the pole.

“The track is one you have to have a lot of respect for and it is easy to see why so many drivers love the place.

“It is also a place you are not going to conquer in a weekend. Hey, some guys are still tweaking and learning things 20 years after their first race.

“It has been a relaxed and enjoyable weekend so far and hopefully we can get in a good rhythem and stay out of trouble for 12 hours tomorrow.

“Patience will be the key because we all know it is going to be a long day and I am looking forward to it.”

AARON SETON
“It was a pretty cool moment to have the chance to qualify the Boat Works Sanctuary Cove Boat Show BMW and finish on the pole,” said Seton.

“The progress has been solid and everything is going to plan.

“We have worked our way through our program, ticked most of the boxes and are ready for tomorrow.

“Traffic is an issue for everyone, but we managed to get a reasonably clean lap and notch a time.

“We have a real “team” environment and everyone is getting on with the job.

“It is nice to have dad (Glenn Seton) in the pits with us this weekend and I am picking up stuff from Tony and Matt at the same time.

“We have done the preparation and hopefully we can have a trouble-free run tomorrow and get a good result.”

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