PRESS RELEASE: Sat 6th Feb, 2016 - STORY: PLM
#B12Hr - 2016 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Performance West SP Tools Lamborghini Gallardo driver Scott Andrews feels well prepared and 'ready', after qualifying for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race at Mount Panorama.
The team will start the 12 hour endurance race from 14th position on the grid after an outstanding time of 02:03.352 was set by co driver Nic Percat.
Tekno Autosports driver Shane van Gisbergen claimed pole with a simply sizzling 2m01.286s - the pole lap showing just how fast the 2016 field is.
The pole time is a full 1.3 seconds quicker than last year’s benchmark.
Earlier in the day, Matthew Campbell in the Objective Racing McLaren had topped the final practice session as one of four drivers to run 'faster laps than previously officially recorded before at Mount Panorama'.
Andrews had his own qualifying runs cut short, following a scary moment with a left rear tyre failure, starting at the top of Conrod Straight and finally 'letting go' at The Chaise, a high speed right hand corner at the bottom of the fastest part of the circuit.
" I was actually a bit lucky to hang on to it but I used the abs brakes and got it straight and thankfully we didn't have far to go before the pits. Nic then jumped in and he did a mega job'.
In preparation for tomorrow's long race, the 25 year old Australian added expectantly, "I feel we might be a little closer in race trim than quali. At the end of the day there is so many factors and variables within the race that we just have to try and be there at the end and see how the strategy plays out".
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will begin at 5.45am AEDST tomorrow Sunday February 7 and will be televised live on the Seven Network across Australia
VIEW THE DAY 2 PHOTO GALLERY BY DANIEL KALISZ OF SCOTT ANDREWS AND THE PERFORMANCE WEST SP TOOLS LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO IN QUALIFYING