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LUCKLESS AT BATHURST 12 HOUR

The Bathurst 12 Hour has continued to frustrate Craig Lowndes, with suspension failure curtailing his run in the once-around-the-clock classic.

Teamed with regular V8 Supercar endurance co-driver Warren Luff, and two-time Bathurst 12 Hour winner Rod Salmon, the race weekend proved difficult for the outfit's Audi R8 LMS.

Heavy traffic in qualifying saw the car start from 12th place, with race day dramas only allowing for 162 laps to be completed.

"It's a shame. The car this weekend was quick, and I think we would have definitely had a set-up to be competitive at the end of the day," Craig said.

"The nature of these long distance races is unpredictable, and a lot of things went against us today. I've got a big week ahead, and I can't wait for the launch of our new Red Bull Racing Australia Commodores."

Friday

  • Hot day of practice running
  • 7th practice 1, 1st practice 2, 6th practice 3
  • Maximum practice laps given to co-driver Rod Salmon
"It was a solid first hit out. The car felt good, the only issue was finding a clear lap with fifty cars on circuit going at various speeds. With another 12 months of development on board, the Audi is a quick package."

Saturday
  • Further warm weather running
  • Traffic continued to be a major issue
  • Qualifies in 12th
"We continued to tune the car, but it was impossible to get a good run through the traffic. We changed the gearbox between qualifying sessions, and a systems check in the final session was trouble free. We should be fine for the race, 12 hours is a long time in motorsport."

Sunday
  • Safety car issues put team with behind the eight ball
  • A co-driver's brush with the wall sends the car to pits for extended repairs
  • Damage resulting from a broken hub sidelines the car


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