MUSCAT FINISHES THE BATHURST 12 HR IN TOP 5
After 12 hours of racing at the iconic Mount Panorama, including 20 safety car periods,Richard Muscat, Dean Canto and Jack Le Brocq finished the action-packed race in fifth in the Erebus Motorsport #36 SLS AMG GT3.
Having led the field for 47 laps at different stages throughout the race, and sitting in the top six cars all day, after an eighth and final pit stop the #36 entry of , Richard Muscat, Jack Le Brocq and Dean Canto re-joined the field in fifth place.
Two safety car periods in quick succession after Le Brocq’s final pit stop in the #36 car thwarted efforts to improve on track position.
Muscat had been confident the car and team were strong enough for a chance at the win and reflects on how the day went.
I started in the car in the morning and got up into the lead by the end of my double stint which was three hours. We kept plugging away. There were a lot of cars on different strategies, and Barry [Ryan, General Manager/ #36 Engineer Erebus Motorsport] did an awesome job crunching the numbers for our strategy, the whole team did an awesome job. You just can’t fault anyone.
"We were looking really good with a couple of hours to go, i was in the car and the Nissan was behind us on the same strategy, Wolfgang Reip and I had a great battle and i managed to keep him behind me for my stint and staying in the lead before I reached my driving time limit of 4 hours and 30 minutes, so I had to pit and handover to my team mate to bring the car home.
“Of course we would have loved to be on the podium, if not the win. And the whole crew really deserved a win or a podium, but fifth place is great result. But we’ll take it and come back next year stronger!” Muscat said.
Muscat will now turn his attention to the Porsche Carrera Cup where he will have a series of test days before Round 1 at the Adelaide Parklands Stret Circuit.