SVG WINS BATHURST 6 HOUR

Garry O’Brien

In a remarkable Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour where 11 cars finished on the lead lap, Shane Van Gisbergen, Shane Smollen, and Rob Rubis were the victors by 12.5s in their BMW M4.

Class X BMWs filled the top three places with the 2019 winners Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey second 4.2s ahead of Grant Sherrin and David Russell. Tim Slade and Brad Carr appeared in line for a win, having dispensed with their final pitstop and leading the race. But for a blistered tyre forced them to pit again. They fought back from 12th to finish fourth outright.

A five-second penalty for the race winners for an infringement behind a safety car, ensured Van Gisbergen stretched the winning margin to cover the gap and coincidently the leading Class A2 car and fifth outright Ford Mustang GT of Paul Morris, George Miedecke, and Brodie Kostecki were in the same scenario.

They also battled handling issues when the front spoiler was damaged earlier in the day and Kostecki becoming sick from fumes in the car. Morris brought the car home 9.5s in front of class rivals and sixth outright Coleby Cowan and Lindsay Kearns in another Mustang.

Leading the A1 brigade to the flag were Ollie Shannon, Brett Hobson, and Michael Sheargold (Mercedes AMG A45) ahead of Tony and Kyle Alford (A2 Mustang), the Yasser Shahin/Rod Salmon/Neale Muston A45, and tenth placed Jimmy Vernon/Mark Griffith A1 Mitsubishi EVO X.

Placed 14th overall were the Class D winners Lachlan Mineeff and Tom Sargent in their Toyota 86 GTS with second in class, cousins Ben and Jude Bargwanna (VW Golf GTi), on the same lap. Class C was taken out by 22nd placed Josh Haynes and Kaide Lehmann (Renault Megane) ahead of Doug Westwood and Corey Gillis (BMW M3 E36).

The other class winners were Peter O’Donnell, Peter Johnston, and Garry Mennell (B1 BMW 335i), Matt Forbes-Wilson, Ash Seisun, and Michael Ferns (B2 Holden Commodore SSV), and Brianna Wilson, Jake Lougher, Phil Alexander (Class E Mazda 3-SP25).

The race went 120 laps and featured 11 safety cars while over the three days of the Easter weekend a crowd of 15,000 passed through the gates.

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