Racing from last to second in the Am class, that was the superb drive by Andrea Montermini, Benny Simonsen and Renato Loberto in the Bathurst 12 Hour. After a troubled qualifying, the trio was outstanding in their Vicious Rumour Racing car and made it onto the podium behind the race winners, the Athlete Global Team Nissan crewed by Florian Strauss, Katsumasa Chiyo and Wolfgang Reip. In third place was the Hallmark-Network Clothing Audi of Cini-Eddy-Mies. The other two Ferraris in this class, the 27 car entered by TFM Ferrari Motorsport New Zealand and the 29 car of Team Pirelli both unfortunately had to retire from the race.
There was further disappointment for Ferrari in the Pro-Am class. The number 77 AF Corse car led the race until but went out after a collision with the 36 Mercedes of Dean Canto, with the car ending up in the barriers, this brought out the Safety Car for the twelfth time in the race. There were 20 neutralised periods in total, a record in the history of this race. The other Ferrari also strugged, Mok Weng Sun, Toni Vilander and Matt Griffin finished in sixth place in class that was won by the Phoenix Racing Audi driven by Mapelli-Vanthoor-Winkelhock.
For Ferrari the Bathurst 12 Hours had already got off to a bad start, when the Maranello Motorsport car, winner here in 2014, crashed into the barriers during qualifying, with Australia’s Tony D’Alberto driving. The team had to withdraw and D’Alberto had visit hospital. Happily , D’Alberto has now been discharged and is heading home with wife Steffanie.