Bathurst 6 Hour
Qualifying for the 2021 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour is officially out of the way and it was Shane van Gisbergen who steered his Prestige Connex BMW M4 to pole position.
It’s unlikely if the champion driver will start tomorrow’s race or whether either of his teammates in Shane Smollen or Robert Rubis will, but van Gisbergen has certainly been the standout performer this weekend.
Starting on the front row beside the M4 after falling short by just three hundredths of a second will be 2018 champion Grant Sherrin and new co-driver David Russell in the Sherrin Rentals BMW M4.
Reigning champions in Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey in the Bruce Lynton M4 will have to start their title defence from P3 after they clocked in a lap just one and half seconds slower than the pace setters.
The six hour endurance race will begin at 11:15am AEST tomorrow morning.
The National Trans Am Series
Aaron Seton finished Saturday with the day’s honours having won both of the category’s races.
In the first race, which ended under a safety car, Seton comfortably led every lap from start to finish with Nathan Herne and Owen Kelly behind him for the whole race.
In the series’ second race for the day, Herne actually managed to pass Seton early on and held the lead for a while, but the number one seed showed his class and eventually got past him towards the final stint of the race to take it out.
It was the same top five in both races as Owen Kelly, Tim Brook and Eden Thornburrow finished third to fifth respectively.
The National Trans Am Series is back tomorrow morning at 8:15am.
Supercheap Auto Bathurst TCR Australia
After more than 12 months of waiting, the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series finally got to race at Mount Panorama and spectators were not left disappointed as both of today’s races were highly entertaining, albeit very similar to each other.
The battle at the top of the field was between Chaz Mostert and Aaron Cameron and on both occasions, Mostert started on pole, Cameron jumped him off the line and took the lead.
Mostert then spent the next five laps chasing Cameron down, before eventually passing him and crossing the chequered flag first. In both races, Garth Tander finished third.
While the two leading drivers put on a show for all to see, it was Jordan Cox who would have been considered as the category’s driver of the day after climbing 18 places over the course of both races.
After starting at the back of the grid due to an accident in qualifying, Cox moved up from P22 to inside the top 10 during race one before climbing a further five spots to finish the day in fourth.
The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series is back tomorrow morning at 10:12am.
GT World Challenge Australia
Another epic contest today in the Motorsport Australia GT Championship with the first of two 60-minute races going right down to the wire.
While Garth Tander and Yasser Shahin looked on track to make it three wins from three races in the 2021 championship after solid qualifying and practice sessions, the one thing they couldn’t stop was the unbelievable form of van Gisbergen, who is completing double duties this weekend quite comfortably.
The New Zealander has been in impeccable form as of late and continued his golden run at Bathurst by leading the way in the silver Mercedes AMG GT3 alongside Prince Jefri Ibrahim.
Chaz Mostert and Tony Bates were also in contention for a victory, but were handed a penalty for going early on their compulsory pit stop. Mostert was able to work his way back up for a podium finish despite the penalty, but finished 40 seconds behind the #888 Mercedes.
The category’s second one-hour race of the round will be at 8:50am AEST tomorrow morning.
The GTs weren’t the only category to have an entertaining three-horse race today with Radicals Australia’s only outing providing spectators with plenty of memories.
Having dominated all weekend, Neale Muston was on track to take out the win but a safety car period plus a pit penalty dropped the SR8 driver down to the midfield.
Muston’s demotion allowed Brad Shiels, Peter Paddon and Chris Perini to make their way to the front of the grid where they battled hard for the outright race one win.
With all three drivers getting multiple opportunities for the win, Shiels and Paddon eventually broke away as the latter was able to just sneak over the line in first place by less than a second.
It sets up an exciting contest tomorrow morning with the category to open up proceedings at 7:05am AEST.
MRF Excel Bathurst Challenge
It was a tough day at the office for the MRF Excel Bathurst Challenge with both of Saturday’s races finishing under a safety car.
As the first category on track this morning, there was plenty of anticipation surrounding the 55-car field, especially after an entertaining race yesterday.
Unfortunately the race was unable to live up to the expectation as a few cars crashed on the opening turn, which saw the whole race run under a safety car before being eventually called off.
In its final race of the weekend, competitors managed to squeeze in a couple of laps before another incident called for a safety car period that lasted until the category’s allotted time slot finished.
Cam Wilson ended the day in front after winning yesterday, while Marcus Fraser and Liam Gretgrix rounded out the top three just behind him.
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