Black Diamond Racing’s Matthew Bink has taken a commanding victory in the 2018 LXG Bathurst 1.2 Hour aboard the #38 IMG Lamborghini Huracán. Bink qualified fastest by more than a second and was never headed as he split from the pack to take a lights-to-flag victory. Andrew Dyson started from P6 and recovered for second place in his AD Sport Bentley Continental while Trans-Tasman Gaming’s Cameron Hayes steered his #48 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to third.
The race got underway with a double-file rolling start with Bink on the inside line for turn 1 alongside Jacob Harvey’s Nissan GT-R. Bink got the jump and led the field up Mountain Straight for the first time with Harvey right in behind. Starting third, Adrian Yalpi was swamped by Hayes and Dyson as the Bentley driver almost forced Hayes past up the shoot. That put Hayes and Dyson into third and fourth with Yalpi back to fifth.
As the field got through cleanly on the first lap around Bink continued to lead from Harvey, Hayes, Dyson, Yalpi, Tony Watts, Ewan O’Leary, Will Joseph, Tim Bradley, Chris Snarf, Gavin Deriu, Matthew Woods, Anthony Jewell, Stewart James, Tyler Fisher, Clayton Grassam, Mark Ferdy, Jordan Nicholson, Darryn Mulford and Shane Clarke.
On lap 3 Dyson made a move into Griffin’s Bend to take over third place from Hayes before inheriting second when Harvey binned it at Reid Park just moments later. Harvey rejoined between Yalpi and Watts in fifth position and set about recovering the lost ground. Further down the ten, Bradley made a move on Watts to take sixth place at Griffin’s Bend which he would hold for the remainder of the race in car #63.
Harvey started to claw back ground having taken Yalpi at turn 2 a few laps after his spin for fourth place. He dragged the gap back to Hayes but came unstuck on the exit of turn 1 and clouted the wall, losing five seconds in the process.
From there the gaps stayed stagnant with Bink and Dyson trading the lead of the race throughout the pit stop phases until Dyson made his third and final stop on lap 34 of the 35 lap race, handing the lead and victory to Bink.
The #38 BDR Lamborghini took the checker thirteen seconds ahead of Dyson with Hayes a further fourteen behind the #41 Bentley. Harvey was set to come home in fourth place, but a mistake coming out of the Chase saw him lose the spot to Yalpi on the final lap of the race.
The win for Bink makes it seven wins in a row in 2018 having swept the proceedings at LXG’s V8 Supercar and Toyota GT86 rounds at Yas Marina last weekend. It’s also his first win of any kind at in an LXG race at Mount Panorama having come agonisingly close to a maiden Bathurst 300 win in 2016.
Congratulations to Matthew Bink and thank you to all those who took part in the event!