Allan Simonsen sent a warning that he and his Ferrari 458 GT3 would mean business at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour when he set a new lap record around Mount Panorama last November. And so it proved in yesterday’s practice when he was the fastest man on track setting a time of 2:08.2824.
That’s still a way off his November mark of 2:04.956, a time which is unlikely to be broken this weekend thanks to a ‘balance of performance’ cap. That cap sets a benchmark time of 2:08 and if any driver goes below that time during any practice or qualifying session they may be subject to a 50kg weight penalty.
AUSmotive is trackside this weekend and has teamed up with photographer Marcel Stawiczny. Here’s a gallery of Marcel’s shots from yesterday. We’ll have more for you throughout the event.