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Bathurst 12 Hour: Schnitzer BMW leads tight second session

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Bathurst 12 Hour: Schnitzer BMW leads tight second session
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Feb 2, 2018, 1:05 AM

Augusto Farfus eclipsed his Practice 1 benchmark to lead a close-run second practice session at Mount Panorama for the BMW Team Schnitzer squad.

After topping this morning's opening session, Farfus wasted little time getting down to business second time around. The Brazilian jumped to the top with a 2m03.473 midway through the 45-minute hit-out, that time good enough to leave the Schnitzer BMW he'll share with Chaz Mostert and Marco Wittmann on top once again.

Not by much, though. With a little over 10 minutes to go Kelvin van der Linde went very close to knocking the BMW off top spot, falling just 0.04s short of Farfus' time in the #22 Audi Sport entry.

The sister Audi Sport car wasn't far behind either, the #74 car of Chris Mies/Christopher Haase/Markus Winkelhock just 0.27s off the pace. The BMW Team SRM entry was a further 0.02s adrift, Philipp Eng failing to improve enough to grab a top three spot despite an impressive late stint that included two purple first sectors.

Laurens Vanthoor led the way for Porsche in the #911 Manthey car, going fifth fastest, while his brother Dries was one spot back in the #37 WRT Audi.

Best of the Pro-Am cars was the #12 Competition Porsche (David Calvert-Jones/Patrick Long/Matt Campbell/Alex Davison) in seventh, with the #56 (Maximilian Buhk/Maximilian Goetz/Alvaro Parente) Strakka entry the best of the Mercedes in eighth.

Craig Lowndes made late gains in the #58 YNA McLaren to finish up ninth, with the Pro-Am #8 STM Mercedes (Craig Baird/Max Twigg/Tony D'Alberto) rounding out the Top 10.

The #23 Carrera Cup Asia Porsche led Class B again, the #30 Boat Works M4 GT4 topped Class C, while Will Brown was both fastest in the Invitational class and inside the Top 20 outright in the #91 MARC II entry.

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