Ferrari wins a chaotic 12 Hours of Bathurst


Maranello Motorsport has taken victory in the 12 Hours of Bathurst in a career marked by mishaps and that has also been watered by a certain amount of controversy. All in all, the Ferrari 488 GT3 #88 Toni Vilander, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup has scored the win with a lap margin over the Porsche 911 #12 that competed with Patrick Long and Marc Lieb. The podium, for his part, has completed the Bentley Continental GT3 #12 of Steven Kane, Guy Smith and Oliver Jarvis, riders will meet in the Blancpain GT Series in 2017. The Bentley of Andy Soucek has been twelfth.

The first third of the race at Mount Panorama was chaotic. Chaz Mostert put his BMW in head after one of the first restarts after the Safety Car after overtaking the Ferrari 488 GTE with Toni Vilander, as a prize for his pole position, he received a Drive-Through. All in all, the good work of Craig Lowndes returned to the fight at the car from Maranello Motorsport in front of the Mercedes-AMG #22 Craig Baird, Shane Van Gisbergen and Maro Engel. Immersed in the battle, too, was the Nissan GT-R #24, one of the few survivors of the various incidents during the first three hours of the test.

However, Max Twingg had to get back to the pits to
repair the damage in the front of the BMW M6 GT3 #90, , while the
Porsche #911 piloted by Earl Bamber was suffering a touch with one of the GT4
staying out of the race despite having led the race. Even the Nissan GT-R #23 lost several laps after his great initial role with vibration problems in the transmission. By then, the Bentley Continental GT3 #8 of Andy Soucek was in full comeback after the touch against the wall derived from a puncture suffered by Maxime Soulet at the first change.


The selection of favorites and fallen gave way to
a merciless fight between Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup, or what is the
same, between the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #22 and the Ferrari 488 GT3 #88. A fight that
has been preceded by controversy, the entire time that Craig Baird pushed the gravel to the
during one of the periods of Safety Car, although the penalty of 10
seconds of Stop&Go received allowed both cars return to track
back together. Following the signing of a remarkable comeback and reached the ecuador of the
race, Jamie Whincup was back to put the lead at Ferrari 488 GT3 #88.

With five cars in the back of the leader, Toni Vilander is
rose as protagonist with a searing pace
that enabled him to lead the
race ahead of the Porsche 911 #12 Patrick Long and the Mercedes-AMG GT3
#22 with Maro Engel behind the wheel. Oliver Jarvis with the Bentley #17 became
the fourth in discord
in one phase of the race where that stops
in the pit were dancing positions. All in all, the maneuver to the boundary between
Patrick Long and Maro Engel
, Drive-Through by the driver of the Porsche, not
managed to define the race between these four cars.

All in all, the victory of the Ferrari 488 GT3 #88 are built up in
the last three hours thanks to the strategy and the pace of Toni Vilander
before that little or nothing could make the pilots of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 #22, which
in addition to of the hand of Shane Van Gisbergen stayed out of the race after a touch against the
wall. That mishap left a tray in the second position to the Porsche 911 #12
David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb and Matt Campbell and third place
for the Bentley #17 Steven Kane, Guy Smith and Oliver Jarvis. For his part,
the hand of a brilliant Andy Soucek Bentley #8 back to the
twelfth square