Mount Panorama acts as the master of ceremonies and host. However, the 12 Hours of Bathurst, serve to open a new year in the orbit GT3 and the kick off to the third season of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The combination of both factors gives as result a grid of 53 cars, including more than thirty GT3. Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, Audi and Porsche are the six major manufacturers that will battle it out for the win in an edition in which we give back to appointment official riders, teams with the support of the factory and ingredients to live a great show.
Mount Panorama is a magic circuit, one of those tracks that does not leave anyone indifferent. Thanks to this, the 12 Hours of Bathurst have acquired a world fame, even though this is a test with a relatively short history, dating back to 1991. All in all, this is one of the main venues of motorsports australian, in large part by their sections so different. However, in the 6.213 meters that make up Mount Panorama there are big straights, hard braking and important a section of ascent and descent of the great mountain with a winding road that leaves the images to the memory.
Within the aspirants of the victory, it is important to look at the cars that are listed on the Intercontinental GT Challenge. In this aspect, Audi has four cars to which it gives priority and that they are the #22 leads Frédéric Vervisch, the #37 of Stuart Leonard, Robin Frijns and Dries Vanthoor, the #39 of the trio formed by Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda, the iconic team of Aston Martin in the WEC and the #74 of Chris Mies, Christopher Haaser and Markus Winkelhock, current champion of the contest. For his part, McLaren reduces his bet to two cars, with Shane Van Gisbergen, Like Ledogar and Craig Lowdnes in the #58.
So strong is the proposal of Audi as the Porsche, any time there are up to four 911 GT3 enrolled in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, all of them with great drivers. At the wheel of the Porsche #12 will be Patrick Long, while in the #540 will be Marc Lieb accompanying Luca Stolz or Jeroen Bleekemolen. In the #911 and #991 appear the two alignments more strong with Romain Dumas, Dirk Werner, Fred Makowiecki in the first and Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Kévin Estre in the seugndo. Also there are four Mercedes-AMG GT3 to follow, although stand out above all the #56 of Maxi Buhk, Maxi Götz and Alvaro Parente, and the #75 of Tristan Vautier, Jamie Whincup, Raffele Marciello and Kenny Habul.
finally, within the enrollees of the competition of SRO appear the two Bentley Continental GT3 official. In the Bentley #18 will compete Andy Soucek together with Maxime Soulet and Vincent April, being the only rider present in Bathurst. However, not everything is limited to the participants in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and although the brands mentioned have more proposals, will be attentive to what they can do the two BMW M6 GT3, any time in the #43 are joined by Augusto Farfus, Chaz Mostert and Marco Wittmann, while in the #100 they are Steven Richards, Timo Glock and Phillip Eng.
Hours of the 12 Hours of Bathurst 2018
|Day / Time||Session||Duration|
|Thursday, 01/02 – 22:25h||Free practice 1||30′|
|Thursday, 01/02 – 23:00h||Free practice 2||45′|
|Friday 02/02 – 00:45am||Free practice 3||45′|
|Friday 02/02 – 03:35h||Free practice 4||45′|
|Friday 02/02 – 22:55h||Free practice 5||40′|
|Saturday 03/02 – 01:05h||Rating 1 (All Cars)||45′|
|Saturday 03/02 – 01:55h||Rating 2 (Only Class A)||30′|
|Saturday 03/02 – 06:10 am||Top 10 – Shootout (Class A)||50′|
|Saturday 03/02 – 19:45h||12 Hours of Bathurst||720′ + 1 Lap|