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#451 Richard T

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 11:35

I went to bed halfway because it was simply to many yellows for my taste at the time (And I was a bit tired at 02:00  :blush:  )

Woke up and watched the final 30 minutes, amazing from Chiyo  :clap:



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#452 SmallHorsey

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 11:49

Yeah, quite something isn't it?

The Pro-Am teams had to have one amateur (as opposed to two) and some "amateurs" were definitely more amateur than others. For instance Ferrari #33 was 2.7 laps behind the leader at the three hour mark, losing close to 10 seconds a lap when the track was green. I was keen on them to do well as I follow Toni Vilander, the Finnish F1 commentator and GT3 driver.

I missed the end of the race, but I must say both the race and the coverage were amazing. I like WEC but I feel there's too many classes. Having so many different GT3 cars duke it out throughout was amazing. And what a track!!!

Quite something? I'll say. It's almost unbelievable. 

 

I was just happy to see the GT-R get a win on the mountain, over 20 years after it first came out, destroyed the opposition, and earned the monicker 'Godzilla'. And then got banned and led to the boring, insular 'production car' racing we have here today. But to hear that two of the drivers were from the GT Academy is just the icing on the cake. 



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 12:02

Seeing Godzilla win after that restart whilst drunk on gin, was fun as hell. One of the highlights of the year.



#454 SmallHorsey

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 12:14

Same here. Although in my case it was scotch.  :p



#455 Brother Fox

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 12:21

It lived up to its nickname at the restart, just destroyed the Bentley and Audi.


I've completly missed the boat on that whole GT Academy thang but wow! Just amazing.
Nissan publicity machine really kicking some goals in the last week

#456 SmallHorsey

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 12:52

I only vaguely knew of the GT Academy thing. About six months ago I was on here asking about what happened to the guy who had won "that Playstation thing" (and suggesting more manufacturers should do something similar) when I was informed about the Academy. I was very impressed at the time but failed to follow up the individual drivers. Was a more than pleasant surprise to learn that the car I was cheering on was piloted by two of these guys.   



#457 paulb

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 15:37

I'll have to find clips of the restart since that seems to be a key moment.



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 15:44

What an epic race. I watched the entire race, and it was worth it. Although I understand many are uncomfortable and it can not be denied that it may be "unfair", everyone who participates in this kind of racing knows beforehand that the safety car can screw you into the ground. But that kind of stuff generates incredible action on the track, that produces more interested fans, that produces more sponsors, that produces better opportunities and the potential for better income for the racers. It is a double-edged sword for the drivers and teams.

 

I'm an avid member of the sim racing community, and I'm stoked that two of the three drivers from the winning car came up via sim racing. Every year sim racing has gained legitimacy in the racing universe.

 

Oh yea, the people at Nissan must be wearing s--t eating  grins today. They received massive interest and buzz from the reveal of their car for Lemans, and now Godzilla won at Bathurst. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. Break out the Champagne.

 

On a side note, during the race there were some interviews with a lady they called "the first lady of motorsport". I had no idea who she was, and did a little checking around. The story of her life and who she is is nothing short of mind-blowing. I'm no exaggerating, please, please read this article.  http://www.dailytele...2-1226660579017



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 17:27

I'll have to find clips of the restart since that seems to be a key moment.

 

The recap video on the official site has it.



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#460 paulb

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 22:07

 

On a side note, during the race there were some interviews with a lady they called "the first lady of motorsport". I had no idea who she was, and did a little checking around. The story of her life and who she is is nothing short of mind-blowing. I'm no exaggerating, please, please read this article.  http://www.dailytele...2-1226660579017

 

Remarkable story, kudos to her.  My wife has heard of Westfield. 


Edited by paulb, 08 February 2015 - 22:08.


#461 Exar Kun

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 00:09

 

 

I'm an avid member of the sim racing community, and I'm stoked that two of the three drivers from the winning car came up via sim racing. Every year sim racing has gained legitimacy in the racing universe.

 

The winner of class B had a driver who started in sim-racing too.  No karting experience and only drove his first race at 19 after being a sim-racer for a few years.  He's off to do Porsche Supercup this year.



#462 wonk123

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:26

One of my mate's Son made it to Silverstone last year for the GT academy. Amazing experience for a young guy from Bathurst.

 

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#463 mouserat159

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 01:31

https://www.youtube....wEWVEzEzzY#t=25

#464 mouserat159

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 02:37

The Seven Network has signalled intentions to retain the Bathurst 12 Hour next year after trumpeting its rating success over the V8 Supercars on Sunday. Seven’s coverage was a landmark moment for the GT event, with the free-to-air coverage signalling the first time the race had been broadcast in its entirety.

