BATHURST 24-HOUR HOUR 5 update In its first four and a half hours, the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour race has delivered all the drama expected of a long-distance race. At 8.30 pm, and after 100 laps, the leader was the British Cirtek Motorsport...
BATHURST 24-HOUR HOUR 5 update
In its first four and a half hours, the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour race has delivered all the drama expected of a long-distance race.
At 8.30 pm, and after 100 laps, the leader was the British Cirtek Motorsport Porsche GT3 RS of David Brabham, with Darren Palmer, Allan Grice and Manfred Jurasz.
In position two was the UK Mosler MT900R of Martin Short, Charles Lamb, Dilantha Malagamuwa and Mark Pashley. It has had a conservative, trouble-free run so far.
At lap 100, the Holden Monaro pitted with a fuel pressure problem, while in the lead. The car was pushed into the pit bunker and the tank removed and drained in order to check a faulty pump. It currently remains in the pits.
Garth Tander and the Holden Monaro led pole sitter John Bowe (PHR Scuderia Ferrari) at the 4 pm start and the Ferrari sensationally pitted on lap 27, Bowe reporting an oil pressure problem. The team immediately started swapping the Ferrari's engine from a spare car and expects to be back on track soon afer 9 pm. The work in the pit garage attracted a large crowd of spectators.
PHR Scuderia also had problems with its second entry, the Porsche GT3 Cup of Jim Richards, Maher Algadri (Indonesia), Peter Fitzgerald and Matt Weiland (Austria). The team lost 80 minutes fixing a minor electrical problem that prevented the car being re-started after Richards' stint.
Other reports -
- After two hours, Tander (Monaro) led by 7.2 seconds from Palmer (Cirtek Porsche), Bagnall (Seikel Porsche) and Pashley (Mosler).
- On lap 62, the Seikel Motorsport Porsche (Bagnall) hit the wall on top of the moutain and retired while in third place.
- Car 40 Magna V8 (Bosnjak) brought out the safety car when it clouted the wall around 8.30 pm.
- The first casualty occurred only 30 minutes into the race when Scott Fleming hit the corner on topit straight in his Toyota MR2. Despite heavy damage, the NRMA Crash Repair team under Tony Warrener was working to rebuild the car and return it to the race.
- There has been no sign of the nocturnal kangaroos drivers had been warned about.
- Public and media interest in the race has been enormous. Telecaster Network Seven has been phoned by viewers wanting to see more of the race. The official website www.bathurst24hr.com has collapsed and been reinstated several times under pressure of thousands of fans accessing live timing and streamed video.