Haase leads Tander at the Bathurst 12 Hour halfway mark

Haase leads Tander at the Bathurst 12 Hour halfway mark
February 4, 2018 | 1:44 pm | Author: Steven Wright

It’s an Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia one-two with the German Christopher Haase leading the Australian Garth Tander at the halfway mark at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

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Not much happened for 20-minutes, but on lap 95 it was heard that Steven Kane in the leading car got a pit-lane penalty for a restart violation, which was different to the one BMW got before.

12 laps later the Craig Lowndes McLaren comes into the pits with engine issues after the motor overheated when it ran behind one of the Mercedes GT3s.

“It’s sort of one of the things that McLaren told us about the engine overheating or when the motor gets hot, it just loses power which it did,” Lowndes said.

“It’s a bit of a shame as we were having good battles, we got to a point that we could slip behind a Mercedes then just slip away and after that, it just lost it from there.”

As the race starts to heat up as drivers start to drop off the lead lap, as the Audi of Chris Mies leads the way and the Porsche of Estre in second with the other all-PRO Audi in third with Tander in the car.

Moments after Mies lapped, the Carrera Cup Asia Porsche crashed at the top of the Mountain, the triggers another round of pitstops. Audi called both their cars in but told the second car (Tander) to stay out but both car pitted.

Mies did a driver change and new tyres, while Tander sat in the pitlane and ticked off a compulsory pitstop.

Tander now leads teammate Haase at almost the halfway mark, with Marciello (Whincup’s co-driver) in third under yellow. 

As the race went back to green, Tander had another Audi Robert Frijns follow his launch and kept up with him for two laps before the race leader let the lap down Frijns pass him to allow him on the lead lap.

Being on older tyres Haase caught up to Tander, with the Australian allowing the German through as he has fresher Pirellis.

Stay tuned to apexnews.co.nz for more update throughout the 12 Hour classic.