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Whincup tops Bathurst 12 Hour Practice 5

PRO-AM cars pipped the Pro-class machinery in the opening Saturday practice running at the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour.

Jamie Whincup set the fastest time of the morning aboard the #88 Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG that he will share with Jordan Love and Prince Jefri Ibrahim, while the #911 The Bend Manthey EMA Porsche finished second-best with Harry King aboard.

However, it’ll be the seven-time Supercars champ’s final laps of the day, with Love and Ibrahim getting qualifying duties aboard Triple Eight’s Pro-Am entry.

SPOTTER GUIDE: Photos of every car in the 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour

“I’m not qualifying the car so, in a way, that was my qualifying session!” Whincup joked.

“There’s a bit of etiquette out there that you don’t flash people (with the headlights) in practice because there’s no need, but I got a good run over the top, it was my last lap of the day, and I had a teammate (Broc Feeney) in front of me. I was flashing him; ‘get out of my way!’”

The session featured the first red flag of the weekend when Jessie Bryan bogged the GT4-class #25 McLaren at Hell Corner.

Bryan, who will share the car with Supercars star Chaz Mostert, had a lucky escape at the 23-minute mark when he spun to the inside of the track and launched over the grass at the apex of the corner, narrowly missing the pit wall, before ending up in the gravel on the outside of the corner.

The McLaren was undamaged and Bryan returned to the pits under his own power via the Mountain Straight gate entrance, and rejoined when the session resumed.

The red flag had a flow-on impact for the #46 WRT BMW. Maxime Martin passed a car on the way back to the pits when the red flags flew, drawing a penalty that left him parked in pit lane for 10 minutes. The car ended the session 13th fastest.

Another car that had a 10-minute wait was the #19 GT4-class Mercedes-AMG. It missed the early stages of the session as a penalty for passing the chequered flag multiple times in Practice 4 following a radio failure.

The field will next be on track at 10am AEDT for the final hour of practice prior to qualifying.

RESULTS: Practice 5, 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour (60min)

188Whincup / Love / IbrahimPro-AmMercedes-AMG2m03.1132s
2911Picariello / King / ShahinPro-AmPorsche+0.3966s
3130Engel / Fraga / ReynoldsProMercedes-AMG+0.5486s
475Habul / Gounon / StolzProMercedes-AMG+0.7395s
577Juncadella / Ojeda / GötzProMercedes-AMG+1.0191s
6888Feeney / Brown / GrenierProMercedes-AMG+1.0513s
727Riberas / Gunn / JamesPro-AmMercedes-AMG+1.0768s
8912L Vanthoor / Güven / CampbellProPorsche+1.1857s
922Talbot / Haase / K van der LindeProAudi+1.248s
1032Weerts / D Vanthoor / S van der LindeProBMW+1.3422s
112Schumacher / Winkelhock / FellerProAudi+1.3491s
1213Eriksson / Evans / BuusProPorsche+1.651s
1346Rossi / Martin / MarcielloProBMW+1.847s
14222Waters / Lowndes / RandleProMercedes-AMG+2.2974s
1591Kassulke / McLeod / Morrall / SladeInvitationalMARC+2.5075s
1648Wood / Le Brocq / Walden / McMillanPro-AmMercedes-AMG+2.9606s
1720Sbirrazzuoli / Jilesen / HargravesInvitationalIRC+3.3936s
1810Percat / Hill / HolingerInvitationalIRC+3.7662s
199Holdsworth / Fiore / CiniPro-AmAudi+3.8178s
2093D’Alberto / Wall / Denyer / DeitzPro-AmLamborghini+3.8874s
2147J Koundouris / T Koundouris / Russell / WebbSilverMercedes-AMG+4.4046s
22702Stutterd / Tracy / Emery / TwiggInvitationalIRC+5.4208s
2344Zalloua / Pires / Youlden / ShielsSilverAudi+6.5367s
24111Currie / Gray / DonaldsonInvitationalMARC+6.9997s
2550Harrison / Kraihamer / CramptonInvitationalKTM+7.7001s
2619Griffith / Christodoulou / BilskiGT4Mercedes-AMG+11.8871s
27701Amrouche / Boillot / BonnelInvitationalVortex+14.3159s
2856Buccini / Zerefos / White / HizzeyGT4Ginetta+15.0476s
29230Hayman / McLennan / SchutteGT4McLaren+17.663s
3025Flack / Mostert / BryanGT4McLaren+18.2259s
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