BATHURST 12 HOUR

Intercontinental GT Challenge

Round 1

31 January – 3 February

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Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Ten different GT3 brands accompanied by a 28-car strong GT3 field will assemble for the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama for the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge from January 31 – February 3.

The world-class field features 13 manufacturers across a mix of GT3, GT4, and Invitational Class machinery, with Class A’s 10 brands comprising of Mercedes, BMW, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Nissan, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini.

While the overall grid number, 41, is down on 2018’s 53 cars, the depth and quality of the field is arguably the best-ever seen at the Australian endurance classic, with the depletion largely in the lower classes.

The 2019 edition will mark the 17th running of the Bathurst 12 Hour, with the teams and drivers aiming for the coveted Australian Tourist Trophy.

MOUNT PANORAMA CIRCUIT
est. 1938
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
6.213 KM
23 TURNS 

2018 POLE POSITION
2:01.934

CHAZ MOSTERT
BMW TEAM SCHNITZER
BMW M6 GT3

2018 RACE WINNER
AUDI SPORT TEAM WRT
AUDI R8 LMS GT3

ROBIN FRIJNS
DRIES VANTHOOR
STUART LEONARD
271 LAPS

Chaz Mostert: “I just put my foot down and went as hard as I could go, It was fantastic!”

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Robin Frijns

Robin Frijns

WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 / 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour winner

“I think Jamie Whincup and I were saving fuel—a lot. The gap I had to him was about 3 or 4 seconds and I was trying to keep it like that. I was pushing but still trying to save as much fuel as I could. I don’t think we would have made it if it was full-out green—we were hoping for a safety car.”

Dries Vanthoor

Dries Vanthoor

WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 / 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour winner

“Sometimes we were almost a lap down, then we had a safety car and we were right there again. We just kept our head down… We didn’t hit the wall—let’s put it that way—and that’s not easy here.

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2018 Bathurst 12 Hour

WRT was crowned champion of the Bathurst 12 Hours after the race was called with 20 minutes remaining due to a massive crash on top of the mountain. Before the red flag came out, the sports car classic saw a host of contenders vie for victory, leaving behind impressions worthy of winners. From Chaz Mostert’s alien opening stint into sunrise, to long-time leaders Jamec-Pem, to the army of Porsches storming to the front at go-time, there was never a lack of candidates for the much-coveted jewel of Australian endurance racing. But it wasn’t until WRT made its final push that the eventual winner revealed itself. A gamble on fuel and sheer luck of a premature end left Robin Frijns, Dries Vanthoor and Stuart Leonard on top when the music stopped. 

Latest News

Bathurst 12 Hour gallery

With a daring move down the inside of Jake Dennis' R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Porsche works driver Matt Campbell took the win in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour for GT3 newcomers Earl Bamber Motorsport. The Australian made optimal use of his newer tyres to work...

read more

Jake Dennis: “The Porsche came in like a rocket”

Jake Dennis was one of the stars of the Bathurst 12 Hour, setting quick lap times all weekend long and leading the race in the beautiful grey number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The Briton led the charge for the team’s first adventure in GT3 at Mount...

read more

Bathurst 12 Hour live blog

Welcome to the Bathurst 12 Hour. Today, a field of 38 cars will battle for the Australian Tourist Trophy at Mount Panorama. Lining up the grid under a pitch black sky and taking the green at 5:45 local time, the drivers will race into the morning and through the...

read more

Jake Dennis: “My aim was to take pole or crash”

Despite a blistering pole lap, Jake Dennis’ celebration of winning the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy for the Bathurst 12 Hour was short-lived. Hours after the number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin GT3 came across the finish line in a time of 2:02.4946, the Swiss...

read more

Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying report

With a dramatic lap around Mount Panorama, Jake Dennis seemed to have won the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy. The number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 pilot had the quick lap around the mountain all figured out: the Swiss team dominated all three...

read more

CLASS A/GT3

#107 Bentley Team M-Sport
Bentley Continental GT3
Jordan Pepper Jules Gounon Steven Kane
#108 Bentley Team M-Sport
Bentley Continental GT3
Vincent Abril Andy Soucek Maxime Soulet
#62 R-Motorsport
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
Jake Dennis Marvin Kirchhöfer Matthieu Vaxivière
#760 R-Motorsport
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3

