In qualifying, Pirelli tires established a new lap record of 2m01.286s over the epic Mount Panorama circuit and then also set a new race lap record of 2m01.567s, crowning a brilliant weekend for the Italian manufacturer.
The Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S GT3 of Shane Van Gisbergen, Alvaro Parente and Jonathan Webb dominated the weekend from start to finish, claiming Pirelli’s first win in Bathurst and McLaren’s most significant endurance racing victory since it triumphed overall at Le Mans in 1995.
The drivers used the latest evolution of Pirelli’s medium compound DMC P Zero tire, which demonstrated performance and consistency both during long stints and short stints, throughout a wide range of temperatures.
In a race contested by a variety of different tire manufacturers, the Pirelli rubber demonstrated a significant performance advantage. This is why Pirelli has been chosen by the world’s top supercar and prestige manufacturers to equip their leading models.
“I knew that the tires would be good, but I didn’t think they would be that good!” said New Zealander Van Gisbergen, who brought the number 59 McLaren home in his own biggest career success to date. “The car was the fastest all weekend: any time I needed a gap, I just stuck the knife in!”
This year’s Bathurst 12 Hours also set a new distance record, underlining the durability as well as the performance of the P Zero. Pirelli additionally won the Am category as well as two of the lower classes.
Matteo Braga, Pirelli’s circuit activity manager, commented: “It was a fantastic weekend for our tires, which played an instrumental role in securing pole position and the race win at Bathurst, as well as lap records in both qualifying and the race.”
The next round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge takes place at the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium from July 28-31.