Campbell claims first Bathurst pole for Porsche
Local driver Matt Campbell claimed a sensational pole position, the first for Porsche at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, first round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The 24-year-old Australian, who won the same race 12 months ago, was the final driver to run in Bathurst’s Shootout. And the Absolute Racing ace didn’t disappoint en route to a 2m03.5554s, which was enough to beat Alvaro Parente’s provisional pole-sitting McLaren by 0.2248s.
Raffaele Marciello lines up third in the first of three Mercedes-AMGs. The Italian initially hustled his GruppeM entry to fastest time before losing out to Parente by less than half-a-tenth.
He’d earlier usurped the impressive João Paulo de Oliveira who picked up four places from his qualifying position. KCMG’s Nissan also ensured that as many different manufacturers will occupy the top-four grid slots.
Laurens Vanthoor helped last year’s winners, EBM, qualify fifth after failing to match the heroics of fellow Porsche factory driver Campbell, while Maro Engel slipped from second to sixth in the Mercedes-AMG co-run by Craft-Bamboo and Black Falcon.
The best of the Audis starts seventh courtesy of Kelvin van der Linde whose Team Valvoline R8 LMS GT3 shares row four with Shane van Gisbergen’s Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG.
Marco Mapelli’s Lamborghini and Jake Dennis’ Aston Martin completed the top-10.
Ferrari’s chances are already over following HubAuto Corsa’s accident in morning practice.