R-Motorsport Aston excluded from Super Pole session
R-Motorsport’s #62 Aston Martin has been excluded from the results of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Pirelli Top-10 shootout, after Jake Dennis set the fastest time.
As a result the Allan Simonsen pole position award has been handed to GruppeM Racing’s Mercedes-AMG GT3, which was due to start from pole anyway as the #62 had been given a two-place grid penalty before being excluded for speeding in pit lane.
Officials found what they have determined to be a technical breach related to the mandated rev limit threshold of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3s V12 engine.
The breach was unintentional and related to the vehicle’s manufacturer-supplied homologation documents.
The penalty applied by the stewards of the meeting was exclusion from the results of the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout.
R-Motorsport say that there is no doubt that the team is an entirely innoicent victim of a procedurl issue between Prodrive and SRO.
Exclusion from the shootout results relegated the car to 10th position, with the existing two-position grid penalty for speeding in pit lane during an earlier session ultimately moving them a further two places down the grid to 12th.
And there were penalties announced too for the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 (10 places on the grid after Paul Dalla Lana was adjudged at fault for the clash in FP2 with the #888 AMG) and M-Motorsport’s #50 KTM X-Bow GT4 (five positions lost on the grid after an FP5 clash with the #51!)
Re-live the top 10 shootout with the official highlight reel below:
Today’s race, which is set to start in the dark, will begin with the temperature trackside at around 18 degrees celcius, before climbing to a high of 31 degrees during the race. Unsurprisingly, no rain is forecast!
How to follow
The 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour is set to get underway at 17:45 local time in Australia (UTC +11). You can follow it with live timing HERE >>>
And with the stream below:
The entry list is available HERE >>>