Dayco Sponsored Racer David Russell Races to Sixth at Bathurst 12 Hour

TROY, Mich. – February 6, 2017 The first major international event of the 2017 Australian motor racing season, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour GT endurance race, took place the weekend of February 4. Held at the majestic Mount Panorama circuit, the Bathurst 12 Hour was the opening round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Series. This year’s event saw the largest ever field take part, with all of the usual drama that goes with trying to win this classic 12 hour, multi-driver event.

The race also marked the start of Dayco's 2017 motorsport program in Australia, with longtime brand ambassador and one of the fastest GT drivers in the country, David Russell, joining forces once again with JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX team owner and driver Roger Lago as well as experienced racer Steve Owen to take on the might of the world’s largest factory GT teams.

Piloting the same Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX that Russell muscled to pole position and raced to victory with Lago at the Highlands 101 GT endurance race in New Zealand last December, the Dayco racer and his teammates qualified 13th and raced to 6th overall in the Bathurst 12 Hour, earning them 2nd place in the Pro-Am Class of the event.

The Lamborghini trio competed well within the top 10 for the vast majority of the 12-hour race. The independent Australian team managing to consistently outpace and out-race several of the major international factory GT teams to earn their top six finish, despite having to serve a pit lane drive through penalty and being hit and spun off the circuit during the final hour, costing a potential top five finish.

The Dayco sponsored driver was very pleased with the team’s hard fought result at one of the world’s most iconic GT races.

“The team worked brilliantly all weekend and we developed a fantastic car for the race. All three drivers maintained a strong pace all day and we proved to be faster, more reliable and had a fantastic race strategy that saw us well ahead of many of the major international factory GT teams all day. It was a shame to be hit in the rear during the closing stage as we were in the hunt to win the Pro-Am class and I reduced our deficit to 10 seconds when Matt Campbell hit and spun me around in the final hour. Despite this, we still finished 6th overall and second in our class, a very satisfying result for our small, but super high performing team,” said Russell.

Russell, competing in his fourth season as a Dayco ambassador, is one of the country’s fastest and most versatile motor racing drivers, competing in premier level GT racing both in Australia and abroad each year, along with being a regular Supercar endurance race driver of choice. Russell has competed in Supercars with the factory Nissan team over the past four seasons. Russell has also raced at the front of the field in Porsche Carrera Cup and the Dunlop Supercars Series during his career. 

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Brian Wheeler

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