Rossi impresses at Mount Panorama
The SunEnergy1 Mercedes staff, headed by Mount Panorama resident Kenny Habul, has received the 2023 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour race, making it back-to-back crowns for the hometown favourites.
Australian Habul, Frenchman Jules Gounon and German Lucas Stolz claimed the win after 12 Hours of gruelling racing at Austalia’s religious house of motorsport, Mount Panorama.
The 2023 race was stuffed with drama till the very finish, with Mercedes squad GruppeM Racing holding a 30-second lead till a defective modem induced knowledge logging points in Automotive #999.
The staff modified the modem throughout their last pit cease, however that stopped allowed SunEnergy1 to take benefit and race away, solely to carry on and win afte a late surge from rivals.
Jules Gounon, driving for SunEnergy1, inherited the lead after GruppeM’s Maro Engel was pressured to serve a drive-through penalty. Gounon held off strain from Matt Campbell, driving the #912 Porsche, to win the race by 0.9267s after 323 laps overlaying greater than 2000 km.
Luca Stolz and Kenny Habul additionally secured their second straight win at Mount Panorama, whereas Gounon secured his third consecutive win after being a part of the Bentley crew in 2020. Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet, and Thomas Preining took second place, and Engel took third.
Staff WRT completed in fourth and sixth place with MotoGP nice Valentino Rossi taking part in a crucial function in his groups sixth inserting on his spectacular debut behind the wheel at Mount Panorama.
Triple Eight Race Engineering’s staff headed by Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen, completed in fifth place after serving a drive-through penalty.
Melbourne Efficiency Centre received the Professional-Am class with Chaz Mostert ending seventh, and Craft-Bamboo Racing slipped to eighth after Daniel Juncadella crashed late within the race.
The highest 10 was rounded out by MPC Audi, Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG, and MPC additionally received the Silver class.
This afternoon’s outcome rounded out the largest ever LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour occasion, that recorded a document crowd of 53,446 followers over three days, eclipsing the earlier document set in 2019.