The race was split across Seven and 7mate throughout the day, with the latter showing the opening hours in all markets and the final hour in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Seven portion of the telecast recorded a five-metro average audience of 238,000 and a peak of 368,000, with an average of 98,000 and peak of 229,000 on 7mate.
The combined result ensured the overall average for the 12 hours was line-ball with the average that tuned into the final three hours on SBS last year, where V8 Supercars star Craig Lowndes took his Ferrari to victory.

A Seven statement hailed the Bathurst numbers as a “dominant” result over the five-metro averages of 97,000 and 19,000 for the V8 Supercars SuperTest on Network Ten and Fox Sports respectively.

#465 teejay

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 02:47

Was an awesome ending to a race that was dull at times due to the s/c

 

Surely they simply flicked the "super high happy times" boost button on the GTR at the last restart.



#466 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 02:55

The Seven Network has signalled intentions to retain the Bathurst 12 Hour next year after trumpeting its rating success over the V8 Supercars on Sunday. Seven’s coverage was a landmark moment for the GT event, with the free-to-air coverage signalling the first time the race had been broadcast in its entirety.

The race was split across Seven and 7mate throughout the day, with the latter showing the opening hours in all markets and the final hour in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Seven portion of the telecast recorded a five-metro average audience of 238,000 and a peak of 368,000, with an average of 98,000 and peak of 229,000 on 7mate.
The combined result ensured the overall average for the 12 hours was line-ball with the average that tuned into the final three hours on SBS last year, where V8 Supercars star Craig Lowndes took his Ferrari to victory.

A Seven statement hailed the Bathurst numbers as a “dominant” result over the five-metro averages of 97,000 and 19,000 for the V8 Supercars SuperTest on Network Ten and Fox Sports respectively.

 

 

These ratings are still dismal compared to the Bathurst 1000 though...  :|



#467 timbo

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:10

And absolutely no mention of the 12 Hour in Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper on Monday. This comes as no surprise, given they are very V8 Supercars biased, but at least a mention would have been nice.

Meanwhile the V8 Supercar test day at Sydney Motorsport Park received a double page spread.



#468 mouserat159

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:25

These ratings are still dismal compared to the Bathurst 1000 though...  :|


Yes... but at lest it is Live and Free. Not to mention far better racing !!!

#469 Brother Fox

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 03:28

News limited paper ignores rival to what's on Foxtel - there's a surprise!

I think it's unfair to compare it to the 1000 though. Be like comparing any other horse race, no matter the quality of the little dudes or nags, to the Melbourne Cup.

#470 GreenMachine

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:16

A few from the weekend:

Pretty!
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How wide is that apex ..
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Godzilla returns (just compare the size of those two cars ...)
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#471 GreenMachine

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:26

Traffic, just when you are trying to hang onto that Nissan ...

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Maybe corner speed is not the Bentley's strength ...
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There is one in every crowd ...
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Top of the mountain ...
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(A quick quiz - how many cars can you find in that last photo?)

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#472 GreenMachine

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:40

Over Skyline ...
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out of the dipper
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through the sweeper at Macphillamy ...
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where things can go very wrong, especially when that nice German man is behind you ...
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but fortunately, the driver was ok, if we can't say the same about the car ...
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There was a lot of sh*tty driving, camouflaged by references to slower cars, but in reality it was some of the big time internationals in Class A that were handing out the biff ... :(

#473 mouserat159

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 10:53

Great photo everyone Thank you for posting them.

#474 mouserat159

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 11:02

A mate of mine sent me this utube link of the Mazda crash at "Brock's" Skyline.

https://www.facebook...152700559068391

#475 Option1

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 13:03

A few from the weekend:

Pretty!
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That's a seriously good shot.  Well done!

 

And thanks for the others as well.

 

Neil



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 14:44

Yeah that's a good grab and what a car to look at, a real head turner.

 

The driving was, in a word, atrocious. Cars bumping each other off at Mcphillamy and the chase, very, very lucky not to see someone seriously hurt. I'd have black flagged the Audi that bumped the Mazda, I have been watching racing at Bathurst for 30 years and EVERY driver i have seen has respected that corner, it's way, way too fast to be doing that. 

 

On another note, these cars are nice to look at and listen to but gee they could shave some downforce off, it was surprising hard for the class A guys to pass each other. 



#477 mouserat159

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:05

Great news everyone--- Bathurst 12 Hour organisers have confirmed the date and broadcast partner for their 2016 event.
Seven will once again broadcast the race next year, which has been locked in for February 5-7.
The free-to-air station took up the rights for the first time in 2015, broadcasting the full race across its Seven and 7mate channels.
While yet to confirm details, including whether it will again show all 12 hours, Seven’s recommitment to the event comes after strong ratings this year.

#478 Ian G

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:44

Not the same without the Fiats squealing around  :lol:



#479 mouserat159

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:17

Not the same without the Fiats squealing around  :lol:


Yes and where was the Alfa 159 from a few years back