Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Bathurst 12hr Feb 3rd to 5th 2017

Well the start of another Race Year with the LIQUI-MOLY Bathurst 12hr.
Arrived on Wednesday to set up camp in the Officials camp ground same site has other years the forecast for the W/end is to be Mid to High 30s but cooler evenings so should be good for sleeping.
Stocked up on  supplies and Drinks and spent rest of day catching up with fellow Marshals from Victoria and Members of FMOTW (Flag Marshals Of The World).
Thursday time to go down and check out the Cars firstly the Support Categories which included Combined Sedans, Improved Production and Radical Cup cars all big fields.
And now for the best part the GT cars and again this year a full grid of over 50 cars including the new BMW M6 GT3 plus Ferrari 488, Bentley Continental, Mercedes AMG GT and SLS, Nissan GT-R Nismo, McLaren 650s, Audi R8 LMS, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Lamborghini Hurrican and Reiter, Aston Martin V12 Vantage plus GT4 and Invitational Class

So all set for three days of Action with early starts at Muster 5am Frid and Sat 3am on Sunday.
On Friday Morning found out that I would be working Flag Point 1.3 on Mountain Straight just across from the camp ground entry I can see my Camper from this point and a nice short walk back to camp for a cold Bourbon and coke after each day.

With a Team of four we all took turns on flag Rotation and Coms with plenty of time for a rest in between. this point being a low impact area meant we had very little in the way of incidents with I think only about three written reports being done but was a great spot for seeing the cars go past at speed and also seeing all the action take place at turn 1.0, we had a few cars pulling over to Drivers left on the grass with Mechanical issues through out the w/end which most of them being able to roll back wards into MSG (Mountain Straight Gate)

Was a great w/end with a lot of front running cars being claimed by the Mountain and a Fantastic final few laps between the Merc and the winning car 88 Ferrari 488 Driven by Toni Vilander, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Next event for me is a State round at Winton Raceway March 4th & 5th with the next Major event at Albert Park Melbourne AGP 23-26 March

Enjoy the photos full album on FB "A Flag Marshal's Journey"