14 Feb Bathurst 12-Hour GT: The best of racing
By John Shingleton
I’ve been to a few hundred motor races in the past 60-plus years. I’ve been fortunate to see the “greats” in action — Moss, Clark, Senna, Hill, Rindt, Villeneuve, Prost etc, etc. I’ve seen races all over the world from Macau to Le Mans. I’ve watched many exciting races and more than a few boring contests.
For pure entertainment and hard racing, however, the Bathurst 12 hour GT race on February 3 really was one of the the best, if not the best, I have ever seen. It was a true ripper. The circuit is always superb, the entry was world class and it was a little too hot but that’s my only whinge.
Right from the start the lead changed many times throughout the race among the leading big bunch of cars from Porsche, Bentley, Audi, AMG Mercedes, BMW, Aston Martin and Nissan. In the end the Porsche 911 GT3-R of the EarlBamberMotorsport team driven by Dennis Olsen, Dirk Werner and Aussie Matt Campbell won by a margin of 3.4 seconds from the R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Matt Campbell was the hero of the race after some amazing overtaking moves in the last three laps. A superb race by any measure.
You can see a selection of my photos from the race below, together with a couple of short videos which will convey some of the excitement of the day.
The photographs in this article were taken with the Leica Q and the Fuji X-E2 and 50-230mm Fujinon lens.
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