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Audi R8 LMS Wins 2012 Bathurst Race - Web Exclusive

Returning to defend its 2011 race win, the Audi R8 LMS remains "King of the Mountain" at Bathurst thanks to a repeat performance.

Feb 28, 2012
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On Australia’s most challenging track, the GT3 sports car defended its title at the 12-hour race driven by Christer Jöns (D), Christopher Mies (D) and Darryl O’Young (HK).

The Mount Panorama race was won in extremely difficult conditions. Rain, fog, several lead changes and numerous safety car periods interrupted the trio’s rhythm but they pulled off the win by a very narrow 1min 13sec margin.

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Varying intensities of rain and dense fog had caused a number of spins and yellow periods. The first four hours of the race saw three different vehicles take the lead. From the fourth hour onward, Phoenix Racing prevailed at the front, with both R8 LMS cars fighting for top position.

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Even a spin and an excursion into the gravel trap that temporarily relegated the number "1" R8 LMS to third place could not prevent Jöns/Mies/O’Young from taking victory.

The triumph at Bathurst marked the 119th win in the three-year career of Audi’s customer R8 racecar.

The second Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix Racing was less fortunate. The Australian trio of Warren Luff, Craig Lowndes and Mark Eddy initially gave a strong performance, advancing to the front from fifth place.

In the fourth and fifth hour of the race, the number "2" R8 LMS was leading but a five-minute penalty for a severed refueling hose caused the car to lose four laps at the mid-point.

Afterward, on lap 157, Mark Eddy lost control of his car in dense fog and heavy rain. He crashed into a concrete wall on "The Dipper". He was forced to retire with front and rear suspension damage.

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As early as lap 60, the Audi R8 LMS of Team United Autosports had become victim to the treacherous conditions as well. Frank Yu spun and damaged the car heavily after hitting a wall. Neither of the two drivers sustained any injuries in their accidents.

Audi has now won four major endurance races within 12 months, having recorded two successes at the Bathurst 12 Hours and one victory each at the 24-hour races on the Belgian circuits at Spa and Zolder, plus GT3 class victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.



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