Bathurst 12 Hour – an amazing race, and it is both a fantastic and brutal track
The 2014 edition of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is the biggest in event history; never before have so many highly regarded international teams and drivers dared to tackle the once-around-the-clock classic. It’s an international endurance race, for performance and production cars, at the spiritual home of Australian motor sport.
Mount Panorma is the top race track in Australia, and one of the best anywhere in the world. Bathurst is a breathtaking mixture of high speed straights, and tight, twisting, blind corners. A new track surface for 2014 means that the late Allan Simonsen’s 2:04.95 lap record from 2012 will most likely fall.
Six different classes of cars — A, B, C, D, F, and I — competed in the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour. Class A, also referred to as GT3 Outright, is for the newest GT3-spec cars that will fight for overall victory. I raced in Class D, the largest of the invitational classes, is for cars with 3001cc+ with Motorsport Services (New Zealand). It was the first time I have raced a front wheel drive car (a 400HP Seat Leon Supercopa) with sequential “paddle shift” and dedicated left foot braking. It was an amazing race, and it is both a fantastic and brutal track. We got hit a couple of times, lost aero and other body work, got doused in fire extinguisher stuff, and still came third in our and 23rd overall.
A fantastic crazy day.
Look at the cars in this class. A Seat Leon Supercopa? An old M3-GTR? An Australian reproduction of the Shelby Daytona Coupe? Sure, why not? This was certainly fun to race and I’m sure to watch because it’s such a hodgepodge of cars.
7 – Maximum Motorsport – Subaru WRX Sti
22 – GT Radial / Radio Hauraki – Seat Leon Supercopa
28 – GWS Personnel – BMW 335i
42 – Motorline BMW – BMW E46 M3-GTR
65 – Daytona Sportscars – Daytona Sportscar Coupe
66 – Motorsport Services Limited – Seat Leon Supercopa
97 – Mortimer Motorsports – BMW M3 E92
See for yourself – http://youtu.be/s1X2vwH4UDM