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Mercedes craned out of museum for latest Bathurst tilt

THE car which won last year’s Bathurst 12 Hour has been resurrected from retirement to contest the 2024 edition.

As first reported by Sportscar365, Kenny Habul has had the triumphant Mercedes-AMG GT3 craned out of his Connecticut museum and sent to Australia to vie for another Mount Panorama victory with Jules Gounon and Luca Stolz.

“This is last year’s winning car,” Habul told the American publication.

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“We love this car. A lot of time and effort went into this car.

“It was in my museum, which is on the sixth floor of a building. We craned it in there, so we had to crane it back out and take it out.

“We couldn’t get any new cars right now from AMG. There’s a shortage of cars and engines and I didn’t really want to use it.

“We took it out but you know, it won last year, so I’m happy to use it. It’s special to me. We’ll see.”

While his SunEnergy1 team is chasing three straight wins in the 12 Hour, Gounon is on the cusp of four on the trot – having also won the 2020 race with Bentley.

Practice for the 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour starts tomorrow.

Luca Stolz, Jules Gounon and Kenny Habul celebrate victory. Pic: an1images.com / Ross Gibb
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