A kangaroo strike, followed by a collision with the back of the #65 Daytona Sportscar left the front of the #63 Erebus SLS AMG GT3 completely destroyed – all of which dropped it back down the field. However the all-Aussie driver outfit of Jack Le Brocq, Will Davison and Greg Crick fought their way back and managed a well-deserved third overall.
After tearing a rear wheel off during Friday practice, then damaging the front suspension early in the race after a clash with the NISMO GT-R in Forrest Elbow, the German-entered HTP Mercedes SLS stormed through the field to lead outright with an hour and half to go (shown). A late brake pad swap dropped them back yet again, however they managed to recover, finishing a close second (by just 0.4 seconds) after a thrilling closing-lap dice with the # 88 Ferrari. No wonder this team won both the 2013 Spa 24-Hour and 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series.
The three Coyote V8-powered MARC Focus GTC’s (which made up the entirety of the invitational Class I) sounded awesome and gave the swarm of more-fancied Porsches in Class B a real hurry up. All three GTCs finished, with the Crimsafe-sponsored #70 machine heading the pack in 15th outright.
One of the great things about the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour is the diverse array of cars it attracts. The other is the location, with many international drivers ranking Mount Panorama in their Top Five World’s Best Circuits
Class C winner and 25th outright was the unmissable, bright-pink Donut King-sponsored Lotus Exige piloted by Anthony Alford, Peter Leemhuis, Mark O’Connor.
The three, mighty, little turbocharged Fiat Abarth 695 Asseto Corses managed to keep their noses clean all day and crossed the line in a formation finish. Topping the class and finishing 18th overall was the #96 Abarth driven by Luke Youlden, Paul Gover, Gregory Hede and Michael Sinclair.