On request from the PROsport Performance team, Nico Verdonck headed off down under to Australia for the first time to take part in the 12 Hours of Bathurst. If on the one hand for the Belgian driver and his teammates the race unfortunately came to premature end, the Brussels based competitor definitely left his mark thanks to his performances and notably producing a new lap record in the GT4 category.
Never before had Nico Verdonck set foot on Australian soil. Since last weekend this has been rectified! The Brussels based driver was at the start of the 12 Hours of Bathurst, the beginning of this season’s top endurance event. “I set off from 34th and last place on the grid”, Nico smiled. “This was the first time I had taken a night start, as is the tradition in Bathurst. It was impressive…but I very quickly found my rhythm! During my double-stint I succeeded in climbing up into 22nd spot, third in our category. While on the subject, I significantly improved the reference lap time for a GT4 on the renowned Mount Panorama circuit: the previous record set by an Aston Martin was 2’19’’2, and I lapped the circuit in 2’17’’5, in other words one and a half seconds faster!”
Photos Bathurst 12 Hours