The Ferrari 458 GT3 tackles Mount Panorama.
The Ferrari 458 GT3 tackles Mount Panorama. Drive

Ferrari blitzes Bathurst

FERRARI'S 458 GT3 has lapped Bathurst's famous Mount Panorama circuit faster than a V8 Supercar during a promotional event on the weekend.

The 2:04.9 lap time set by Allan Simonsen was considerably quicker than the fastest lap managed by a V8 Supercar - 2:06.8 set by Craig Lowndes during practice for the Bathurst 1000 last year.

The Ferrari 458 GT3 will race at the Bathurst 12-Hour event in February 2012, and the first-out lap time is already more than four seconds faster than any GT3 car that has managed around the 6.2 kilometre circuit in the past.

"This car is damn fast! Given this is our first test, it's certainly nice to break the lap record finally and we did it in style," said driver Allan Simonsen after setting the record.

"These new generation cars are all going to have a fast pace, and there's no doubt the (Bathurst) 12-Hour is going to be very fast and incredibly competitive - it's an event I'm definitely looking forward to on the calendar," he said.

The fastest unofficial lap of the Mount Panorama circuit was set by formula one driver Jensen Button at a promotional event earlier this year. Button lapped the track in a McLaren F1 car in 1:48.48.


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