BATHURST 24-HOUR UPDATE - 12-HOUR REPORT The Porsche GT3 RS of David Brabham, Manfred Jurez, Allan Grice and Darren Palmer has performed faultlessly to maintain its seven lap lead at the halfway mark of the inugural Bathurst 24 Hour at Mount ...
BATHURST 24-HOUR UPDATE - 12-HOUR REPORT
The Porsche GT3 RS of David Brabham, Manfred Jurez, Allan Grice and Darren Palmer has performed faultlessly to maintain its seven lap lead at the halfway mark of the inugural Bathurst 24 Hour at Mount Panorama.
The team has proved the most consistent in the field, car reliability and steady driving resulting in the Porsche not being placed outside the top two from the start. Infact, the team has held the lead for 162 consecutive laps.
The Mosler MT900R is also proving itself a stayer having moved from fourth to second, but remains sevens laps adrift of the leaders.
Monaro has settled into third place and although the field has slowed to a steady pace, the Holden is consistently clocking times of sub 2 minutes 20 seconds, slowly but surely bridging the gap on the leaders.
The pacecar made another appearance on lap 226 after the Peter Floyd Porsche hit a tyre wall while negotiating The Esses. The incident caused a chain reaction with the Mitsubishi Mirage of Mal Rose locking the breaks and making colliding with the Porsche.
As a result, the Porsche's race has been run, while the Mirage made its way to the pit for reapirs and quickly rejoined the frey.
The Mitsubishi Lancer of Anton Mechtler, Wayne Park, Kevin Bell and Bob Hughes was put back an hour after a turbo blew, while Jim Richards re-joined at 3.10am after suffering major electrical problems.
The lead car has travelled 1640km over 264 laps at an average speed of 136.7km/h.
1 Palmer (Cirtek Porsche) 263 laps
2 Malagamuwa (Mosler) 255 laps
3 Pretty (Monaro) 253 laps
4 Redhouse (Duller BMW) 249 laps
5 Donaldson (Duller BMW) 248 laps
6 Shaw (BMW Z3) 241 laps