Van der Linde sets the Friday pace at Bathurst 12 Hours

Kelvin van der Linde. Picture: Ross Gibb

Kelvin van der Linde dominated the primary evening observe of the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours.

Beginning at 17:05 native time (AEST), the checkered flag didn’t fly till 17:50, throughout which the sky was virtually pitch black.

This got here when 5 minutes had been added to the 40-minute session after the pink flag interval as a result of wreckage at The Chase.

In the long run, van der Linde (#74 Audi Sport Group Valvoline Audi R8 Evo II) grew to become the one driver to enter the two:03s bracket and completed the session off the court docket with 0.3381s.

The South African was quickest after their first lap at The Mountain with 2:08.1310s, which he shaved off two and a half seconds after the following.

Jules Gounon took the #75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 to the highest simply earlier than the pink flags had been waved, at which level van der Linde was on the very best lap of the session.

Van der Linde and Gounon traded additional earlier than the manufacturing unit Audi star crashed in 2:03.9569 that would not roll over.

This bolstered the shape that Brad Schumacher confirmed in #74 throughout Observe 2 earlier within the day.

Chaz Mostert (#65 Coinspot Audi R8 Evo II) reserved the internationals for second place, and Gounon’s time completed fourth in a last-ditch effort by Maro Engel (#91 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3).

Markus Winkelhock (#777 Audi Sport Group Valvoline Audi R8 Evo II) rounded out the highest 5 and have become the primary driver to be successfully locked into Sunday’s race.

That is based mostly on rules the place the driving force beginning in every automobile (darkish) will need to have accomplished no less than two laps throughout Observe 4.

Winkelhock was the one driver to make use of #777; others on that boat had been Broc Feeney (#888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3), Alex Davison (#222 Prostate Most cancers Basis of Australia Porsche 991.2 GT3) and Keith Kassulke (#52 Wheels/FX Racing PNG MARC II Mustang). .

Feeney was a late starter to the session after Prince Jefri Ibrahim had bother throughout Observe 3.

In complete, 19 automobiles crashed #47 Supabarn hit the monitor within the absence of Audi.

Observe 5 will begin tomorrow at 08:05-09:05 AEST.

Outcomes: Observe 4

location # Set driver Automotive Class quickest lap Openness
one 74 Audi Sports activities Group Valvoline Okay. van der Linde/N. Berthon Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:03.9569
2nd 65 coin stain C.Mostert/L.Talbot Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:04,2950 +0.3381
3 91 Mercedes-AMG Group Craft-Bamboo Racing M.Engel/D.Juncadella Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 2:04.3501 +0.3932
4 75 SunEnergy1 Race L. Stolz/J. Gounon Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 2:04.4064 +0.4495
5 777 Audi Sports activities Group Valvoline Markus Winkelhock Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:04.9212 +0.9643
6 24 Tony Bates Racing D. Reynolds/T. Bates Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:05.2554 +1.2985
7 4 Shield Race B.Barker/B.Grove Porsche 911 GT3R APA 2:05.4519 +1.4950
8 17 Group BRM N.Percat/J.Mawson Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:05.7521 +1.7952
9 888 Triple Eight Race Engineering Broc Feeney Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 2:05.8453 +1.8884
10 6 Wall Race T.D’Alberto/D.Wall Lamborghini Huracan GT3 APA 2:06.6945 +2.7376
eleventh 19 Nineteen Company Pty Ltd J.Perkins/W.Brown Mercedes AMG GT3 APA 2:06.7649 +2.88080
12 9 Hallmarc L.Holdsworth/D.Fiore Audi R8 GT3 Evo II APA 2:07.4046 +3.4477
13 45 RAM Motorsports G.Walden/B.Hobson Mercedes AMG GT3 AAM 2:08.0106 +4.0537
14 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Alex Davison Porsche 991 GT3 2nd Era C 2:08.5953 +4.6384
15 50 M Motorsport/ Vantage Racing G.Wooden/D.Wooden KTM X-Spring GT2 I 2:09.4189 +5.4620
16 55 Valmont Race D.Padayachee/S.Pires Mercedes AMG GT3 AAM 2:09.4550 +5.4981
17 95 MARC Vehicles Australia G.Taunton/J.Camilleri MARC II V8 I 2:10.7275 +6.7706
18 52 Wheels/ FX Racing PNG Keith Kassulke MARC II V8 I 2:14.2927 +10.3358
19 eleventh Our Kloud-UpTo11 Motorsports I.Padayachee/E.Constantindis/A.Zerefos Porsche 991 GT3 2nd Era C 2:21.5993 +17.6424
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