Matteo Cairoli ended his first Bathurst 12 Hour with the 7th place. Competing with a Porsche 911 GT3 R car alongside team-mates Dirk Werner and Thomas Preining, the 23-year-old Italian delivered a strong account of himself at the Mount Panorama circuit, in the first round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge season.
Starting from the sixth row of the grid, the Absolute Racing drivers had an impressive pace since the opening laps, fighting costantly for the first positions and taking the lead with two hours to go. Unfortunately a late brake issue prevented them to achieve a podium result. Eventually Cairoli, Werner and Preining finished in the top-ten.
“I drove for three hours and 40 minutes, but it seems we completed a 48-hour race. It was very tough and hot, with over 40 degrees”, Cairoli explained, “I am very happy for this result, because I didn’t make any mistake. Our main goal was to finish the race and we did it. The team strategy was very good. At a moment we also took the lead. Without the brake issue and a car front damage after Thomas had a slight contact with the wall, we certainly could finish on the podium”.
Matteo Cairoli now turns again his attention to the FIA WEC which heads to Austin on 22/23 this month.