Audi’s R8 LMS has topped the timesheets in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying.
Audi and BMW have battled hard through every sessions, with the M6 GT3s initially placed second and third, with local heroes Chaz Mostert and Steven Richards in the driver mix. After qualifying, the second M6 GT3, that of Richards, Timo Glock and Phillipe Eng, suffered a disqualification for a technical breach.
The DQ will send that car to the back of the grid (pending any appeal) and the Strakka Mercedes AMG GT3 will move into the top ten for the shootout later this afternoon.
Further down the grid, the YNA McLarens found some speed with Scott McLaughlin (4th) Shane van Gisbergen (6th) at the wheel over the weekend.
The sole Porsche 911 GT3 in the top ten belongs to Matt Campbell (5th) and the big-banger Bentley Continental (always hilarious to watch and a crowd favourite) squeaking into tenth. The only Lamborghini to show is a long-in-the-tooth Gallardo with Bathurst 1000 winner Luke Youlden on board came in a very respectable ninth.
The Top Ten Shootout could see the whole thing upended, so keep up to date on Twitter @theredlineau
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