Tekno Autosport McLaren drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Alvaro Parente and Jonathan Webb attained Bathurst glory at the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour.
After claiming pole position, Shane van Gisbergen and his team drove their Mclaren to its first win at Mount Panorama. The Kiwi superstar held off reigning champ Katsumasa Chiyo in the Nissan GT-R GT3 for a spectacular finish.
The Tekno Mclaren took the win despite the car stopping on track while exiting the final corner earlier in the race. Thankfully, Alavaro Parente managed to re-set the car on track.
The team faced another major set-back when van Gisbergen was issued a drive-through penalty for speeding in pit lane. Thanks to well-timed safety cars and keen fuel strategy the TEKNO team was able to quickly return to the front.
Van Gisbergen recorded a new outright lap record of the Bathurst circuit. Crossing the finish line in 2m:01.567s, Shane now holds the fastest time ever recorded during a race at the famed circuit, as well as the qualifying record.
Defending winners Katsumasa Chiyo, Ricky Kelly and Florian Strauss enabled tremendous pace in the final laps, but were unable to catch the #59 McLaren. The final winning margin came down to a mere 1.2 second lead against Nissan who finished second.
Trailing the #1 Nissan was Bentley Team M-Sport. After an unsuccesful 2015 race, Matt Bell, Steven Kane and Guy Smith managed to drive their way to the podium, finishing third.
In similar fashion to last year’s race, five different manufacturers claimed top-five positions. The Phoenix Racing Audi R8 nabbed fourth followed by the Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 in fifth.
Shane van Gisbergen’s fastest lap was not the only record broken in the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour. The race was contested over a record 297 laps (1845km) and saw 29 lead changes over the course of the race. A crowd of 37,079 spectators attended the 2016 event, a 15 per cent increase over last year’s crowd.
The Mountain saw multiple crashes in the early stages of the race. Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 driver Nick Percat collided with Mika Salo and his Ferrari 458. The Lamborghini retired instantly whereas the 2014-winning Ferrari competed for another 63 laps before unrepairable damage forced a delayed retirement.
Le Mans winner Earl Bamber, V8 supercar star Scott Mcloughlin and Stephen Grove took their Grove Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup to a Rydges Class B victory. The Melbourne-based team had a slow start but soon found unrivaled pace, finishing on top of their class by 15 laps.
The MARC Cars Australia team dominated their category with a 1-2-3 finish. Aaron Seton, Jake Camilleri and Morgan Haber won the BM Pro Invitational class by nine laps in the #93 MARC Cars Australia Focus.