The Bathurst 12 Hour has witnessed a wild day of observe motion on Friday forward of Sunday’s race, with an enormous crash sending shockwaves by way of the sector – and former MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi making a press release by topping observe in his first ever laps round Mount Panorama.
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MASSIVE CRASH STUNS
Keith Kassulke has been cleared of main accidents after his dramatic Apply 4 crash in Bathurst.
Kassulke crashed out of ultimate Friday observe after a excessive velocity accident at The Chase.
Monitor imaginative and prescient confirmed the #52 MARC II V8 firing over the kerbs in direction of the tyre limitations.
The automotive ended up on its roof, having made vital contact with the wall.
The velocity at which the automotive left the observe and finally made contact with the wall led to query marks about what might have gone fallacious.
The session was instantly suspended and later declared over as a result of barrier harm.
Kassulke was speaking with restoration crews through the stoppage.
In a press release from the Bathurst 12 Hour, Kassulke was cleared of great accidents.
“Following his accident in Apply 4 for the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour, MARC Vehicles Australia driver Keith Kassulke was taken to the circuit medical centre for checks,” the assertion reads.
“Keith was acutely aware all through, speaking with the restoration groups and suffered no main accidents.
“Additional data will observe when out there.
“The session was purple flagged and was not restarted as a result of harm brought about to the tyre wall following the affect.
“At this stage the reason for the accident has not been decided.”
It ensured Raffaele Marciello ended Friday on high of the time sheets.
Marciello’s 2:03.9958s proved one of the best of a session, with Jules Gounon (#75 Mercedes-AMG) and Mathieu Jaminet (#912 Porsche) second and third.
ROSSI SHINES ON ‘MYTHICAL’ BATHURST
Valentino Rossi has been left impressed by the “legendary” Mount Panorama circuit following his first laps in Bathurst.
Rossi topped Apply 2 on the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour on Friday morning aboard his Staff WRT BMW.
The seven-time MotoGP champion’s session-topping efficiency got here in his first style of the enduring circuit.
It noticed Rossi put to practise almost 20 years of racing the well-known observe on PlayStation and simulators.
Talking to media after Apply 2, the 43-year-old mentioned the 6.213km circuit was “tough” but “nice enjoyable”.
“Already earlier than I knew I [was going to] race right here, we all the time performed within the sim with Mount Panorama,” he mentioned.
“To be right here in Mount Panorama after 20 years of [racing in] sims is an emotion, if you see the observe for the primary time.
“It’s one of many legendary tracks, so from the PlayStation to iRacing now, I make plenty of laps.
“The observe may be very spectacular, it’s one thing totally different. I really feel good with the automotive, I’ve a very good feeling and I’ve good grip [and] I can push.
“It’s very tough, very technical, but in addition very nice enjoyable if you drive.”
Rossi fever has swept by way of Bathurst, with 1000’s of followers flocking to the town CBD to catch a glimpse of the famous person.
Rossi himself is not any stranger to racing Down Beneath, having taken to Phillip Island over the course of his embellished bike profession.
The Italian mentioned each circuits have been related as a result of their challenges, and cited the variations between bikes and automobiles.
Rossi’s Bathurst debut comes after he helped WRT full a memorable one-three consequence on its BMW debut in Dubai.
“You’ve two totally different tracks — it’s a traditional observe [at the bottom] and the Mountain is totally different,” he defined.
“Each lap you need to attempt to make it just a little bit extra [speed] however the partitions are there. I all the time maintain 5 centimetres.
“You must take a little bit of margin as a result of for those who make a mistake, it’s a giant downside.
“Jerry [Burgess] and Gary [Coleman] my guys of the workforce [in MotoGP] raced right here within the ‘70s and ’80s.
“With the bike you want extra space, extra run-off space. In the event you make a mistake it’s a giant downside.
“For me it’s higher with the automobiles. I feel this observe is just not so totally different to Phillip Island [where] you’ve plenty of house and no partitions, however the design is analogous.
“Right here you’ve plenty of adrenaline if you drive, but in addition as a result of you need to make every thing good with out making any errors.
“With the bike you might be exterior so you’re feeling extra the velocity. From factors of view are totally different however from factors of view may be very related.”
HOW TO WATCH
Vehicles will return to the observe on Saturday for Apply 5 at 8:35am native time, adopted by Apply 6 at 10:50am.
Qualifying will observe at 12:45pm, with the Pirelli High 10 Shootout to begin at 4:10pm.
Fox Sports activities and Kayo have dwell protection from Protection begins at 12:30pm AEDT Saturday, and dwell from 5:30am AEDT on Sunday for the race begin, persevering with by way of to six:00pm native that day.
This story initially appeared on Supercars.com and is reproduced with permission.
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