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Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Catford on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:20 pm


Date Locked in for 2010 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour
May 20th, 2010

The 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour is set to be the best yet following confirmation today of the Event’s date and a broader vehicle eligibility list.

Vehicles from the Australian GT Championship will join with vehicles from the Australian Production Car Championship totalling 31 manufacturers eligible to compete in the around-the-clock Enduro at Mount Panorama on 4 to 6 February 2011.

The date was confirmed today by Promoter James O’Brien and locks the Event into its now-traditional position kick-starting the motorsport calendar.

“The Armor All Bathurst 12 hour has established itself as the first major event on the Australian Motorsport landscape each year,” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The early February date keeps us clear of other major motorsport events and offers both competitors and fans with a unique event, at the most iconic circuit in Australia, to start the year.”

More than 100 different models representing 31 manufacturers will make up a new 8 class structure for next year’s Event.

The list ensures that evocative brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche will return to endurance racing at Mount Panorama alongside existing mainstays from Mitsubishi, BMW, Ford and Holden.

The February date ensures that the Race will also be held before the European GT season begins, permitting international entries the opportunity to compete at Mount Panorama against our domestic competitors.

“To say we are excited about the list of vehicles eligible to race in the 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour is an understatement, it will be the most diverse field in Australian Motorsport,” James O’Brien said.

“This years’ race featured around 20 different makes and models and with the addition of vehicles from the Australian GT Championship that is set to increase dramatically.

“Race fans will now get the opportunity to see cars like the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 997 and Aston Martin DBRS9 racing with the cars that have already established their reputations in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s, HSV Commodores and BMWs down to Toyota Celica’s and Renault Clio’s.

“The sight of a full field thundering into turn one just after 6:30am on Sunday, 6 February 2011, should be a sight to behold.”

Competitors interested in finding out more about the 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour should contact Category Administrator Jodi Zylstra via email on or visit ... t-12-hour/


ONE HD the place to watch 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour
June 19th, 2010 admin
ONE HD, Australia’s first 24-hour free-to-air digital sports channel, will broadcast the 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race as part of a new broadcasting package that will see the event reach a wider audience than ever before.

The Australian home of Formula 1, Moto GP, Nascar and a host of other motorsport disciplines, One HD will showcase the inclusion of an array of exotic GT cars into the around-the-clock Enduro, to be held on February 4 – 6 next year.

All the highlights from the race will be captured in a three-hour package to be broadcast on One HD soon after the 2011 event is held.

“One HD is Australia’s 24/7 free to air sports channel and we are delighted to be joining this rapidly growing medium providing world class sport from around the globe to Australia’s sports mad public,” Event Director James O’Brien said.

“Network Ten have a long history with motorsport and the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour will now join Formula One, Moto GP and a range of other motor sport categories on One HD”

Network Ten’s David White said the inclusion of the Armor All Bathurst 12 hour to their broadcasting schedule added to their motorsports portfolio.

“As one of the greatest motor racing tracks in the world, Bathurst is always special to watch and we are delighted to be broadcasting the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour,” he said.

“We are looking forward to showing this incredibly tough race for the drivers, the cars and the teams and hope that viewers enjoy every second of it.”

The race will again be streamed live via the internet, following a successful trial this year that attracted over 20,000 viewers via the event website,

With international interest from fans and potential competitors high, the online coverage will allow a large audience to follow from wherever they may be in the world.

The high level of discussion witnessed this year is also set to grow, a large online community on forums and social networking websites discussing this year’s race as it happened.

“Social Networking is becoming an increasingly large part of motorsport coverage and spreading the message to race fans around the world,” James O’Brien said.

“The live stream of the 2010 race was very successful and there was a huge amount of chat during this years’ coverage. We can only see that building this year and adding a new level of interactivity into the race.”

The 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour is set to be the best yet following confirmation of the Event’s date and a broader vehicle eligibility list.

Vehicles from the Australian GT Championship will join with vehicles from the Australian Production Car Championship totalling 31 manufacturers eligible to compete in the around-the-clock Enduro at Mount Panorama on 4 to 6 February 2011. ... t-12-hour/

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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby AndrewR on Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:55 am

Had me going for a moment with the thread title (24 Hour), if they do a 24 hour I am so there.
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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Catford on Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:02 pm

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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Jonson on Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:22 am

God damn this was fun, would love to go again. I just need to get rich and afford entry and a team....
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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Catford on Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:30 am


AUDI HAS DOMINATED both Friday practice sessions at the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour – but the V10-powered R8 topping the time sheets today wasn’t the one most people expected.

