Podium fin­ish for Audi af­ter a thrilling Bathurst race

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Audi has achieved a thrilling podium fin­ish at Mount Panorama, win­ning the Proam Class and nar­rowly miss­ing out on the out­right victory in an ex­cit­ing Bathurst 12 Hour race.

The 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour race was de­cided in an ex­tra­or­di­nary two-lap sprint to the fin­ish af­ter a race that saw a record num­ber of ac­ci­dents and 20 safety car ap­pear­ances through­out the day.

In a race that nearly fin­ished un­der safety car con­di­tions, the fi­nal laps came down to a four-way sprint be­tween the #15 Audi R8 LMS ul­tra, #35 Nis­san, #10 Bent­ley and the #97 Craft Bamboo As­ton Martin.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of traf­fic and the fi­nal safety car, the Nis­san man­aged to take the lead, cross­ing the line just 2.45 sec­onds ahead of the Audi R8 LMS ul­tra in a stunning fin­ish.

The re­sult gave Audi the Pro-am class victory and sec­ond over­all in a race that didn’t lack for in­ci­dent or ex­cite­ment from the first lap to the last over the gru­el­ing 12 hours.

The #15 Audi R8 LMS ul­tra en­trant by Phoenix Rac­ing, with its spec­tac­u­lar ‘ Kan­ga­roo’ livery, set the pace from the be­gin­ning, with Markus Winkel­hock rac­ing away from the start and build­ing a com­mand­ing lead.

A blis­ter­ing 2:03.3091 on lap 29 was the fastest rac­ing lap ever achieved by a GT car at Bathurst and left no-one in any doubt as to the speed and com­mit­ment of the Phoenix Rac­ing team.

But as on-track in­ci­dents be­gan to mount in the large field, and the safety car be­came an all too familiar sight on the track, the lead changed con­stantly through­out the race.

The Audi R8 LMS ul­tra #16 Phoenix Rac­ing en­try of Felix Baum­gart­ner, Christo­pher Haase and Stephane Ortelli climbed through the field to join the top five cars, ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing in ninth po­si­tion to round out a strong per­for­mance for the race.

The Audi R8 LMS ul­tra #9 Hall­marc / Net­work Cloth­ing en­try driver by Marc Cini, Mark Eddy and Christo­pher Mies was con­sis­tently quick through­out the day, and de­spite the heat and safety car con­di­tions, ran a fault­less race to cross the line just be­hind the Phoenix Rac­ing #16 ‘Crocodile’ car, round­ing out the Top 10.

For a full run­down on Audi and their ve­hi­cles call into the Audi Cen­tre Shep­par­ton, 325 Mid­land Hwy, or phone Toby on 5822 5811.

Audi win­ning the Pro-am Class and nar­rowly miss­ing out on the out­right victory in an ex­cit­ing Bathurst 12 Hour race

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