The Stilo drivers Toni Vilander and Craig Lowndes at the wheel of the Maranello Team’s Ferrari 488 won the famous Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours.
The crew made up of the Finnish Vilander and the Australian Lowndes and Whincup won the classic race that opens the Australian racing season, after a long fight with the Mercedes SLS of the team HTTP. The track of Bathurst again confirmed to be one of the most difficult and spectacular of the world, putting drivers and cars through the wringer. During the 12 racing hours there were many fights among the protagonists and the safety car went in the track many times.
Toni Vilander said:
“Yeah, you know sometimes you have those days, clear track and just felt really comfortable in the car. Even all the traffic seemed like it was dropping in the right places with the right timing.
I had clear air with the car and it felt like it was working perfectly. Even the tyres, I never had to go offline. Sometimes when you’re fast feels like it’s easier so today was definitely one of those days.”
Lowndes celebrated his second 12-hour victory, adding to his six wins in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“I did a lot of the morning shift and looked out for the traffic and brought the car home clean until the restart of my final stint. For me, as Tony said, the car, we rolled it out and didn’t do much with over the course of the couple of days. It was a much nicer car than the 458 over the top of the mountain for both Jamie and I to get familiar with the car.
We did have a good lead into this weekend and we did have some issues but we rectified that. With Tony putting it on pole yesterday we knew that we had a strong car, we just didn’t know who else was going to be strong for the day.”
photo by Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours official web site