The #97 Craft-Bamboo Racing team of Stefan Mücke, Alex Macdowell and Darryl O’Young claimed a last-gasp podium finish as Aston Martin Racing saw two cars finish on the podium at the Bathurst 12 hours.
The #76 Aston Martin St Gallen entry of Andreas Baenziger, Florian Kamelger and Chris Porritt were able to claim second place in the GT4 class.
Starting from fifth on the grid, the #97 V12 Vantage GT3 battled hard throughout the twelve-hour event, and were involved in the lead battle heading into the final laps. On the final lap, Mücke made a move on the Bentley of Matt Bell to finishing third, finishing just 2.8 seconds behind the race winning Nissan.
“The V12 Vantage GT3 was fantastic all week and the Craft-Bamboo Racing team did an amazing job to give us a car that could get on the podium in its first attempt at the race,” said Mücke.
“Going into the final lap, I had my sights on the top three and I was determined to get the result that the whole team deserved. Along with the Audi, I applied the pressure to the Bentley and managed to get past on the final corner. It was a great way to end a fantastic week in Australia.”
The #76 Vantage GT4 qualified second place and led the GT4 class for long spells of the race, but ultimately ended the race in second place, but the drivers were not disappointed about the end result.
“We are so happy for the team that worked hard to prepare a car that was just perfect,” commented Kamelger. “As expected, the race was a long and tough one. We are extremely proud that we could finish second in class on this demanding track here Down Under.”
Aston Martin Racing Team Principal John Gaw was delighted with the results seen by the #97 and #76 at Mount Panorama, and was happy to see the cars running almost problem-free throughout the event.
“What an exciting race that was,” said Gaw. “Congratulations to Craft-Bamboo Racing for its overall podium result and to Aston Martin St Gallen for the GT4 podium – both huge achievements.
“It was a tough race that had a record number of safety cars, so for all of our teams to cross the line is a success in itself. All our teams represented our brand exceptionally well and our cars ran pretty much trouble-free.”
The #52 compareinsurance.com.au Aston Martin Racing entry of Pete Storey, Ben Gower and Gordon Sheddon finished eighth in the Pro-Am class, while the #99 Craft Bamboo Racing entry of Frank Yu, Jonathan Venter and Jean-Marc Merlin were just behind them in ninth, meaning a 100% finishing record for the manufacturer.