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Written by Joe Le Corre

Round 5 of the OTL ACC GT3 Championship saw the action head down under to the infamous Mount Panorama circuit. The drivers had to come into the race with full confidence in their cars and abilities. Anything less than full confidence at Bathurst, is a one-way ticket to a trip to a wall. The majority of the field had the confidence, some didn’t.

Gerhard Aucamp

Gerhard hasn’t had the world’s best season with two DNFs in the last two rounds. However, at Bathurst, he put on a performance that wasn’t indicative of a driver that’s had a 50% finish rate. Qualifying is always important at a track where overtaking is only really possible at four of the twenty three turns. Aucamp managed a respectable P17 in qualifying, which put him P1 in class. This position put Aucamp out of the danger zone that is the middle of the Am class field. Lap 1 was clean for the South African, and he was able to keep a hold of his class P1. A position he would keep from start to finish. None of the other Am class runners were able to match the speed and consistency that Aucamp possessed.

Bas Tolsma

After a very successful race last round at Silverstone, which saw him cut his way through the field to a top 10 finish, Bas produced another great race. Just like his Silverstone race, Bas found a perfect mix of speed and consistency, the prefect recipe for having a good race at Bathurst. If Bas can keep up his recent form, a podium or a win could be on the cards.

Robert Loveless

The general consensus is that you should probably have a setup ready for most races. Especially for a track as difficult as Bathurst. However, Loveless threw all that out the window when he turned up to Bathurst with minimal practice and a near stock setup. This lack of prep didn’t hold Loveless back though, he ended the race with a top 10 finish, which is no easy task in this series.

Andrew Pike

Pike’s featured in this series so often, he may as well write them for me. In all seriousness, Pike had another excellent race that ended with a P9. Bathurst is arguably the toughest track for Pike and his Jaguar, but you wouldn’t have thought so considering the way Andrew composed himself during the race. Keeping out of trouble and making no mistakes, was the way Pike ran his race and it all paid off in the end.

Driver Of The Race

Writer’s Choice:

This race saw a huge amount of brilliant drivers from drivers up and down the field, but the best was definitely Gerhard Aucamp. He’s bounced back from a difficult first half of the season and earned himself a class win in the process. His entire race was faultless and was of the quality of a Pro class runner. It’s going to be interesting to see if Aucamp has turned a corner, and if this is the sort of race we can expect from him in the future.

Commentator’s Choice:

Adam Stephens, in his first race of the season having taken a vacant seat, got his Bentley through to second place with a great consistent drive. A race of little drama is sometimes all you need, and Bathurst is certainly one of those! Adam delivered on that and took home a nice haul of points in the process.