A Class B car topped the time charts in opening practice for Sunday’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The No. 23 Lago Lamborghini Gallardo of Roger Lago, David Russell and Peter Kox led the way in the abbreviated 60-minute session, with Russell recording a best lap of 2:05.939.
Russell’s time, set in the 2011-spec Lambo, was more than one-second clear of the No. 1 Erebus Racing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, which was second overall and quickest of the A class competitors.
While both leading entries are GT3 machines, the Lago Lambo, along with a handful of Audi R8 LMS cars, are competing in Class B, which is open to older-spec GT3 machinery.
The No. 32 NISMO Athlete Global Team Nissan GT-R GT3 was third overall on the time sheets, followed by the No. 48 M Motorsport Lambo in fourth.
The quickest of the Audis was the No. 9 Marc Cini entry with a 2:07.967 lap time.
Aside from the pace-setting Lago Lambo, Class A cars swept the top 11 positions overall. The No. 14 Rotek Racing Audi R8 LMS second quickest in class with a 2:11.060 lap time, but more than five seconds adrift.
The Class A/B session saw two red flags, the first for the No. 69 James Koundouris Porsche of Max Twigg, who went off into the gravel.
Contact between the No. 49 Vicious Rumour Ferrari and Steve Wyatt’s AF Corse Prancing Horse resulted in the second red with less than 10 minute to go. The session did not restart.
Practice 2 is on tap for 1 p.m. local.