Feb 15, 2016
Podium finish for 12 Hour
Wall Racing – Podium finish at Bathurst 12 Hour
Wall racing returned once again to this year’s Bathurst 12hr event with high hopes, putting forward two cars in the competitive class B.
Car 38 the 2009 model Porsche Cup S of Paul Tresidder this year joined by David Wall and Daniel Bilski.
The car qualified p2 in class by David and after an earlier set back in practice where Paul was left no where to go leaving him making contact with a slower car then the wall. After the repair on Friday evening and a positive qualifying session on Saturday team was happy with the car and ready to tackle the big day that lay ahead.
Car 6 of Richard Gartner’s was once again joined by Aaron Zerefos and two new faces to the 12 Hour line up this year drivers Michael O’Donnell and Indiran Padayachee. Richard Qualified the car p7 in class and was very happy they would have a good race car heading into the big race.
With a 3.30am wake up call to ready the cars for the race everyone was in high spirits and excited to see what this year’s race will bring. With all final checks complete the cars left pit lane, David Wall starting WOTSO Workspace car 38 and Richard Gartner starting the SAFE-T-STOP car 6.
The race got underway and it wasn’t long before the first incident at turn 2 slowed the field, but both our car’s came out the other side well with David coming out around p1 in class and Richard p5. The race settled down with both cars more than happy with there progress in the first stint. All drivers then started to line up for their stints with everyone not only driving well and staying out of trouble but also lapping faster then they have ever before at the mountain.
At the 6 hr mark car 38 was in a great position but it was to be short lived with the car eventually retiring with a broken gearbox caused from the damage sustained earlier in the weekend. Car 6 however was continuing to push on and was now a comfortable p3 in class. As the race continued car 6 was cut off by a Lamborghini and was lucky not to have the damage put them out of the race, although it did have bent steering the team elected to push on and this was a good decision as one hour from the end the car had now elevated to p2 in class. The last hour a safety car was called and this was perfect for our strategy with the car coming in for its last stop and Richard back behind the wheel to bring the car home it would be tight on fuel but we got home p2 in class and p16 overall a great result for the 2007 cup car. ( the oldest car in the calss B feild )
Well done to our entire team with everyone from our cooks to drivers all 25 put in a massive effort and it was great to make the podium for the finish.
Bring on next year what a great way to kick of 2016.