Current MG Racers Glen Wood, Cody Hill and Rhys Howell all enjoyed success at Bathurst recently during the 12 Hour.
Wood and Hill combined together in a KTM X-Bow GT4 for M Motorsport, the Reiter Engineering car had a strong run despite challenges with the balance of performance, “the BOP killed us, we have been given higher ride height, camber restrictions, refuelling restrictions and power restrictions over last year, we are driving it flat out to just stay in the game” Wood spoke during the event. Wood had a strong run qualifying the car, and spent the early part of the race running in the top 4 GT4 cars against strong opposition from Ginetta and BMW with their new M4 GT4. “We just don’t have the speed, the BMW is so fast in a straight line compared to us, we are hoping for a clean run and a top 3 if we can”.
Hill noted the car’s characteristics would make it a longer day, “the car is like one giant wing and we struggle with speed over a distance compared to the M4, over the top here it really loads your arms and wrists up”. The pair combined to finish a credible 3rd in GT4 despite their team mates crashing out early on, the BMW M4’s were in a different league.
Rhys Howell joined the Daytona Sportscars team in the invited class, pedalling a Daytona Coupe with a 7 Litre V8 and paddle shift gearbox the car ran faultlessly until in the 4th hour the broke a right hand axle, that resulted in a lengthy repair before breaking the left hand one in the 6th hour. The team rallied and finished the race 3rd in the Invited 2 class with Howell commenting on how the team never gave up “we had a long day but it was a great team, the guys just never gave up and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to turn laps at this track in such an amazing car”.
Wood turns his focus to the Australian GT Championship while Hill starts focusing on his European racing season, Howell will be out in Sportscars during 2018.