Video highlights – February 4by Graham Keilloh on 4th February 2019
Watch highlights of a thrilling late battle at the Bathurst 12 Hour as well as Porsche GT3 Middle East and Toyota Racing Series action
Bathurst 12 Hour
Mount Panorama, Bathurst: Matt Campbell’s astonishing final stint helps Porsche to victory at Mount Panorama Circuit.
The vital moment of Campbell’s charge on fresher tyres was elbowing his way by Jake Dennis’s Aston Martin, and an unorthodox point of the track at Forrests Elbow, to lead with just over 10 minutes of the 12 hours to go. The Porsche car also survived a post-race investigation into Campbell’s earlier pass of Chaz Mostert to take third. There had been earlier controversy too as Dennis was stripped of pole position first with a two-place grid penalty for pitlane speeding then he was sent even further back in the starting order due to a technical breach.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi: Dylan Pereira dominates race one of round four, leading all the way from pole in his first race of this season's championship.
Pereira built a 7sec lead, and it was just as well as he got a 5sec penalty for shortcutting a turn. Championship leader Al Faisal Al Zubair, who finished third in the first race, got the race two win when Pereira picked up another 5sec penalty for corner cutting and this time could only build a 3.5sec advantage ahead of Al Zubair on the road. Third-on-the-road Berkay Besler also did just enough to stay with 5sec of Pereira and pip him for second in the results.
Toyota Racing Series
Hampton Downs, New Zealand: Championship protagonists Marcus Armstrong and Liam Lawson enter the Hampton Downs weekend equal on points and for much the three races here they remain hard to separate.
A red flag and safety car interrupted first race was won by Armstrong with Lawson third, but in the reverse-grid race two Lawson got more than his own back by winning with a brilliant late move on Esteban Muth while Armstrong finished fourth. But in the third race matters shifted markedly to Armstrong as he won – taking the historic New Zealand Motor Cup with it – and Lawson crashed out.