Bathurst 12 Hour: Objective McLaren breaks practice record

Matt Campbell set a new unofficial lap record at Mount Panorama during a stunningly quick final practice session for the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The pace was hot right from the word go, #36 Erebus Mercedes driver Nico Bastian charging to a 2m03.332s straight away, soon joined in the low-to-mid 2m03s by Rob Bell (#60 Tekno McLaren) and Maro Engel (#63 Erebus Mercedes).

Just under 20 minutes in, Bell lowered the benchmark even more, going fastest with a 2m03.135s.

But it was six minutes later that the game changed completely; Engel not only became the first man to go under 2m03s for the weekend, but went seven-tenths clear of the field with a mega 2m02.391s – two-tenths faster than last year’s pole-winning time.

It took 20 minutes for anyone else to get under 2m03s, Shane van Gisbergen (#59 Tekno McLaren) eventually joining the club with a 2m02.942s a little under 15mins from the end.

With eight minutes to go Rene Rast (#75 Jamec Pem Audi) got in on the act as well, going second fastest with a 2m02.440s – before Matt Campbell made history in the Objective Racing McLaren with a record-breaking 2m02.287s, the fastest ever officially timed lap at Mount Panorama.

Van Gisbergen finished the session fourth fastest, Christopher Haase fifth in the #74 Jamec Pem Audi, while the #60 Tekno car wound up sixth.

Class B was comfortably led by the #4 Grove Porsche, with the #93 MARC Mazda taking Class I honours.

Qualifying for the Bathurst 12 Hour kicks off at 12:55 local time.

Practice results

Pos. No. Team Drivers Time
1 11 Objective Racing T.Walls/W.Luff/M.Campbell/T.Slade 2:02.287
2 63 Erebus Motorsport M.Engel/B.Schneider/A.Cindric 2:02.391
3 75 Jamec Pem S.McLaughlin/R.Rast/G.Tander 2:02.440
4 59 Tekno Autosports S.Gisbergen/A.Parente/J.Webb 2:02.942
5 74 Jamec Pem C.Mies/C.Haase/M.Mapelli 2:03.038
6 60 Tekno Autosports R.Bell/A.Watson/W.Davison 2:03.124
7 10 Bentley Team M-Sport S.Kane/G.Smith/M.Bell 2:03.273
8 36 Erebus Motorsport D.Reynolds/T.Jaeger/N.Bastian 2:03.279
9 1 NISMO Athlete Global Team R.Kelly/K.Chiyo/F.Strauss 2:03.433
10 37 Darrell Lea A.Quinn/K.Quinn/C.Baird 2:03.813
11 2 Phoenix Racing M.Winklehock/L.Vanthoor/A.Davison 2:03.954
12 48 Interlloy J.McMillan/J.McIntyre/D.Wood/G.Wood 2:04.074
13 32 JBS Australia R.Lago/L.Youlden/S.Owen 2:04.215
14 88 McDonalds M.Salo/T.Vilander/A.D'Alberto/G.Denyer 2:04.273
15 9 Hallmarc / Network M.Cini/M.Eddy/C.Joens 2:04.388
16 62 Maxxia P.Rullo/N.Percat/S.Andrews 2:04.555
17 5 GT Motorsport G.Taylor/B.Mawer/N.Antunes 2:05.084
18 31 Bentley Team M-Sport A.Soucek/M.Soulet/D.Russell 2:05.127
19 49 Defelice Homes A.Defelice/A.Montermini/B.Simonsen/R.Loberto 2:06.591
20 4 Grove Hire S.Grove/S.McLaughlin/E.Bamber 2:08.762
21 40 Handley Surveys / Supabarn J.Koundouris/T.Koundouris/M.Marshall/S.Davies 2:08.889
22 12 Mobil 1 New Zealand S.O'Donnell/A.Dippie/C.van der Drift 2:10.172
23 33 MISHUMOTORS M.Schultis/R.Zande/P.Simon/A.Kapadia 2:10.199
24 82 Steel Masters A.Bagnall/R.Armstrong/M.Halliday 2:11.141
25 38 WOTSO Workspace P.Tresidder/D.Bilski/D.Wall 2:11.198
26 93 MARC Cars Australia J.Camilleri/M.Haber/A.Seton 2:13.163
27 77 "Completion Products, Asia I P W.Bamber/G.Dowsett/J.Curran/C.Smith 2:13.224
28 91 MARC Cars Australia R.Thomson/L.Kearns/J.Vernon 2:13.350
29 65 Daytona Sports Cars J.Augustine/B.Schoots/D.Lillie 2:13.935
30 94 CCV Australia G.McLeod/B.Fullwood/N.Rowe 2:14.932
31 21 J.F.C - Freem - Rotex S.Fillmore/D.Stutterd/J.Bergmuller 2:15.378
32 69 APO Sport A.Osborne/J.May/P.May 2:16.348
33 16 PROsport Performance A.Christodoulou/J.Viebahn/F.Hamprecht/N.Verdonck 2:17.828
34 54 Donut King A.Alford/M.Griffith/B.Lynton 2:18.070
35 92 MARC Cars Australia M.Benton/H.Morrall/A.Kennard 2:24.152
36 28 GWS Personnel J.Williams/W.Cauchi/D.Cox/R.Shaw 2:30.394
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Series Endurance
Event Bathurst 12 Hour
Track Mount Panorama Circuit
Article type Practice report