Bathurst 12 Hour: Crashes cut final practice short
Dries Vanthoor topped the final practice session for the Bathurst 12 Hour, as late crashes for Oliver Jarvis and Daniel Serra cut running short.
The session was delayed for a uniquely Australian reason, kangaroos on the circuit forcing cars back into pitlane moments after heading out.
Once the wildlife was cleared it was Marco Mapelli that set the pace in the #63 FFF Lamborghini, his 2m03.549s the fastest lap of the weekend to that point.
With five minutes to go Vanthoor went even quicker, putting the #2 Valvoline Audi on top with a 2m03.443s as the qualifying sims beckoned.
However hopes of further improvement were dashed seconds later when a pair of spectacular crashes led to the session being red flagged.
One was Jarvis, his Bentley return rocked by what seemed to be a brake failure at the Chase. He tipped the car into the left-hander early to try and wipe off speed, but couldn't avoid ending up in the outside tyre wall.
At the same time Daniel Serra was caught out on the way into Skyline, the #27 Hub Auto Ferrari firing into the gravel and then into the wall right before the entry to the Dipper.
Mapelli's early time was good enough for second, he and Vanthoor the only drivers to dip under the 2m04s mark.
The #222 Valvoline Audi was next best with a 2m04.152s, followed by Ben Barker in the Pro-Am #4 Grove Porsche.
Chaz Mostert set the best time in the #34 Walkenhorst BMW, a 2m04.242s leaving that car fifth, with the #60 59 Racing McLaren sixth, the #999 GruppeM Mercedes seventh, and the #911 Absolute Porsche, #77 Craft-Bamboo Mercedes and the #7 M-Sport Bentley rounding out the Top 10.
Cameron McConville led the way in the Silver class, putting the #6 Wall Lamborghini 17th.