The stunning Black-liveried Audi driven by Germans Christopher Mies, Marc Basseng and Chinese driver Darryl O’Young posted a quick 2m11.64 lap in the dying minutes of the second session when track conditions were at the optimum, to set the fastest time of the day.

Experienced Sportscar driver Marc Basseng set the time, topping the David Wall / Greg Crick / Barton Mawer Porsche GT3 Cup S by 0.7 seconds. The ‘Aussie’ Audi was third overall today after Warren Luff banked a 2m12.44s lap in the first session this morning.

Luff said the practice performance today reinforced the capabilities of the crack Team Joest squad.

“Craig (Lowndes), Mark Eddy and I feel very lucky to be in the car, in such a professional team with a record in endurance races that is second to none.” he said.

“They are such an easy car to drive, it ran really smoothly. I think it is much easier for us in the Australian car to get used to a different vehicle then it is for our team mates to adapt to a new track in their usual car.”

Luff said the difference in lap times between the two cars was down to track position and traffic.

“I didn’t get a clean lap today, there was so much traffic. It is a huge challenge for the race negotiating the slower cars - It will make it interesting.”

V8 Supercar driver David Reynolds took Marc Cini’s Porsche to fourth fastest overall, whilst his 2011 Supercar rival-to-be Steve Owen steered the similar Porsche he will share with brothers James and Theo Koundouris to the fifth-fastest lap of the day.

Audi, Porsche, Ferrari and Mosler were all represented inside the top ten as the automotive exotica took to the famed 6.213km circuit for the first time.

The Class B (GT Challenge) Porsche 997 GT3 of Porsche Champions Matt Kingsley, Roger Lago and David Russell topped their class by finishing a stunning seventh outright in this afternoon’s second session.

Class C for Production-based GT Vehicles was topped by the stunning, bright-pink Nissan GTR R35, who finished the day 12th outright on the time sheets.

The BMW v Mitsubishi battle that has been a feature of the Armor All Bathurst 12 hour for several seasons continued today in the High Performance production class, with the Mitsubishi narrowly coming out on top today in practice.

The car, co-driven by Mark Brame, Peter Conroy and Anthony Robson finished the day 14th outright and just two-tenths of a second faster than their nearest rival, the BMW 335i of Christian D’Agostin, Peter O’Donnell and Matt Hansen.
Cars from Subaru, Mitsubishi and Ford feature in the production high-performance battle this weekend with the ‘showroom showdown’ race set to wage until the flag falls.

In the Production Performance battle, the HSV Holden Astra driven by young guns Chaz Mostert, Ash Walsh and Gerard McLeod topped their class with three BMW 130is in close company.

Joining the Armor All 12 hour field on track today were the five support categories featuring more than 200 competitors.

Formula Vee saw a field of 45 run their first race for the weekend, with Daniel Reynolds of Vintage Vee-Dub Supplies taking the chequered flag in today’s first race.

Victory came for Rick Newman driving a Ford Falcon AU in a seven lap dash for Improved Production, with Jamie Furness winning race one in the HQ Holden series. Rounding out the day was a Group N and Group A & C with Grant Wilson (Camaro) and Edward Singleton (VH Commodore) taking the honours respectively.

Tomorrow will feature qualifying for the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour, with $5000 up for grabs for the combination who scores the Armor All Pole award based on the aggregate time of the three drivers in each car, over two one-hour sessions.

The action-packed program will also include a host of support race action from five categories and on-track entertainment.

For more information, live timing and online video streaming of the Event visit


RESULTS – Practice Sessions - Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour (Combined)

O’Young / Basseng / Mies (A) Audi R8 LMS GT3 2:11.6407
Wall / Crick / Mawer Porsche GT3 Cup S + 0.7125
Eddy / Lowndes / Luff Audi R8 LMS GT3 + 0.8050
Cini / Reynolds / Fiore Porsche GT3 Cup S + 0.8819
Koundouris / Koundouris / Owen Porsche GT3 Cup S + 1.4925
Quinn / Quinn / Baird Porsche GT3 R + 2.0772
Lester / Searle / Simonsen Ferrari F430 GT3 + 4.8026
Lago / Kingsley / Russell (B) Porsche 997 GT3 Cup + 4.8815
Edwards / Bowe / Leahey Ferrari F430 GT3 + 5.8641
Grant / Twigg / Emery Mosler MT900R + 7.9186

12. Alford / Leemhuis / Rose (C) Nissan GTR R35 2:27.0614
14. Conroy / Brame / Robson (D) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2:32.5165
22. Mostert / Walsh / McLeod (E) HSV Astra VXR 2:42.1124
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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Catford on Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:32 am

AUDI AND PORSCHE will go head to head in tomorrow’s Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour after locking out the first three rows of the grid during qualifying today at Mount Panorama.

