Audi on the Front Row of the Grid for Bathurst 12 Hour

source: Audi Australia

  • Audi to start in second and third positions on the grid after exciting Top 10 Shootout
  • Three Audi teams in the top 10 grid positions
  • Just 0.235 seconds separate first and second in Top 10

Bathurst – Audi has continued its electrifying form of yesterday to reserve a place on the front row of the grid for the start of tomorrow’s Bathurst 12 Hour. Kelvin van der Linde pulled out all stops to produce a 2:02.1696s – just 0.235 seconds off pole position.

Three Audi customer cars did battle in the Top 10 Shootout having finished qualifying in positions 1, 7 and 8. Robin Frijns in the #37 Audi Sport Team WRT was the first Audi out on the track, posting a 2:03.4485s lap. But it was Christopher Haase in the #74 Valvoline Jamec Pem R8 LMS who made the early running, blazing around the 6.2km circuit in 2:03.2352s to take the lead.

Haase’s lap remained the benchmark until the end of the shootout, when the BMW of Chad Mostert produced a flying lap to reset the bar. With just the final Valvoline Jamec Pem Audi left to run, the pressure was on 21-year-old South African, Kelvin van der Linde, who produced a perfect lap to bring the R8 LMS in within two tenths of a second of the leader and secure a front row start for the #22 car.

The final positions for the 5:45am start of the race then will see the #22 Audi on the front row of the grid with Kelvin van der Linde behind the while, while the sister car, #74 will start from the second row in third position. The Belgian Audi Sport Team WRT will start from seventh position to round out the top 10 paces.

Audi Sport customer racing grid positions

Position 2.
Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing (Audi R8 LMS)
Kelvin van der Linde/Garth Tander/Fre´de´ric Vervisch

Position 3.
Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing (Audi R8 LMS) 
Christopher Haase/Christopher Mies/Markus Winkelhock

Position 7. 
Audi Sport Team WRT (Audi R8 LMS) 
Robin Frijns/Stuart Leonard/Dries Vanthoor

Position 12. 
International Motorsport (Audi R8 LMS) 
Richard Bagnall/Matt Halliday/Jonny Reid

Position 16. 
Supabarn (Audi R8 LMS) 
James Koundouris/Theo Koundouris/ Duvashen Padayachee/Ash Walsh

Position 18. 
Audi Sport WRT (Audi R8 LMS) 
Paul Dalla Lana/Will Davison/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda

Position 19. 
Hallmarc (Audi R8 LMS) 
Marc Cini/Dean Fiore/Lee Holdsworth

Position 20. 
ASR (Audi R8 LMS) 
Daniel Gaunt/Ash Samadi/NN (NZ/AUS)

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