Some of the best racing you never hear anything about.
Fast, new cars are glamorous and exciting but even Saint Ayrton said the best, purest racing he ever did was as an amateur.
So you probably seen Sabine "Queen of the Ring" Schmitz passing a spectacular number of cars in a VLN race before. Amazing stuff but the (hopefully) future Top Gear host is a full time professional, driving the latest model from Porsche, prepared by a very experienced team, on a track she literally grew up driving on.
With that in mind, I give you Joseph Lethal, killing it at a support race for the 2016 Bathurst 12 hours. Lenthall built and prepared his first gen RX7 and this was his first time racing on the mountain course!
Couple of things jump out:
Very smooth, cool driving.
Love the dog leg box and how the engine seemingly revs to 4 million rpm.
That car is hooked up.
Damn, the track is narrow, makes passing at the Nurburgring seem simple.
So why did Joseph start 49th anyway ?
“Last weekend, I travelled to Bathurst to race at Mount Panorama for the first time. After walking the track and being told where not to stick it into the fence, I came back to a prepared car thanks to my crew.
“Practice was great and we finished P14 out of a 61- car field. Qualifying was also good, with another P14 and some time left in the car.
“I got a woeful start in race 1 and dropped back to about 18th. After making my way past a few cars, the alternator belt flicked off and the car stopped coming out of turn 3. Unfortunately, between myself and the marshals, we then badly bent the front of the car while trying to load it on the truck.
“Enter my crew again, who through a drill, hammer, cable ties and race tape straightened the front and got the car ready for Race 2. I started 49th and around the last corner; eventually I finished 15th with a straight and running car.
“I can now say that I have raced my Mazda at Bathurst and it was bloody fantastic.”
(tx to Gordon Mellis and Autoaction.com.au)