The pair of Audi Race Experience / Team Joest V10-powered R8 LMS models finished today’s unique qualifying format in first and second position, with the No. 7 car driven by Craig Lowndes, Mark Eddy and Warren Luff taking the top spot and the $5000 from Armor All.

The new qualifying format, a first in Australia, combined the fastest times from each of the three drivers entered in each car – creating an aggregate time to determine their qualifying position.

Lowndes, Luff and Eddy combined to set a qualifying benchmark of 6:35.3 seconds, With V8 Supercar and part-time stunt driver Luff setting the car’s fastest time of the weekend with a scorching 2:09.63 lap early in this morning’s session.

The fastest lap of the day was set by two-time Pole sitter Steve Owen, however the new format dropped the Porsche he will share with James and Theo Koundouris to third on the ‘aggregate’ starting order.

Audi’s Christopher Mies, Marc Basseng and Darryl O’Young will start second; their aggregate time of 6:35.6 seconds was, remarkably, just three-tenths behind their Aussie team-mates but ensuring a 1-2 result for the works-supported team.

Lowndes said that there was more to come from the green, gold and white Audi.

“We know we have got a lot more in the car,” the five-time Bathurst 1000 champion said.

“The car is nice to drive; it’s very forgiving which is something we obviously need in tomorrow’s race.

“It is quite difficult to get a good clean lap around the mountain,” he added.

“It’s a 6.2km circuit but our closing speed is so much different to everyone else’s - especially up the top of the mountain where it is quite difficult to pass.”

“We were very happy with the car and pretty confident no one would be able to go much faster that us today,” Luff added.

Canadian-based Chinese driver Darryl O’Young, a veteran of Sportscar, World Touring Car Championship and DTM racing, said qualifying was an entire team effort.

“It’s really great to be here and have Audi on the one/two,” he said.

“They (the Aussie guys) did a good job teaching us the track. We got good improvements during practice; the whole team has really pulled together.”

The Porsche of Canberra-based James and Theo Koundouris – along with Steve Owen – will start third after having scored the top spot on the grid in both 2009 and 2010.

“Steve did a really good job,” James Koundouris said.

“It’s a shame that we couldn’t get pole like we have for the past two years but that’s the way the rules are. Steve did the quickest lap of the day and did a really good job. We think we have a really good chance tomorrow. We have to stop less than the Audi’s and should be very consistent so we feel pretty confident.”

The VIP Petfoods Racing combination of Tony Quinn, Clarke Quinn and Craig Baird will go from fourth in their GT3R, with another GT3 to start fifth in the form of the Hallmarc sponsored, Marc Cini / David Reynolds / Dean Fiore entry.

Two further Porsche’s, two Ferrari’s and the V8-powered Mosler MT900 will complete the top ten.

In the battle for class honours, the Matt Kingsley, Roger Lago and Darcy Russell 997 GT3 Cup Car not only scored the Class B (GT Challenge) pole position but scored a stunning seventh outright in the process.

The duo of Porsche champions teamed with V8-ace Russell look set to be a fly in the ointment of the leading, outright classed vehicles tomorrow.

‘Godzilla’, the Nissan GTR, returned to the mountain in style today as the Donut King Racing team of Tony Alford, Mal Rose and Peter Leemhuis combined to take the GT Production (Class C) class and score 12th on the starting grid, ahead of the Freestone / Pullin / Seiders Corvette.

The Production Car battle was just as intense as the fight at the front of the field, with just ten seconds – on combined aggregate time - separating four leading cars representing three different brands.

Taking the class pole was the Peter Conroy Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo X of Mark Brame / Peter Conroy and Anthony Robson, just edging out the similar Lancer driven rapidly by Neil McFadyen, Damien Flack and Leigh Burgess.

“It’s great we were able to pull the fastest production lap together,” Anthony Robson said.

“The new thing this year is having to deal with the faster cars which puts us in the middle but it should be a good race.

“The combined times of all of us are close together,” Brame added. “I am really proud we were able to achieve something. It’s really special to do a press conference!”

The two-time outright winning BMW 335i Turbo will start third.

In the Production (Performance) class, the HSV Astra VXR steered by young guns Gerard McLeod, Ash Walsh and Formula Ford champion Chaz Mostert comfortably took class pole position, ahead of the GWS Personnel BMW 130i.

