Russell Returns to Top of Bathurst 12 Hour Practice Times


2015 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour 9Credit: Race Torque Media)

The target time for the drivers in the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour moved ever closer to the two minute mark in the third free practice session for the race. It was David Russell who returned to the top of the times in the JBS Australia Lamborghini Gallardo, lapping the Mount Panorama circuit in 2:04.233.

Russell, who shares the car with Roger Lago and Steve Owen set his best time on only his third lap of the session. The Clearwater Racing team were similarly quick early in the session, however, though the second lap turned by the Ferrari team ended the session second fastest the time was outside of the 2:04 bracket.

Intended to be a hour long the session was stopped just short of full distance when the #64 Porsche, which features British GT4 race winner Devon Modell among the drivers, stopped at the top of the mountain.

The session had earlier been interrupted twice. The first red flag came after the same Porsche lost a door at the same time as the #11 Bentley Continental stopped at turn four. The second red flag came out after the Sherrin Rentals entered BMW crashed with Iain Sherrin at the wheel. The accident continued an eventful day for the family team, having missed the opening session after arriving late at the circuit. With damage to the primary car significant the team are now seeking permission to continue the weekend with their back-up car.

The two Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra were third and fourth fastest, the #15 car that topped the second session the better of the pair. Erebus Motorsport’s #36 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 was fifth fastest ahead of the best Am driven GT3, the NISMO Athlete Global Team Nissan GT-R, a fraction quicker than the #74 Jamec Pem entered Audi.

The Grove Group Porsche 997 was again, the best of the Class B runners with the ##93 MARC Focus V8 (Class I) and the #65 Daytona Coupe replica (Class D) also repeating their class topping feat from the earlier session.

The Donut King sponsored Lotus Exige was the best of the small Class C field.