By Johan Laubscher
The 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour concluded with a nail-biting finish which saw seven manufactures represented within the top seven finishers.
Phoenix Racing’s #15 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Laurens Vanthoor, Markus Winkelhock and Marco Mapelli had been the leading Audi all weekend and started the once-around the clock challenge from pole position. The trio were very competitive and remained within the lead battle throughout the race which came down to a dash to the flag. The closing stages saw a titanic battle between Vanthoor's Audi and Bell's Bentley, before a brief safety car period set up a two-lap sprint to the flag.
There was podium success too for Melbourne Performance Centre and the Marc Cini and Mark Eddy owned #9 Audi R8 LMS ultra. The duo were joined by Christopher Mies and drove to third position in the Class A - GT3 AM (AA) class, tenth place overall.
EVA Racing was next across the line behind the two JAMEC-PEM Audis. Peter Fitzgerald, Michael Almond and Matt Halliday finished fourteenth overall and sixth in the AM class with the #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra.
Kintyre Racing (PPE) had been running well with their Audi TT RS in Class D, but an accident during a caution period ended their participation before the half distance mark of the race. The #55 TT RS was driven by Matt Cherry, Glynn Crimp and Stuart Kostera.