What happened in the practice sessions at the Bathurst 12 Hour

  • Raffaele Marciello has topped final Friday practice in Bathurst, which was cut short due to a major incident at The Chase. Marciello’s 2:03.9958s proved the best of a session shortened due to a crash for Keith Kassulke. Kassulke (#52 MARC) suffered a suspected mechanical failure as he approaching the braking zone of The Chase. Track vision showed Kassulke launching off the kerb into the braking zone at The Chase. The #52 II V8 careened into the tyre barriers, with barrier damage ultimately ending the session. Kassulke ended up on his roof, such was the severity of the impact.

  • In a statement from the Bathurst 12 Hour, Kassulke was cleared of serious injuries.

    “Following his accident in Practice 4 for the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour, MARC Cars Australia driver Keith Kassulke was taken to the circuit medical centre for checks,” the statement reads.

    “Keith was conscious throughout, communicating with the recovery teams and suffered no major injuries.

    “Further information will follow when available.

    “The session was red flagged and was not restarted due to the damage caused to the tyre wall following the impact.

    “At this stage the cause of the accident has not been determined.”


  • A rapid-fire car change has seen M Motorsport/Vantage Racing switch cars for the 2023 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.

    An engine failure in the team’s Invitational Class KTM X-Bow GT2 in Practice 2 saw the car forced out of the event.

    Rather than withdrawing, the team has leased Melbourne Performance Centre’s spare Audi R8 LMS.

    The team prepared the car to run in Friday’s fourth and final practice session on Friday afternoon.

    Ojeda was forced out of the four-driver squad due to his driver rating not fitting the requirements for the class.

  • Kenny Habul has put his local knowledge to the test with the quickest time in Practice 3 at Mount Panorama.

    Habul, the 2022 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour winner, was nearly a second clear of his closest rival.

    The 49-year-old piloted his #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG to a 2:05.3096s.

    It was the only 2:05s lap of the 40-minute session held for Bronze-only drivers.

  • Valentino Rossi has marked his Mount Panorama debut with the fastest time in Practice 2.

    The seven-time MotoGP champion-turned Team WRT BMW driver ended the first Bronze session atop the time sheets.

    Rossi, 43, clocked a 2:05.4486s to be just 0.0696s clear of closest rival Brad Schumacher.

    The 40-minute session was punctuated by two red flags, both for incidents either side of the Cutting.

    Keith Kassulke spun his #52 MARC entry early in the session and was forced to drive backwards.

    Kassulke then completed a three-point turn, with the red flag flying to aid his recovery.

  • Chaz Mostert has opened the 2023 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour with the fastest time in Practice 1.

    Mostert, the 2022 pole-sitter, clocked a 2:04.0879s late on to set the ultimate pace.

    The two-time Bathurst 1000 winner led an Audi one-two in the 40-minute session.

    Frederic Vervisch, aboard the Fuchs-backed #55 Audi, turned in a 2:04.3509s.

    With minutes remaining, Mostert set a 2:04.2600s and a 2:04.0879s on consecutive laps to close out the session.

Taken from PR materials