Saturday, February 7, 2015

Erebus Mercedes Leads Halfway Point at Bathurst

The first half of the 14th Bathurst 12 Hour has been littered with safety cars and when the clock clicked to the six-hour mark the race has between the safety car once again and the #36 Erebus Mercedes of Jack LeBroq leading as the field cycles through pit stops. Last year's Gulf 12 Hour winner Stephan Wyatt runs in second in the #77 AF Corse Ferrari with the #10 M-Sport Bentley of Steven Kane in third.

The #35 NISMO GTR GT3 is in fourth position with Katsumasa Chiyo behind the wheel. Pole-sitter Laurens Vanthoor rounds out the top five in his #15 Phoenix Racing Audi. The #15 has been up at the front all race long and pitted under the safety car period at the halfway mark. Stefan Mücke makes it six different manufactures in the top six as the German has the #97 Craft Bamboo Aston Martin in sixth with the #16 Phoenix Racing Audi of Christopher Haase in seventh, the final car on the lead lap. The leaders had completed 134 laps at the halfway point.

The first car one lap down is Erebus' #63 Mercedes featuring young driver Natham Morcom, Simon Hodge and Austin Cindric. Morcom is currently behind the wheel. The #49 Vicious Rumour Racing Ferrari of Andrea Montermini is ninth and the #8 Flying B Bentley with defending race winner Peter Edwards rounds out the top ten.

Graeme Smyth has the #27 T F M Ferrari in 11th with the #12 Ice Break Porsche of Chris Pither in 12th. Andy Soucek and the #11 M-Sport Bentley is the first car two laps down in 13th. GT World Champion Toni Vilander has the #33 Clearwater Racing Ferrari in 14th with two time Bathurst 12 Hour winner Christopher Mies rounding out the top fifteen in the #9 Hallmarc/Network Clothing Audi. Steve Mclaughlin is 16th in the #75 Jamec Pem Audi and the #32 JBS Australia Lamborghini of Steve Owen is the final car two laps down.

Greg Crick is 18th, three laps down in the #74 Jamec Pem Audi. The Class B leading #4 Grove Group Porsche of Luke Youlden is in 19th with Matt Halliday rounding out the top twenty, four laps down in the #2 Fitzgerald Racing/Evolve Technik Audi.

The #93 MARC Cars Australia Focus of Adam Gowans was the Class I leader at the midway point. Gowans was 22nd, four laps down.

Peter Leemhuis has the #54 Donut King Lotus leading Class C, 30th overall and 11 laps down.

Beric Lynton has the #23 Bruce Lynton BMW on top in Class D, 34th overall, 13 laps down.