62 CARS may have commenced the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour weekend, however not all of them will actually start the race.
Usual pre-Bathurst endurance race drama has seen at least six cars withdrawn prior to today’s 11:30am start.
In what seems to be a cruel April fool’s joke, two, two car teams have seen both of their entries withdrawn overnight, while two other single car outfits have been pulled from the race due to engine dramas.
THEY may have dominated qualifying, but the drivers of the dominant BMW brigade say they’re far from sure things in today’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
The BMW M3 of Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey stormed to pole position in qualifying yesterday with a record 2m22.9s lap – comfortably the fastest every lap from a Production Car at Mount Panorama.
The Sherrin Racing BMW M4 that scored pole position last year also lapped comfortably quicker than their 2017 best, though their 2m24-second best was still nearly two seconds behind the Lynton / Leahey machine.
TIM LEAHEY has added his name to the list of drivers to have set new all-time Bathurst benchmark laps, thanks to a stunning lap in qualifying for the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
Having already recorded Production Car Racing’s fastest ever Bathurst lap in practice on Friday, Leahey took charge of the BMW M3 Competition he’ll share with Beric Lynton in Sunday’s race and stormed to pole in 2m22.904 seconds.
STRATEGIC flexibility is the rationale behind two outright contenders adding a third driver to their respective squads ahead of qualifying for tomorrow’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
Garth Walden Racing has confirmed Bathurst driver Brad Shields will join Garth Walden and Craig Baird in the No. 45 Mercedes-AMG A45, while experienced Kiwi GT ace Daniel Gaunt will join the Kavich brothers in the No. 15 Race for a Cure Mitsubishi.
Walden’s other two entries already featured three driver line ups.