Tomorrow’ Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour will begin with a rolling start at 6:15 AM Australian Eastern Daylight saving time. The race will be streamed live on the internet via with interaction via the Event’s social networking outlets at Facebook and Twitter.
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Re: Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour 4th - 6th February

Postby Catford on Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:51 am


AUDI can now place their name alongside Holden and Ford as holders of classic Bathurst 1-2 finishes, after the pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3 cars from Audi Race Experience Team Joest swept the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour today.

Just as Ford achieved in 1977, and Holden did in 1984, 2003 (Bathurst 24 Hour) and 2010, Audi orchestrated a near-perfect form finish today despite a race that remained unpredictable until the final ten minutes.

The car driven by Germans Marc Basseng, Christopher Mies and Chinese driver Darryl O’Young headed home the ‘Aussie Audi’ of Craig Lowndes, Mark Eddy and Warren Luff in a 1-2 result after tension-filled finale’ to the race.

Both Audi’s had to make unexpected pit stops within the final hour, with Lowndes’ lead of 30-seconds evaporating when the No. 7 car was forced to pit with thirty minutes to go.

Despite a charge that saw Lowndes easily break the GT lap record, his lead was transformed into a near one-minute deficit in an instant and the race looked over for the crowd favourite; but the race still had one final turn before the flag fell.

Darryl O’Young was forced to pit car eight for a splash-and-dash stop within sight of the flag, ensuring the Audi team a chance to create a form-finish with Lowndes eventually following the sister car home by less than a second.

The leading cars competed 292 laps of the 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit, a total of 1,814.19 km – a record for the Event.

As usual Mount Panorama threw everything at teams, with sunshine quickly turning to a brief rain shower after the first three hours of racing.

The VIP Petfoods Porsche GT3 R of Tony Quinn, Klark Quinn and Craig Baird finished a valiant third, one lap behind the leading Audi’s.

The Queensland-based team played a game of cat and mouse with the works Audi’s throughout the race, only falling short when a risky pit-stop strategy didn’t work as planned.

Described as a ‘cunning plan’ by team owner / driver Tony Quinn, the Porsche pitted at the end of the first lap and was one stop ahead of the Audi’s for several hours before a badly-timed Safety Car slowed their charge.

Australian champion David Wall lead his team, along with Barton Mawer and Greg Crick, to fourth overall after struggling to match the outright pace of the top three cars during the race.

The Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car of Roger Lago / Matt Kingsley and David Russell punched above their weight all day to win the Century Batteries GT3 class, and score an outstanding 5th outright.

Despite being out-gunned by the more powerful top-flight GT3 teams, The Falcon Property Group entry dropped just ten laps to the race winner throughout the race and was one of a few cars to have an essentially trouble-free twelve hours.

Ferrari made it three different brands in the top six positions thanks to the Hector Lester / Allan Simonsen / Luke Searle F430 GT3, who endured several technical issues throughout the day to finish twelve laps behind the leader.

Two New Zealand entered Motorsport Services Porsche 996 GT3s (S.ODonnell/S.McLennan/ M.Konopka leading A.Dippie/S.Thompson/ M.Maddren) finished seventh and eighth, whilst the leading Production Cars completed the remainder of the top ten.

The top ten was well represented by five national and five international entrants, with 19 cars classified as finishers after the gruelling race.

Beric Lynton, Matt Mackelden and John Modystach outwitted and outlasted in a battle of survival in Pedigree GT Challenge class, after the Nissan GTR, Chevrolet Corvette and Lotus Exige all struck dramas throughout the race.

The team completed 242 laps, finishing more than 20 ahead of their nearest class rival.

Production cars have remained a high-profile feature of the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour, with Peter Conroy, Anthony Robson and Mark Brame taking their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to the Century Batteries Class D (Production – High Performance) victory after a close battle with BMW and another Mitsubishi.

The result was made more impressive by the fact they scored ninth outright against the GT cars, and completed 256 laps – one short of the most ever by a production car since the race returned in 2007.

The GWS Personnel BMW 335i turbo finished second in class, ahead of the consistent Ford FPV GT-P driven by V8 Supercar driver Steven Johnson, Nathan Tinkler and Jeremy Gray.

In Racer Industries Class E for Performance – Production Cars, the BMW 130 entered by local team GWS Motorsport topped the standings and finishing a stunning 11th outright.

Drivers Bruce Thomlinson, Geoff Fontaine and Richard Gartner completed 244 laps, the most ever by a BMW 130i in the race’s history.

The race was broadcast to a global audience via the internet, with more than 10,000 unique visitors watching the stream throughout the course of the race, from more than ten countries.

Full results are available at
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