Bathurst 12: David Wall race report

David Wall and his team have come home 4th place in a nail biting finish in today's WPS Bathurst 12 hour endurance race. David qualified strongly and started the race in 6th place. For the race, David was joined by his father Des Wall...

David Wall and his team have come home 4th place in a nail biting finish in today's WPS Bathurst 12 hour endurance race.

David qualified strongly and started the race in 6th place.

For the race, David was joined by his father Des Wall and Trevor Symonds in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR IX.

David started the race strongly jumping up to third place, before running in the top three and as high as 1st place for much of his first double stint.

The race was not without drama for the team with an incident at about the half way mark of the race when Trevor Symonds was behind the wheel.

Symonds locked his rear brakes going into the chase and ran off into the sand trap getting bogged and was unable to remove the car.

The car was eventually dragged out of the sand trap and back in the pits with the team rejoined in 9th place, 4 laps back from the leaders.

The team fought back brilliantly thanks largely to an outstanding double stint by the youngest driver of the team, David Wall.

David got into the car in 9th place and four laps down and handed the car back in 5th place, just two laps down.

He charged hard during his stint to close the gap to those in front of him. A perfectly timed safety car period also helped him to close right up to the back of a train of cars on the same lap as him.

When the safety car pulled the David pushed hard working his way up the order.

All three drivers worked hard in their respective stints to leave Trevor in a strong position in the closing stages of the race.

Lap by lap he closed the gap to the 4th place driver leaving his teammates anxiously looking on in the pits.

With just one lap to go, he had the car in front in his sights.

He reeled the car in and took the 4th place finish on the final lap of the 12 hour race.

David was pleased with the result the team scored, particularly as they were not in the latest model car those in front had.

"Everyone has done a fantastic job this weekend; aside from a few bumps and bruises the car ran beautifully all weekend," David said.

"Nothing failed, nothing fell off, the car never missed a beat all weekend.

"We came here with the car we used last year hoping our reliability would pay off as we knew the newer Mitsubishis would be quicker.

"I have to say thank you to the team, they have done an amazing job this weekend, it is a great way to start the year.

"After the long break since the final round of the Carrera Cup in October last year it was great to get back out on the track, particularly at Bathurst.

"I spent almost 6 hours in the car today and getting so many track miles under my belt this early in the season if a great way to start and I can't wait to get back out there."

-credit: dw

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Drivers Des Wall , David Wall , Trevor Symonds