GWR Australia’s six Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour drivers are confident of a strong showing in tomorrow’s production car endurance race, after solid performances across the two cars in qualifying today.
Garth Walden qualified the Race for a Cure Mitsubishi Evo X in sixth position outright, and while Walden was self-critical of his performance, the car’s other drivers Ben and Michael Kavich were thrilled with the result.
“The Evo has been a good race car all weekend, but I didn’t quite get the ultimate speed out of it in qualifying,” Walden said.
“I’m very competitive and I’m always looking for more performance, but the bigger picture is the race tomorrow, and we’re in good shape.”
“Michael and I are stoked so far, having Garth’s skill and feedback has enabled both of us to raise the game with our driving,” Ben Kavich added.
“As a driver combination, we’ve been improving all weekend, and our combined pace is very competitive – tomorrow, we just need to stay out of trouble.”
The Kavich brothers are also thrilled by the show of support for Race for a Cure and Breast Cancer Trials.
“We’ve already raised $7,000 for Breast Cancer Trials, which is absolutely fantastic,” Kavich said.
“The exposure from this event has enabled us to raise a lot of awareness for the cause, and the support from the media and general public has been amazing.”
The HPS Transport Mercedes A45 AMG of Michael Auld/Richard Bloomfield/Brian Walden will start 15th on the grid, Auld admitting qualifying did not quite go to plan.
“All my good laps were affected by traffic, and I made a few mistakes on the laps where I had a clear run,” Auld said.
“We have a good race car though, and Michael and Brian’s times have been improving all weekend.
“I’m really enjoying the Mercedes, I’m getting the hang of the ABS and all-wheel-drive,” Bloomfield said.
“I did a lot of laps in the final practice session this morning, and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
The Bathurst 6 Hour commences at 11:30 tomorrow morning.