Bathurst 12H: Maranello Motorsport Ferrari wins dramatic Bathurst 12h

Bathurst 12H: Maranello Motorsport Ferrari wins dramatic Bathurst 12h


February, 5th 2017-Almost a decade since scoring a hat-trick of Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victories, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have rekindled their partnership in perfect fashion.

In a dramatic finish to the Bathurst 12 Hour, Whincup drove the Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 that he shared with Lowndes and Toni Vilander to victory.

Whincup, who made his GT Racing debut this weekend was ecstatic about the result.

The Triple Eight-assisted Ferrari team waged a race long war with the Shane van Gisbergen-led Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes, which finally ended with a crash for the Kiwi.

Whincup and Van Gisbergen had re-entered their cars two hours from the finish, with the Ferrari leading the Mercedes by 30 seconds.

A decision not to change tyres on Van Gisbergen’s final stop gained the car track position with just 45 minutes left on the clock, but the advantage was to be short lived.

Whincup retook the lead just five minutes later – the two cars making brief side-to-side contact as Van Gisbergen fought in vain to hold the place.

The reigning Supercars champion’s race would only get worse from there, however, as he made contact with Andrew MacPherson’s lapped Porsche 30 minutes from home, turning it into the concrete wall.

The accident triggered a Safety Car and subsequent penalty for Van Gisbergen, who then crashed on his own at The Dipper, much to the frustration of co-driver Maro Engel.

Engel was visibly angry when the #22 Mercedes hit the wall, and then admonished Van Gisbergen on the telecast.

Speaking a short time later, Van Gisbergen said he had already apologised to MacPherson and would also do so to Engel and the entire STM team.

Whincup eventually took the flag a lap clear of Van Gisbergen’s Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Matt Campbell, who combined with Patrick Long, Marc Lieb and David Calvert-Jones to win the Pro-Am Class.

The result came in Whincup’s first ever GT race and follows Lowndes’ previously victory with Maranello on his most recent 12 Hour start in 2014.

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Quotes from the Podium

Jamie Whincup

“It was a great day for us and my debut into GT racing. For a lot of my teammates at 888 it was their first time as well. A massive thank you goes to Maranello Motorsport and of course to Peter Edwards – the owner of our million dollar Ferrari 488. It was a fantastic day with fantastic team work and we pitted at the right times. The blokes beside me did an amazing job and it was just up to me to bring it home at the end. It was quite ironic that my teammate ‘Gizzy’ and I were fighting for the win right at the end there. He was driving like he usually does, all over the place which is good,” he laughed, “he’s hard and fair. I certainly enjoyed the battle, there is always a bit of grass action when we’re rubbing panels!”

“(The final pit stop) was strategic. We had to make a call as to whether we wanted to put tyres on and loose track position or whether we wanted to keep track position on older tyres. So, I made a call at the end there to put some new bags on and it was the right call. The car had great pace. It was very good down the straight, it wasn’t the quickest down the straight (gesturing to the #12 drivers) these boys beside me were absolute rockets and the Nissan wound it up again at the last five laps. All in all it was a massively enjoyable week for us. They are great cars. I couldn’t believe the traffic, I’m not used to so much traffic! It was also very nice that the Skippies kept to the other paddock and didn’t go on the track. It was a long, long day, but I’ll certainly be back.”

Toni Vilander

“Sometimes you have those days, you have a clear track and just feel really comfortable in the car. Even all the traffic seemed like it was dropping in the right places with the right timing. I had clear air with the car and it felt like it was working perfectly. Sometimes when you’re fast it feels like it’s easier so today was definitely one of those days,” Vilander said.

“I was fed up with all the stories from Mika Salo that he is the only Finn who can win here so now we are even at least! It is a big thing (to have the success with Ferrari), there are still races for me to win and this was one of them and now it it is done. I am really, really happy and really, really proud – this is a great team. Sometimes when you start the day you have a feeling something good might happen and here we are – winners.”

Craig Lowndes

“My day was actually quite easy. I did a lot of the morning shift and looked out for the traffic and brought the car home clean until the restart of my final stint.  For me, as Toni said, we rolled the car out and didn’t do much with it over the course of the couple of days. It was a much nicer car than the Ferrari 458 over the top of the mountain for both Jamie and I as far as becoming familiar with the car. We did have a good lead into this weekend and we did have some issues but we rectified that. With Toni putting it on pole yesterday we knew that we had a strong car, we just didn’t know who else was going to be strong for the day,” Lowndes said.

“The main objective for me was to stay out of trouble and keep it on the lead lap which I was lucky to do – getting out of the gravel trap. So that for me was the most important – to stay on the lead lap. We knew we had good car pace to come back. It was an enjoyable day to be part of the crew. As Jamie said, there are a lot of 888 guys who have come across from ‘Supercarland’ and it’s really opened their eyes to see what the GT world is all about and also about 12-hour racing. Normally we race in October and it is only six and a half hours, so we’ll come back in October and think it’s a sprint race!”

