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AT SIXTEEN YEARS OLD Bayley Hall is the youngest driver to ever stand on the Bathurst 12 Hour podium, his goal was to just finish the race, too achieve a podium finish was a dream come true. Two fires and an engine change during the race, the MARC Cars Australia Mustang kept on going to finish third in the invitational class.

And the team was up against it from the word go, into the first stint the car caught fire spectacularly after being refueled, Warren Luff bailed quickly, the team worked hard and got the MARC Mustang back on track, but the car was down on power so they elected to change the engine mid-race. The raced was then capped off with another fire, but the team fought on to get the third spot on the podium.

“I will never forget my first ever Bathurst 12 hour that’s for sure. The mountain nearly conquered us but our team didn’t give up the fight & we got to finish the race & achieve a 3rd place podium. I am so grateful to Geoff Taunton for believing in me & giving me the opportunity to be a part of his team & gain so much valuable experience & memories.”

“It was an absolute honour to have Warren Luff as a part of our team who gave me invaluable support sharing so much time & knowledge with me.  The entire two month lead up to this great event just made waking up early Sunday morning so special.”

“It was great to get into the racing atmosphere with the team so early in the day. It really was a dream to see and to be on the inside of all the cameras and team garages I felt really proud to be a part of this high level racing series.”

“It certainly wasn’t planned to have an early engine drama that cost us about 3 hours as our incredible team worked their hearts out to complete an engine swap and get the car back on track. I was grateful to be able to complete two and half hours of driving in total after thinking it was game over after only 30 laps and repay the team with a third place result in our class.”

“Putting all the drama & emotions aside it was such a dream come true to complete my first 12 hour event & to bring our car home completely straight with all the pressures upon us was amazing & a credit to all of our drivers. Sadly we couldn’t compete at the level we hoped to due to our engine & fuel issues but thanks to our team our main goal was to finish the race & we proudly got to do that. To stand on that podium that so many of my idols have stood on was an Unforgettable moment in time for me and I cannot wait for the chance to do it again.”

The Liqui Moly Bathurst 12HR starts in the dark on Mount Panorama – Photo: Velocity Magazine
Bayley’s family on the grid (L-R) Roy, Bayley Shayla and Nadine – Photo: Velocity Magazine
The climb up to Reid Park late Sunday afternoon – Photo: Velocity Magazine
Bayley’s MARC I V8 Ford Focus in the Chase – Photo: Velocity Magazine

Bayley also competed in his own MARC I Car, a V8 Ford Focus in the Wake Up Hostels Combined Sedans, he qualified the car on second spot, surprising a number of drivers first up Friday morning!

In the first race he finished in 6th spot after battling with fellow MARC Cars driver Jason Busk, also from Queensland.  For race two he was classified in 4th, however this was elevated to 2nd after two competitors ahead of him were relegated for infringements during the race.  The final race of the weekend saw Bayley showing his true skills taking third in the race and holding off more experienced drivers in higher powered cars.

The excellent results in the races meant that Bayley was 2nd on the podium overall for the event.

“With two trophy’s and podiums under my belt this weekend it was definitely one unforgettable weekend thanks to the teams determination and the mutual support from all teammates pushing each other along the way. I am so grateful to my sponsors, supporters, team mates & especially my family who support me through every step of this journey. Thanks also to the team at Velocity Magazine for all the great photos and reports.

WATCH THE AMAZING VIDEO FROM Shayla Hall Photography from the Bathurst 12HR

Next up for Bayley will be running his MARC I car in the GT1 Australia class at Morgan Park Raceway 3-5 April.

All photos: Velocity Magazine


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