Posts Tagged ‘McLaren 650S GT3’

(P Greenfield)

Niel Allen blasts 5 litres of fuel-injected Chevy off the line at Bathurst, Easter 1970- McLaren M10B Chev F5000…

Peter Greenfield has beautifully captured Niel at the start of the historic three lap ‘Captain Cook Trophy’ in which Allen set a lap record at Bathurst with a time of 2:9.7 seconds which stood for 32 years until it was taken by John Bowe in a Ford V8 AU Supercar with 2:8.3873 to take provisional pole in 2002. Brad Jones did a race lap of 2:9.5705 in the same AU Falcon.

Whilst the track changed in the interim period as to a much better surface it was slowed by the high speed ‘The Chase’ on Conrod. Not to mention the fact that the last Easter Meeting with outright open-wheelers took place in 1973- the track had simply become too dangerous for cars of that performance envelope as it then was.

The feature event on the program that Easter 1970 weekend was the second round of the Australian Touring Car Championship which was won by Norm Beechey’s Holden Monaro GTS350, click here to read about that race;

(Rod MacKenzie)

Start of the lap record race, above, with an obscured Niel Allen over against the Pit Counter. On this side is John Harvey, Brabham BT23E Repco and in white, Leo Geoghegan, Lotus 39 Repco- there was life in the old dog though, in beating Harves in the racing car 13 lapper Leo did a 2:12.1, the fastest ever time by a Tasman 2.5 car at Bathurst.

This meeting must have been just about the last race for each of those cars before John and Leo jumped into the Bob Britton built Jane Repco V8 and Lotus 59B Waggott respectively for the balance of their 1970 Gold Star campaigns- a title won by Geoghegan.

(J Bondini Collection)

The shadows are getting longer- Niel squints in the afternoon sun as he guides his 5 litre missile around Hell Corner for the blast up Mountain Straight- McLaren M10B in the pantheon of Formula 5000 cars one of the greats.

Niel Allen collects one of his trophies for the weekend from Chris Davison (C Williams)

Allen did a qualifying lap of 2:11.2 with a trick flat-plane crank Chev engine fitted to one of the fastest F5000’s on the planet at the time. The 1970 NZ GP winner flew around the treacherous for ultra fast single-seaters, circuit to do his amazing time- 171.7 miles per hour down Conrod in the process, a much narrower strip of bitumen than it is now.

The current Bathurst lap records are held by McLarens.

Shane van Gisbergen did a 2:1.5670 in his McLaren 650S GT3 during the February 2016 Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race. Jenson Button did a 1:48.88 in his F1 McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes in the pre-event Vodaphone publicity session he did with Craig Lowndes and his V8 Supercar prior to the 2011 AGP at Albert Park- I do like the symmetry of ‘another’ McLaren single-seater holding the ‘lap record’ even though the time was not set in a race.

I wish.



Peter Greenfield,, Road & Track, Wikipedia, Rod MacKenzie, ‘Bathurst: Cradle of Australian Motor Racing’ John Medley, Craig Williams

Tailpiece: Shane Van Gisbergen, McLaren 650S 2016…

(Road and Track)



(Daniel Kalisz)

Shane van Gisbergen’s winning McLaren 650S GT3 dives into The Esses during its victorious run on 6/7 February 2016…

The McLaren won the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race held at the classic Mount Panorama circuit last weekend from the Chiyo/Kelly/Strauss Nissan GT-R GT3 and Bell/Karel/Smith Bentley Continental GT3. The McLaren won the race by 1.2 seconds, the Nissan the 2015 defending champion.


Florian Strauss in the 2nd placed Nissan GT-R ahead of the 3rd placed Bentley Continental GT3, Griffins Bend. The bucolic beauty of Bathurst and elevation of Mount Panorama clear in this shot looking down Mountain Straight (Daniel Kalisz)

The event was first held in 1991 and has evolved from a competition between ‘Series Production’ cars to an international race comprising GT3 (Class A) GT3 Porsche Cup Cars (Class B) GT4 (Class C) and Invitational. This year the race was the first round of the ‘Intercontinental GT Challenge’ which includes the Sepang 12 Hours and Spa 24 Hours and is sanctioned/organised by the Stephane Patel Organisation.

37000 punters drove to Bathurst, a magnificent 1850’s ‘Gold Rush’ era town in NSW’s Central Tablelands 200 Km from Sydney (the October V8 Supercar Classic achieves 200000 folks over 4 days) to see an interesting variety of cars race from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.


Top left Klark Quinn McLaren 650S, top right and bottom Shane van Gisbergen McLaren 650S (Daniel Kalisz)

The field included a strong entry of V8 Supercar drivers and Internationals including Marcus Winkelhock, Guy Smith and ex-F1 drivers Mika Salo, Bernd Schneider and Andrea Montermini.

The lead of the race changed over 30 times, the winning McLaren prevailed despite 13 pitstops and a drive-thru penalty. The variety of the field is reinforced by the 4th placed Audi R8 LMS and 5th placed Mercedes SLS AMG GT3; five marques in the first five places.

Time to go and see this race!


1,2 seconds separated the winning McLaren 650S from 2nd placed Nissan GT-R at the race’ conclusion (Daniel Kalisz)


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2016 Bathurst 12 Hour podium ceremony with drivers of the first 3 cars as per the text; Gisbergen, Webb and Parente the winning crew (Daniel Kalisz)

Photo Credit…

Daniel Kalisz, Getty Images


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Guy Smith in the 3rd placed Bentley Continental GT3 (Daniel Kalisz)