February 9, 2014
Ferrari conquers the Mountain
It was an an amazing end to the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour. which came down to a restart with just 12 minutes left.
“Thirty minutes to go in the race and we had about a 25s lead over the McLaren, it was closing fast, it must have been having problems. Then the Mercedes closed the gap really quick, the safety car came out and it diminished any gap we would have had.
I knew the Merc was always going to be quick in a straight line, and these guys have been telling me all week the Ferrari is generally quick across the top and that is a section I really enjoy. I had to push hard to get a gap, to get a car and half for a bit of a buffer zone. I didn’t know if it was going to be enough" Said Lawndes after the race
“With two or three laps to go, went down the outside into turn two, and was able to hold the inside line and get a gap, but of course, that diminished with some back markers. We didn’t change brakes, it was fading but it was ok.
Had to give it a couple of pumps going into the Chase, very thankful the time ran out and we didn’t have to do another lap. I was doing my best, running on the inside lines, making the Merc go around the long way, thankfully we had enough.”
The team dedicated the win to Allan Simonsen, who drove for Maranello Motorsport in past editions of the 12 Hour.
Check out the final minutes in this clip with commentary from Radio LeMans' legendary John Hindhaugh. How does he do it?