12 Hour - Peter Brock's chances of claiming his 10th Bathurst victory looked in good shape as the Bathurst 24 Hour passed the half way mark at Mount Panorama this morning. After twelve hours, the ...
12 Hour - Peter Brock's chances of claiming his 10th Bathurst victory looked in good shape as the Bathurst 24 Hour passed the half way mark at Mount Panorama this morning.
After twelve hours, the #05 Monaro held the race lead with Jason Bright behind the wheel. The red Monaro has swapped positions with last year's winning yellow car for the entire race - holding a lead of just over a minute at half distance.
Changing weather conditions has made life tough for drivers and teams with a heavy rain shower bringing out the safety car for seven laps after lap 207.
Driving with Brock, Bright and Greg Murphy - Todd Kelly has enjoyed his first night time attack at Mount Panorama.
"It is certainly a little bit different driving around here at night and I have to say I have really enjoyed it," Kelly said.
"We have only had one little problem with the windscreen wiper and our plan has really been to stick to a pace that we know is kind on the car.
"We need to make sure we don't wear the car out and leave something in reserve in case we need to push at the end."
Last year's Bathurst 24 Hours winners Cameron McConville, Garth Tander, Steven Richards and Nathan Pretty held second spot after 252 laps while David Brabham continued to push to keep the Monaros "honest" - holding third spot, albeit three laps down.
Brabham is driving with Austrian duo Philipp Peter and Klaus Engelhorn, plus one-time Formula One team-mate, Andrea Montermini.
Queensland-based V8 Supercar driver Paul Morris held down fourth spot with a consistent run in the Porsche 911 GT3 with Peter Fitzgerald, Scott Shearman and John Teulan.
The German Alzen brothers Porsche 996 GT3 took over the lead in class B, pushing the Australian entry of Tony & Klark Quinn, Marcus Marshall and Grant Denyer back to second.
Other class contenders in classes D, E and F continued to extend their respective leads.
John Bowe's assault on the event came to an end after eight hours when team owner Maher Algadri suffered a crash heading up the mountain.
The incident occurred after the team earlier suffered a broken prop-shaft.
The race will finish later today at 2.00 pm.