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Bentley breaks through for Bathurst 12H win

Beats McLaren and Mercedes
Sunday, February 2, 2020

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#7 winning Bentley M Sport
#7 winning Bentley M Sport

After five years of trying, close-calls and heartbreak, Bentley has finally won at Bathurst.

The storied British brand triumphed in another dramatic, record-breaking Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama; breaking not only their own Mount Panorama drought but quite literally bringing the rain down as well.

Driven by French drivers Jules Gounon, Maxime Soulet and South African Jordan Pepper, the No 7 Bentley Team M Sport entry started eleventh but headed a majority of the race – only to get to the final hour in front as a major storm front passed through the Bathurst region. 

The rain threatened for hours and finally poured down at the exact moment the Green Bentley crossed the line to win the race; a perfect scenario for a drought-breaking performance. 

Bentley become the sixth different winner from the last six years on the Mountain; the second consecutive brand to win the 12-Hour for the first time and also become part of Mount Panorama history on a record-setting day. 

At 314 laps, the race was the longest 12-Hour on record and included the longest period of racing (4 hours, 10 minutes) without a Safety Car in event history. 

It’s also the lowest starting position – 11th - for a race winning car in 18 editions of the Bathurst 12 Hour. 

The 59 Racing McLaren 720 GT3 driven by Ben Barnicoat, Alvaro Parente and Tom Blomqvist finished second while Triple Eight Race Engineering scored a dramatic podium finish thanks to the efforts of Shane van Gisbergen, Maximilian Goetz and Jamie Whincup. 

Both cars were elevated up one position from their original finishing position following the checkered flag after the Gruppe M Mercedes – that had crossed the line in second – was penalized for a pit stop infringement following the conclusion of the race. 

Race Highlights

Bentley’s remarkable win came despite a near-miss close to the finish when the car suffered a puncture moments before pitting for its final stop of the race. 

“It was an amazing race,” Gounon said. 

“It was really, really tense at the end because I had a puncture before the last stint so the team was really scared after the puncture of (Raffaele) Marciello.

“It was a matter of trying to keep the car away from the kerbs, the debris, so it was tense still; not flat out but trying to manage the problem. It’s amazing for us, amazing for M-Sport, I think the new car showed potential last year and we’ve never had a big win except Paul Ricard, so it’s a big one for us.

“You have those days where everything comes together for you; you see the rain dropping after I passed the line. Thanks to the racing gods I can say it was a good one. When you get a puncture while leading in the last hour at Bathurst, it’s not a nice moment but we’re standing here now.”

McLaren scored their second podium finish on the Mountain thanks to the efforts of 59Racing, the 720S GT3 starring on its Bathurst debut. 

Having started on the front row, the car in the hands of Ben Barnicoatwas an early leader and topped the charts several times throughout the day. 

“Immediately I could feel the car was quick - I was able to get past Patrick Pilet, caught Maxi (Buhk), I saw my chance, took it and it came close but I got it right,” Barnicoat said. 

“That’s what we get paid for… not when you get it wrong! The pace was very good, we mixed up the strategy a bit compared to what we were thinking but in the end it all worked out.” 

Triple Eight backed up fourth in the 2019 12-Hour and second in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 last October with third in the 2020 12-Hour, with their Mercedes AMG GT3 a contender all day. 

“I think it’s stepped up our team and we’re still learning about this carand GT racing.  Jamie and myself are still learning the car, especially at this track where we’re used to the V8,” van Gisbergen said 

“It was a cool finish, having a race with Matty (Campbell). He was trying to put me off, flashing the lights so I put my hazards on to put him off, got him back a bit. It’s a nice surprise to get a podium out of it.”

Defending champion Matt Campbell hustled his Porsche 911 GT3 to fourth position with co-drivers Patrick Pilet and Mathieu Jaminet, while a late pit stop for a puncture relegated day-long contenders Craft Bamboo / Black Falcon and drivers Maro Engel, Luca Stolz and YelmerBuurman to fifth place. 

(L-R) Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet celebrate on the podium.
(L-R) Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet celebrate on the podium.

Grove Racing won the Pro Am class in their Porsche; Stephen Grove, Brenton Grove and Ben Barker finishing 10th outright. 

59 Racing backed up their outright podium with a class victory in the Silver category after a storming drive by Dominic Storey, Martin Kodricand Fraser Ross – the combination finishing eighth overall. 

Aaron Cameron, Broc Feeney and Nick Percat finished 15th outright and won the Invitational class while Darren Jorgensen, Brett Strom and Danny van Dongen won the GT4 category in their BMW M4 GT4. 

23 of the 34 starters finished the race while seven cars finished on the lead lap, equal to the existing record. 

A record three-day attendance of 43,111 attended the 2020 event; an increase of nearly 2,000 people on the previous record despite record-breaking temperatures in the high 30s for a majority of the weekend.

