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The outright drought of the Italian bull at Bathurst

THE recent delivery ‘Down Under’ of a brand-new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 that will be run by Wall Racing in next year’s Repco Bathurst 12 Hour has certainly caught the eye of plenty of GT race fans.

The 5-2-litre V10 engine-powered beast will no doubt make all the right noises when it’s let loose at Bathurst.

To be driven by car owner Adrian Deitz and regular partners David Wall, Tony D’Alberto and Grant Denyer, the car is an upgrade on the older Lamborghini that the quartet have driven in previous 12 Hour races at Mount Panorama.

The ‘Italian bull’ has never quite been able to topple its GT3 rivals and claim an outright victory for Lamborghini at Mount Panorama in Australia’s International Endurance Race.

Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, McLaren, Porsche and Bentley have all claimed outright victory in the 12 Hour, as have Ferrari. The Italian ‘prancing horse’ won in 2014 and 2017, though the ‘other’ Italian brand is still hunting its first podium finish, let alone an outright win in the race.

Every Lamborghini – and indeed every car in the field from 2011 to 2020 – is featured in ‘Bathurst: Going Global’, a hardcover 320 page book documenting the cars and history of the Bathurst 12 Hour during the first 10 years of its GT3 era.

Copies are still available at a special sale price here via the V8 Sleuth Superstore.

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The best overall result by a Lamborghini in the Bathurst 12 Hour remains fifth place in the 2022 race, achieved by Deitz, Denyer, D’Alberto and Wall in the former’s previous Huracan GT3.

The race was held in May and run to Pro-Am driver rules as the effects of the global pandemic forced race organisers Supercars into some changes from the norm of recent years to get the race kick-started again.

But Lamborghini crews also featured strongly in previous years where the rules permitted both Pro-Am and all-Pro driving combinations.

The JBS Lago Lamborghini at Bathurst in 2015. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Roger Lago, David Russell and Steve Owen finished seventh in 2015 (with Pro-Am crew rules in place) and were sixth in 2017 (when all Pro driver combinations were allowed).

While the Deitz entry will run in the Pro-Am class, it remains to be seen if there’s an all-Pro Lamborghini entry that may appear in 2024 that could give the manufacturer its first Bathurst 12 Hour win.

The 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on February 16-18 at Mount Panorama.

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