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BAYLEY HALL RACING TESTS THE MARC II CAR BEFORE THE BATHURST 12HR

Yesterday at Queensland Raceway the LIQUI-MOLY Bathurst 12Hour’s youngest driver for 2020 Bayley Hall got to test in the MARC II car he’ll be co-driving in for this years edition of the race, the first round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Hall’s driving duties were split between two MARC cars yesterday, the same as what he’ll be undertaking at Mount Panorama in under two weeks time.  Not only is he entered in the main event, he’s also running his own Bayley Hall Racing MARC I Ford Focus V8 in the Combined Sedans class.

The MARC II Ford Mustang V8 is owned by Halls long time supporter Geoff Tauton, whom also pre-owned the MARC I car, during the testing yesterday Taunton was both amused and delighted at Bayleys progress in the larger and more powerful Mustang, “he’s just done a 1.10 time, he’s as fast as me the little ‘bleep’.

The MARC II Mustang owned by Geoff Taunton – Photo: Velocity Magazine

The four driver line up also welcomes Warren Luff into the fold, “Luffy” has raced Supercars and Porsche’s most recently, but also has run in a McLaren at Bathurst for the 12HR event, completing the four is Brad Schumacher another Porsche ace and Bathurst local.

The four driver line up (L-R) Brad Schumacher – Geoff Tauton – Warren Luff – Bayley Hall – Photo: Velocity Magazine

Of the four Luff was fastest but Bayley was only a few tenths off his times and all four drivers times were very consistent in the 1.10’s, 1.11’s – very close to current Supercar times.

We asked Bayley for his take on today’s test session, here is what he had to say:

Shayla Hall Photography has produced a great video from yesterday’s test session with interviews with Bayley, Warren, Geoff and Brad, plus some great on track vision.

Hall will be competing with a mix of cars in the Combined Sedans including ex-Supercars, older Touring Cars, Improved Production, Sports Sedans and TA2 Cars and up against such names as the current Super2 Champion in Bryce Fullwood, Sports Sedans ace Steve Lacey, Super3 drivers Tony Evangelou and Jim Pollicina to name but a few.

BHR’s MARC I car, picture with Bayleys Dad – Roy Hall – Photo: Velocity Magazine

There are marked differences between the two MARC Cars, firstly the horsepower, considerably more in the Mustang, plus the fact its left hand drive, the brakes are quite different too, Luff told Velocity, “the two cars are like chalk and cheese with the differences”.

Bayley gets to hit the track for the first time at 8.40am on Friday morning for the first practice in the main game car, he’ll have plenty of track time with both cars before the big race which starts at 5.45am on Sunday morning.  He has three races in the Combined Sedans.

We at Velocity Magazine are proud to announce that Bayley Hall Racing has chosen our team as their media and photography partners for the Bathurst 12 Hour this year.  We will have three staff members on the ground for the entire event, its our first main event for a big year in 2020.  Keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages with updates from the event, and especially for Bayley Hall Racing.

Here are a few more of our images from the test day yesterday.


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