6.7 C
Mount Panorama
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
HomeNewsBathurst327km/h Skyline crashes out of Bathurst finale

327km/h Skyline crashes out of Bathurst finale

A RAPID Nissan Skyline stole the show in the Combined Sedans support races at the Bathurst 12 Hour, before crashing out while leading the finale.

The GTS-T model R32 Skyline of Tasmanian Bradley Sherriff produces a reported 1170bhp from its RB26 engine.

The car was repeatedly clocked on official timing at over 320km/h on Conrod Straight throughout the weekend, reaching as high as 327km/h.

Sherriff topped qualifying but retired from an incident-packed opening race on Friday with mechanical failure.

Sherriff leads Taunton in Race 3. Pic: Ross Gibb

He then stormed through from the back to second in Race 2 on Saturday morning, only to be demoted one place for breaking the 2:09.0s permitted minimum lap time.

Sherriff was then leading the Saturday afternoon’s finale when he crashed at Reid Park.

He emerged from the damaged car unharmed while MARC II V8 driver Geoff Taunton continued onwards to a third straight win.

Sherriff later posted on social media: “Well Bathurst was a hoot.

“I’m sorry guys but the very small bag of talent I had when we arrived was empty by lap five of (the) last race and the red car got the wall.”

Sherriff’s Skyline prepares to climb the Mountain. Pic: Supplied

Sherriff plans to contest Sports Sedan races in Australia with the Skyline later this year.

The car holds Sports Sedan lap records at the two tracks in its home state, Symmons Plains and Baskerville.

Also among the Combined Sedans field was Mason Kelly, the 17-year-old son of 2005 Bathurst 1000 winner Todd driving a MARC Mazda3.

Kelly Jr improved from seventh in Race 1 to second in Race 2, taking the flag fifth in the final despite an off-track excursion at a Safety Car restart.

MORE: Todd Kelly guiding son through Bathurst debut

Want to read more?

Subscribe to V8 Sleuth to receive regular updates of news and products delivered straight to you.



Latest News

Want to read more?

Subscribe to V8 Sleuth to receive regular updates of news and products delivered straight to you.