12h Bathurst

Successful title defense for Audi at Bathurst

The 12-hour race at Bathurst in the Australian state of New South Wales is the major endurance race on the fifth continent. For fans and drivers, the 6.213-kilometer race track at Mount Panorama, around 200 kilometers west of Sydney, is a dream. The rollercoaster circuit features 170 meters of vertical distance, includes 23 turns, makes for high suspense with unusual radii and barriers closely lining the track, and is regarded as the home of Australian motorsport. When not used as a race track on weekends, the circuit, similar to the one at Le Mans, is open to normal road traffic.

In 2012, Audi Sport customer racing competed in this race as the title defender. Team Phoenix Racing fielded two Audi R8 LMS cars. The black GT3 race car designated as car number “1” bore the typical yellow road sign with a kangaroo on its flanks. The white number “2” featured graphics depicting a redback spider and its web.

After a nail-biting race in difficult conditions with plenty of rain and fog, car number “1” saw the checkered flag as the winner with a lead of 1m 13.284s. The vehicle was driven by Christer Jöns, Christopher Mies and Darryl O’Young. Car number “2” with the Australians Mark Eddy, the five-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff at the wheel retired after an accident.