Andreas Baenziger

Matt Parry

Florian Kamelger Peter Leemhuis
#34 Walkenhorst Motorsport
BMW M6 GT3
Christian Krognes Nick Catsburg Mikkel Jensen
#42 BMW Team Schnitzer
BMW M6 GT3
Augusto Farfus Martin Tomczyk Chaz Mostert
#27 HubAuto Corsa
Ferrari 488 GT3
Tim Slade Nick Percat Nick Foster
#51 Spirit of Race/AF Corse
Ferrari 488 GT3
Paul Dalla Lana Pedro Lamy Mathias Lauda
#19 Mercedes-AMG Team Nineteen Corp Black Falcon
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Mark Griffith Christina Nielsen Yelmer Buurman
#75 SunEnergy1 Racing/Erebus Motorsport
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Kenny Habul Dominik Baumann Thomas Jäger
#77 Craft-Bamboo Racing/Black Falcon
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Maro Engel Gary Paffett Luca Stolz
#777 The Bend Motorsport Park/Erebus Motorsport
Mercedes-AMG GT3
David Reynolds Luke Youlden Yasser Shahin
#888 Mercedes-AMG Team Vodafone/Triple Eight/STM
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Craig Lowndes Jamie Whincup Shane van Gisbergen
#999 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Maximilian Buhk Raffaele Marciello Maximillian Götz
#12 Competition Motorsports/McElrea Racing
Porsche 991 GT3R
David Calvert-Jones Jaxon Evans Kévin Estre
#540 Black Swan Racing
Porsche 991 GT3R
Tim Pappas Jeroen Bleekemolen Marc Lieb
#911 Earl Bamber Motorsport
Porsche 991 GT3R
Sven Müller Mathieu Jaminet Romain Dumas
#912 Earl Bamber Motorsport
Porsche 991 GT3R
Matt Campbell Dirk Werner Dennis Olsen
#18 KCMG
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Alexandre Imperatori Oliver Jarvis Edoardo Liberato
#35 KCMG
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Katsumasa Chiyo Tsugio Matsuda Josh Burdon
#2 Audi Sport Team Valvoline
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Christopher Mies Christopher Haase Markus Winkelhock
#3 Audi Sport Team MPC
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Pete Storey Matt Neal Gordon Shedden
#9 Hallmarc
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Marc Cini Lee Holdsworth Dean Fiore
#22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Garth Tander Kelvin van der Linde Fred Vervisch
#98 Matt Stone Racing/Aussie Driver Search
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Todd Hazelwood Roger Lago David Russell
#6 Wall Racing
Lamborghini Huracán GT3

Tony D’Alberto

Adrian Deitz

Jules Westwood Cameron McConville
#29 Trofeo Motorsport
Lamborghini Huracán GT3

Jim Manolios

Dean Canto

Ben Porter Ivan Capelli
#11 Objective Racing
McLaren 650S GT3
Tony Walls Warren Luff Andrew Watson

 

Christian Krognes

— Walkenhorst Motorsport

It’s incredible how the speed just narrows in the track, I was a bit surprised the first time. The walls are always close, and every time you have a little slip, a little moment, you just feel the walls coming towards you, attacking you. You have to be a bit careful and get used to that feeling and once you have that trust you can really go faster.”

Kelvin van der Linde

Audi Sport Team Valvoline

“We learnt a lot last year, learnt from some mistakes that we made, and I think carrying that back with the same driving crew, same engineer and all that, we’re going to really use that as one of our strengths this year. We can basically pick up where we left off and I think that’s a really strong point for us leading into the race.”

Niclas Königbauer

— Walkenhorst Motorsport

“To my knowledge, none of our drivers have ever been to Bathurst and we know that the track is very challenging. Christian will be super strong from the beginning. Mikkel has developed quickly and improved so well in such a short time, he will be spot on from the first lap. And Nicky proved his skills since several years in every race category.”

Gallery

The best photos from the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour taken by Stuart Bowling. Click to see the full gallery.

CLASS B/Porsche GT3 Cup

#4 Grove Racing
Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
Stephen Grove Brenton Grove Ben Barker
#23 Team Carrera Cup Asia
Porsche 991 GT3 Cup

Chris Van der Drift

Philip Hamprecht

Paul Tresidder Jinlong Bao
#43 Ashely Seward Motorsport
Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
Danny Stutterd Sam Fillmore Richard Muscat

Brenton Grove

— Grove Racing

“Last year’s race is kind of a blur. After the first stint I was quite sick, I got a really bad carbon monoxide poisoning. I sat out of the car most of the day, watching the race, sleeping, trying to rehydrate myself. It was quite late in the race when I hopped back in. How it actually panned out, I don’t remember much of it. But to win the race with my father was a dream come true.”

CLASS C/GT4

#13 RHC Lawrence/Strom by MARC Cars
BMW M4 GT4
Daren Jorgensen Brett Strom Gerard McLeod
#55 Ginetta Australia
Ginetta G55 GT4
Brad Schumacher Jimmy Vernon Karl Reindler
#48 M Motorsport/Equity One
KTM X-Bow GT4

Justin McMillan

Peter Major

Glen Wood Dean Lillie
#50 M Motorsport/Vantage Freight
KTM X-Bow GT4

David Crampton

Tim Macrow

Trent Harrison Caitlin Wood
#71 M Motorsport
KTM X-Bow GT4

Dean Koutsoumidis

Mathias Beche

James Winslow Jake Parsons

2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge

Liqui Moli Bathurst 12 Hour

3 February
Mount Panorama Circuit
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

California 8 Hours

30 March
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, California, United States

Total 24 Hours of Spa

27-28 July
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Stavelot, Liège, Belgium