Race Results

Pos.ClassNo.Team /EntrantDriversCarLaps
1A-GT3 Pro7Bentley Team M-SportJules Gounon/Jordan Pepper/Maxime SouletBentley Continental GT3314
2A-GT3 Pro60Team 59RacingBen Barnicoat/Tom Blomqvist/Alvaro ParenteMcLaren 720S GT3314
3A-GT3 Pro888Mercedes-AMG Triple 8Shane van Gisbergen/Jamie Whincup/Max GotzMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo314
4A-GT3 Pro911Absolute RacingMatt Campbell/Mathieu Jaminet/Patrick PiletPorsche 911 GT3 R314
5A-GT3 Pro77Mercedes-AMG Team Yelmer Buurman/Maro Engel/Luca StolzMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo314
6A-GT3 Pro999Mercedes GruppeMMaximilian Buhk/Felipe Fraga/Raffaele MarcielloMercedes-AMG GT3 Evo314
7A-GT3 Pro912Absolute RacingMatteo Cairoli/Thomas Preining/Dirk WernerPorsche 911 GT3 R314
8A-GT3 Silver59Team 59RacingMartin Kodrić/Fraser Ross/Dominic StoreyMcLaren 720S GT3313
9A-GT3 Pro1Earl Bamber MotorsportEarl Bamber/Craig Lowndes/Laurens VanthoorPorsche 911 GT3 R312
10A-GT3 P/A4Grove RacingStephen Grove/Ben Barker/Brenton GrovePorsche 911 GT3 R312
11A-GT3 P/A12EBM-NED Racing TeamDavid Calvert-Jones/Romain Dumas/Jaxon EvansPorsche 911 GT3 R311
12A-GT3 Silver46Black FalconSergey Afanasyev/Patrick Assenheimer/M. BerettaMercedes-AMG GT3311
13A-GT3 Pro18KCMGAle Imperatori/Edoardo Liberati/J. Paulo de OliveiraNissan GT-R Nismo GT3311
14A-GT3 Silver159Garage 59Roman de Angelis/Olivier Hart/Andrew WatsonAston Martin Vantage AMR311
15I-INV91SCANDIA RacingAaron Cameron/Nick Percat/Broc FeeneyFord Mustang MARC II V8310
16A-GT3 Pro76Castrol Racing R-MotorJake Dennis/Scott Dixon/Rick KellyAston Martin Vantage AMR308
17A-GT3 P/A9Hallmarc RacingMarc Cini/Dean Fiore/Lee HoldsworthAudi R8 LMS Evo308
18A-GT3 Pro222Audi Sport ValvolineMattia Drudi/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus WinkelhockAudi R8 LMS Evo308
19A-GT3 Silver29Trofeo MotorsportDean Canto/Grant Denyer/Liam Talbot/Marcel ZallouaLamborghini Huracan GT3300
20A-GT3 P/A75SunEnergy1 RacingKen Habul/Dom Baumann/Martin Konrad/D. ReynoldsMercedes-AMG GT3290
21A-GT3 Silver96Hobson MotorsportBrett Hobson/Kurt Kostecki/Garth WaldenNissan GT-R Nismo GT3288
22C-GT413RHC Jorgensen-StromDarren Eric Jorgensen/Brett Strom/Dan van DongenBMW M4 GT4277
23C-GT419Nineteen Corp.Mark Griffith/Dirk Müller/Harrison NeweyMercedes-AMG GT4270
DNFA-GT3 Pro8Bentley Team M-SportAlex Buncombe/Oliver Jarvis/Seb MorrisBentley Continental GT3225
DNFI-INV20T2 RacingA. Hargraves/Dan Jilesen/Steve Owen/C. SbirrazzuoliFord Mustang MARC II V8203
DNFA-GT3 Pro63Orange1 FFF RacingAndrea Caldarelli/Dennis Lind/Marco MapelliLamborghini Huracan GT3187
DNFA-GT3 Pro30Honda Team MotulDane Cameron/Mario Farnbacher/R. van der ZandeHonda NSX GT3 Evo184
DNFI-INV95GJ MotorsportGeoff Taunton/Bayley Hall/W Luff/Brad SchumacherFord Mustang MARC II V8167
DNFA-GT3 Pro34Walkenhorst MotorsportNick Catsburg/Augusto Farfus/Chaz MostertBMW M6 GT3166
DNFA-GT3 Pro2Audi Sport ValvolineChristopher Haase/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric VervischAudi R8 LMS Evo148
DNFA-GT3 Silver24Tony Bates RacingTony Bates/Geoff Emery/Dylan O'Keeffe/Max TwiggAudi R8 LMS Evo84
DNFA-GT3 Pro22Audi Sport  ValvolineMirko Bortolotti/Christopher Mies/Garth TanderAudi R8 LMS Evo61
DNFA-GT3 Silver6Wall RacingA. Deitz/T. D'Alberto/Cam McConville/J. WestwoodLamborghini Huracan GT343
DNFA-GT3 P/A188Garage 59Chris Goodwin/Come Ledogar/Max Martin/Alex WestAston Martin Vantage AMR37
DNSA-GT3 Pro62R-MotorsportOliver Caldwell/Luca Ghiotto/Marvin KirchhöferAston Martin Vantage AMR0
DNSI-INV92SCANDIA RacingTyler Everingham/James Kaye/Hadrian MorrallFord Mustang MARC II V80
DNSA-GT3 P/A777Triple 8 EngineeringAnton de Pasquale/Nick Foster/Shahin/ ShahinMercedes-AMG GT30
DNSA-GT3 Pro27HubAuto CorsaMarcos Gomes/Daniel Serra/Tim SladeFerrari 488 GT30
DNSA-GT3 Pro35KCMGJosh Burdon/Katsumasa Chiyo/Tsugio MatsudaNissan GT-R Nismo GT30

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