Audi R8 GT3

2022 Bathurst 12 Hour: Lucky seven for Reynolds

David Reynolds will compete in this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama in an Audi R8 prepared by Tony Bates Racing. The 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner will co-drive with fellow Supercar driver Cam Waters who will join Tony Bates in one of seven Audi R8s competing across a high calibre field.

It will also be the seventh Bathurst 12 Hour start for Reynolds, who has a best finish of fifth in 2016, but the first time Reynolds has driven an Audi at Bathurst. His previous entries saw him drive Mercedes’ apart from his first 12 Hour back in 2011, which was at the wheel of a Porsche.

The C-Tech Laser/AFS Logistics/One Ledger Accountants #24 Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II is the same vehicle that Reynolds has campaigned with Bates in the 2022 GT World Challenge Australia, the pair currently third in the championship standings, ahead of Shane van Gisbergen.

Bates is critical to Reynolds and Waters’ success, with this year’s 12 Hour following a Pro-Am format. This means that all entries must include one amateur ‘bronze’ driver, who must spend at a minimum of three hours in the car with and at least one of those hours in the second half of the race. “The Am drivers will make a genuine contribution to the outcome of the race in the later stages,” said Reynolds. “Fortunately, Batesy is one of the best Am drivers around, so we’re strong in that department.”

Fellow Supercars driver Cam Waters, who claimed the 2020 Bathurst 1000 pole position before finishing second, will team up with Reynolds and Bates to form a formidable trio.

“We all know from Supercars that Cam is one of the best drivers in the country,” said Reynolds. “His pole lap here showed that he sure knows how to peddle a car quickly around the mountain.”

Reynolds and Waters are two of several full-time Supercars drivers racing at this year’s high calibre 12 Hour field, which only adds to the competition and intensity of the race after a one-year hiatus.

“It’s actually the first time I’ve shared a car with Cam, but all of the Supercars drivers are all keen to beat each other – it’s actually great, as we push each other and it means that little but more, which spices things up.”

The Bathurst 12 Hour weekend commences on Friday May 13 with multiple practice sessions before qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Race start will be a pre-sunrise 5:15am. The previous event in 2020 saw a record 314 laps of the 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit completed for a total distance of nearly 1951km, making victory an arduous task.

This year’s May race instead of the usual February timing brings greater likelihood of fog early on in the race, adding to the already formidable challenges including safety cars, wildlife and the perils of racing in the dark.

Coverage of the 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour will be shown on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the Seven Network.

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