#12 Competition Motorsport powered by Ice Break Porsche 911 GT3 R – second outright and BRM Watches GT3 Pro-AM class winners

Marc Lieb

“It was quite an interesting race. The car has been fantastic throughout the whole weekend from day one on. We were up to the pace from the start and it was a good job by the team. We cycled through the race, we had some small incidents but of course were always fighting back. Sometimes we were lucky with the safety cars but at the end there weren’t enough yellows to catch it back and we were missing a bit of speed, but I think we are very happy with the second overall and the win in the class. It has been a fantastic weekend,” said Lieb.

Patrick Long

“We came here with two objectives. One was to do as well as we could and the second, which was a close second, was to have fun. CJ (David Calvert-Jones) has been a great friend, we are both based in Los Angeles and this has been something Marc and I have been talking about for quite a few months to get back over here and try and go for an overall. Matt was a great late addition, we took a look at the rules and thought that four drivers would be the best way and he became available, so it all just worked out great. Like Marc said, it was an adventurous day – you have to race hard and you have to fight because you know there are going to be yellows and track position means a lot. At the end there might have been an incident or two I could have taken back and done a little different, but I have no regrets. Looking forward, we had a strong GT3 – R and it held up.”

Matt Campbell

“(Towards the end of the race) I had two final stints to go and we were running third at the time. We had good pace and I just made a massive mistake there in my final stint (regarding the contact with the #32). I slipped off the brake pedal and it was totally my fault. It cost us a bit of time but thankfully we were able to get it turned around and continue on without too much damage. I am very thankful it wasn’t too much worse, it was an up and down day but thankfully it ended on an up.”

David Calvert-Jones

“I am feeling pretty good right now! It has been a great adventure. This is our fourth time here and thanks has to go to Patrick for being my mentor and helping me put these programs together, along with Ice Break and Virgin who have stepped up to get us here. It has been amazing. I can’t thank Patrick enough for coming out and also Marc, an amazing addition to the team. It was just going to be the three of us and then Matt became available last week, we asked him if he wanted to come for a drive and the two older boys threw him in the fire and made him work. Thanks goes to all those guys and all the organisers, and especially McElrea Racing for all they did for us,” Calvert-Jones said.

#17 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 – third outright, second in Liqui-Moly GT3 Pro-Pro class

Steven Kane

“We came here with a brand new car on Friday and we hadn’t even run it, so we lost a bit of time during qualifying and we just didn’t have the pace so we ended up 24th. To finish on the podium again is just amazing and the team did a really good job with strategy. Oliver was learning the car this weekend as it was his first time in the car in the dry and he did an amazing job and so did Guy – he is getting old but he still has the speed,” laughed Kane. “This is a really good result for the start of our season. We wanted to come here and go a bit better and finish first but it didn’t happen, but we are pleased with third.”

Oliver Jarvis

“I am pretty happy I have to say, this is an incredible place and I don’t think I have ever been in a race as brutal as that! I have been involved in a lot of endurance racing but I have never seen so much carnage within the first three or four hours of a race,” Jarvis said. “We had a game plan and that was simply to stay on the lead lap. We didn’t have a great run up to the race due a lot of issues with the brand new car but the team did a fantastic job. It didn’t stay issue free throughout the race, but coming out third is a great result and a credit to my team mates. We didn’t quite have the pace of the Ferrari boys next to me and congratulations goes to them – we will take the third and celebrate tonight.”

Guy Smith

“We didn’t really have the pace so we were just trying to make sure we stayed on the track and the lead lap. We had a couple of issues throughout the race and ultimately we didn’t have the pace but if you had told us last night after qualifying 24th that we would be on the podium today we would have taken it all day long. We are very happy – the team did a fantastic job and congrats to all the guys here for a great race.”

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5 hrs ago


Highlights from an action-packed brawl on the streets of Monte Carlo 💪 ... See Less

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

Black flag to Esteban Gutierrez. Damage the race. Rubbish driver!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

Turn damage on for Christ sake will prevent a lot of the stupid driving and dive bombs

I guess one way to get on the podium is to literally knock your opponents out

Thats a joke Man... IRL that race over in the 1st lap.

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7 hrs ago


A mini-epic 🍿Alex Albon and Arthur Leclerc fight for P4 in the closing laps of Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix 👏 ... See Less

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

Arthur gettin battered about by all the big boys today. Is that le clercs dad or brother?

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

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8 hrs ago


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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Turn on damage and the Esteban issue will fix itself.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

did the Alfa just phase through Leclerc's car??

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

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11 hrs ago


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What an emotional race. Amazing.


Dominik Leder

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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

Let me show you the video of my Yamaha in Italy!

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12 hrs ago


How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

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