Want to see what a 2:05.49s lap (in traffic) around Mount Panorama looks like? Strap yourself in while the late Allan Simonsen, shows you how it’s done from behind the wheel of the Maranello Motorsports, Ferrari F458 Italia GT3. Make sure you crank it up for the awesome sound track.
Although set during qualifying for the 2013 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour – and recognised as the fastest official lap by a closed-wheel car – Simonsen and the team were not actually credited with the time. In fact they were given a 50kg penalty! As it was under the imposed performance floor of 2:06s. Sadly, even with imposed performance floor abolished for 2014, Simonsen will not get to defend his epic lap, as he was fatally injured in a crash at the 2013, 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As a tribute to the well liked Dane, Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour organisers created the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy, which will be awarded to the fastest qualifier in Saturday’s revamped qualifying format. The new format incorporates a 15-minute session at 2:20pm exclusively for Class A (outright) competitors. This afternoon session is guaranteed to produce some fireworks and should not be missed.
WATCH THE RACE LIVE ON TV:
SBS ONE 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Sunday February 9th.
WATCH THE RACE ONLINE:
Via the LIVE STREAM – all day Saturday & Sunday at bathurst12hour.com.au
Proud supporters of the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
The Mountain – The Race – The Magic
February 7th-9th, 2014