Podium finish for Audi after a thrilling Bathurst race
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.
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Audi winning the Pro-am Class and narrowly missing out on the outright victory in an exciting Bathurst 12 Hour race