A consistent run for the Bostik Audi R8 GT3 in the 2020 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has been brought to a premature end due to an unfortunate engine failure after just over three hours of running.
A steady opening stint for Dylan O’Keeffe entrenched the car firmly within the top five in the Silver Class. Geoff Emery took control of the Bostik Audi after 34 laps. Emery benefited from a strategic decision to top up with fuel during a pair of Safety Car interventions, and was able to gain a few places before handing over to Max Twigg on lap 64..
Twigg was maintaining the car’s strong position before the engine expired without warning on lap 85, on the run up Mountain Straight.
Tony Bates, who missed out on turning any race laps, was understandably shattered.
“It was a brand-new engine before the weekend, so for it to fail so unexpectedly is extremely disappointing,” Bates said.
“Up to that point, everything was going according to plan – my co-drivers were staying out of trouble, recording consistent lap times and we were steadily moving up the order.
Bates thanked the team’s commercial partners for their support in the lead-up to the event.
“Even though the result didn’t go our way today, we still generated some major exposure for our new major sponsor, Bostik Australia, along with our other partners AFS Logistics, Moveitnet, Local Roadways, C-Tech Laser and Bryant & Bryant, and attracted plenty of positive feedback with our car’s design,” he said.
“There will be plenty of opportunities to achieve top-level results for our supporters throughout the season.”
Team Bostik’s racing program for the remainder of 2020 will be confirmed soon.