Suzuka 10 Hours

25 August
Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Kyalami 9 Hour

23 November
Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

CLASS I/Invitational

#20 T2 Racing by Liajen Motorsport
MARC Mustang II
Adam Hargraves Daniel Jilesen Steve Owen
#91 MARC Cars Australia
MARC Mustang II
Keith Kassulke Paul Morris Paul Tracy
#92 Liajen Motorsport MARC Car
MARC Focus V8
Jason Busk Geoff Taunton Bryce Fullwood
#96 MARC Cars Australia
MARC Focus V8
Hadrian Morral Einar Thorsen Mathijs Bakker

Bathurst 12 Hour Winners

2018 Audi Sport Team WRT
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Robin Frijns
Dries Vanthoor
Stuart Leonard
2017 Maranello Motorsport
Ferrari 488 GT3
Craig Lowndes
Toni Vilander
Jamie Whincup
2016 Tekno Autosports
McLaren 650S GT3
Álvaro Parente
Shane van Gisbergen
Jonathon Webb
2015 NISMO Athlete Global Team
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Katsumasa Chiyo
Wolfgang Reip
Florian Strauss
2014 Maranello Motorsport
Ferrari 458 GT3
John Bowe
Peter Edwards
Craig Lowndes
Mika Salo
2013 Erebus Motorsport
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
Thomas Jäger
Alexander Roloff
Bernd Schneider

2012 Phoenix Racing
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Christer Jöns
Christopher Mies
Darryl O’Young
2011 Joest Racing
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Marc Basseng
Christopher Mies
Darryl O’Young
2010 Eastern Creek International Karting
BMW 335i
John Bowe
Garry Holt
Paul Morris
2009  Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Tony Longhurst
Rod Salmon
Damien White
2008 SKWIRK.com
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
Graham Alexander
Rod Salmon
Damien White
2007 Eastern Creek Karts P/L
BMW 335i
Craig Baird
Garry Holt
Paul Morris
1994 Mazda Motorsport
Mazda RX-7
Neil Crompton
Gregg Hansford
1993 Mazda Australia
Mazda RX-7
Alan Jones
Garry Waldon
1992 Mazda Australia
Mazda RX-7
Mark Gibbs
Charlie O’Brien
Garry Waldon
1991 Fitzgerald Racing
Toyota Supra Turbo
Nigel Arkell
Peter Fitzgerald
Allan Grice

Schedule

Friday

Local European Standard Time Duration Session
8:50-9:20 22:50-23:20
(Thursday evening)
0:30 Practise 1
(excluding Class A Plantinum and Gold drivers)
9:25-10:25 23:25-0:25 1:00 Practise 2
11:10-12:10 1:10-2:10 1:00 Practise 3
15:15-16:15 5:15-6:15 1:00 Practise 4

Saturday

Local European Standard Time Duration Session
8:35-9:35 22:35-23:35
(Friday evening)
1:00 Practise 5
11:20-12:05 1:20-2:05 0:45 Qualifying session 1
12:10-12:40 2:10-2:40 0:30 Qualifying session 2 – Class A
16:40-17:25 6:40-7:25 0:45 Qualifying Top 10 Shoot-out – Class A

Sunday

Local European Standard Time Duration Session
5:45-17:45 19:45-7:45
(Saturday evening)
12:00 Race

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Bathurst 12 Hour gallery

With a daring move down the inside of Jake Dennis' R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Porsche works driver Matt Campbell took the win in the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour for GT3 newcomers Earl Bamber Motorsport. The Australian made optimal use of his newer tyres to work...

Jake Dennis: “The Porsche came in like a rocket”

Jake Dennis was one of the stars of the Bathurst 12 Hour, setting quick lap times all weekend long and leading the race in the beautiful grey number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The Briton led the charge for the team’s first adventure in GT3 at Mount...

Bathurst 12 Hour live blog

Welcome to the Bathurst 12 Hour. Today, a field of 38 cars will battle for the Australian Tourist Trophy at Mount Panorama. Lining up the grid under a pitch black sky and taking the green at 5:45 local time, the drivers will race into the morning and through the...

Jake Dennis: “My aim was to take pole or crash”

Despite a blistering pole lap, Jake Dennis’ celebration of winning the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy for the Bathurst 12 Hour was short-lived. Hours after the number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin GT3 came across the finish line in a time of 2:02.4946, the Swiss...

Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying report

With a dramatic lap around Mount Panorama, Jake Dennis seemed to have won the Allan Simonsen Pole Position Trophy. The number 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 pilot had the quick lap around the mountain all figured out: the Swiss team dominated all three...

GT REPORT YEAR BOOK 2018

GT REPORT is going analog. All of our coverage of the 2018 Blancpain GT, VLN and British GT championships brought together in a hard back 25x20cm (10×8 inches) book that will take pride of place on your coffee table whilst you dip in and out savouring the beautiful photography and insightful writing.

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