Notes from the Friday action at the Bathurst 12 Hour

  • There was an awkward moment for the Mercedes of Shane van Gisbergen and the Ferrari of Paul Della Lana. Both cars suffered damage with the Ferrari being pitched across the road into the barrier. Van Gisbergen rushed to see if Della Lana was ok – which he was. According to official reports from the Bathurst 12 Hour website,
    “Race Control investigated the incident, finding Dalla Lana ‘predominantly responsible’ for casing the contact, having moved to the right of the straight – causing the contact with van Gisbergen as the Mercedes-AMG attempted to pass.The #51 AF Corse Ferrari was penalised 10 grid positions for their role in the incident.”

  • The Audi of Pete Storey, Gordon Sheddon and Matt Neal has been withdrawn after a heavy crash at the Chase with Storey behind the wheel. Storey though was unharmed. It was the first withdrawal of the weekend
  • The big and most controversial crash so far is of Tim Pappas in the Black Swan Porsche. Pappas crashed at The Chase and the car caught fire. Images emerged on Twitter that fans entered a hot track to put out the flames with onlookers saying the Marshals didn’t react. Race Control has said they will investigate fully as the event suffers another marshaling issue since Supercars Events took control (after last year’s race ending crash). Currently, it is impossible to determine what actually went on in this case but fans, even if they are trained marshals entering a hot track is a dangerous move. As far as Pappas goes, the official line is :”A brief fire was extinguished and Pappas removed from the car, conscious and talking to officials.

    He was first transported to a Bathurst hospital before then being taken further afield to Sydney for precautionary checks.

    The team reported him to be in a stable condition, though after the car suffered severe damage have withdrawn from the race.”

  • After a bad start in race 1 of the Formula Ford support race Josh Buchan charged to the front of the pack after a race-long battle laced with countless lead changes. The Liqui Moly backed driver eventually claimed the win ahead of the bumper 48-car field, a fantastic result for himself and the Sydney-based manufacturer Listec. He struck again in race 2 the second race win of the weekend aboard his Listec Race Cars WIL-05k. Anglo Motor Sport’s Jayden Ojeda and Richard Davison completed the podium. Davison was also the first historic car to take the chequered flag, steering his Ellery Motorsport prepared RF89 Van Diemen. Garry Watson and John Van Leeuwen crossed the line first in their respective historic class.
  • Brad/Mitch Neilson took the opening race of the Radical Australia Cup. They took the 17 lap race from Chris Perini. The margin was 40 seconds with Neale Munster third.

  • MARC Cars got their weekend to a winning start with the two Mazda 3s taking a 1-2 in the opening race of the Combined Sedan support race.

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