Phoenix Racing Press Release
The pole position and a lap record for Phoenix Racing! The #15 Audi R8 LMS ultra from Ernst Moser’s team will be on the top spot of the grid when the 12-hour race starts at Bathurst, Australia, on early Sunday morning at 5.50 a.m., local time. The second Phoenix Audi designated as #16 is going to tackle this challenging endurance race at Mount Panorama 200 kilometres west of Sydney from the seventh row of the grid.
With a time of 2m 02.5521s Laurens Vanthoor in the black Phoenix R8 sporting distinctive kangaroo graphics set a new lap record for the 6.21-kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit in the final qualifying session. On setting this impressive record lap the driver trio consisting of Laurens Vanthoor (B), Markus Winkelhock (D) and Marco Mapelli (I) outperformed the strong GT3 competition of Lamborghini, Nissan, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes, McLaren and Bentley.
In perfect weather 23-year-old Laurens Vanthoor, the reigning champion in both Blancpain GT series, was more than happy with his dream lap as well: “Pole and the lap record are obviously great. That was really good fun. But it’s only a part of the battle because the trophy will only be awarded on Sunday after the race. We’ve got a very good package. All we’ve got to do now is make sure we do a good job and, above all, make no mistakes.”
In the sister car that also sports conspicuous graphics – a green crocodile – Christopher Haase, the two-time winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, set a lap time of 2m 04.7293s at Mount Panorama Circuit. For Christopher Haase (D) and his teammates Stephane Ortelli (MC) and Felix Baumgartner (A) this time meant grid position 13.
For extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner the Bathurst 12 Hour marks the second major endurance race in the Audi R8 LMS ultra following the Nürburgring 24 Hours last year. “I had the opportunity to get in more driving time in practice then I’d been hoping and learned a lot. The R8 is perfectly set up. Now I’m excited about what’s in store for me in the race.”
Live streaming of the race is available at www.bathurst12hour.com.au.