Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Female Drivers at the Bathurst 12 Hours: the results


Rahel Frey in the Audi pits in 2014

Despite its relatively short history, the Bathurst 12 Hours is one of Australia’s biggest motorsport events. It began in 1991 as an endurance race for touring cars, in the spirit of the original Bathurst 1000 races, which had, by then, become far more specialised. The race has had several incarnations, with different rules and classes. One year, 1995, it moved to Eastern Creek Raceway. In 2002, it was relaunched, after a hiatus, as a 24-hour race, but this proved unpopular, and it returned in its original format in 2007. Since then, it has incorporated classes for production saloons, touring cars and GT and sportscars.

Female drivers have been involved in the race almost from the start, and have scored several top-ten finishes. Some of Australia’s most accomplished women drivers have done well. In recent years, female participation has declined, but this may reverse in due course.
Here are the results of all female drivers in the Bathurst 12 Hours. As ever, in the case of a mixed team, the woman’s name comes first, for clarity. For profiles of some of the drivers involved, please click here.

1992
Melinda Price/Tracey Taylor/Michelle Callaghan (Nissan Pulsar SSS) – 17th
Jane Taylor/Alf Grant/Peter Brierley (Holden VN Commodore S) – DNF

1993
Jane Taylor/Chris Wiles/Chris Clearihan (Citroen BX16) – DNF

1994
Michelle Callaghan/Brian Callaghan/Chris Symmonds (Toyota Corolla GTi) – 23rd
Heather Baillie/Gwenda Searle (Toyota Celica ZR) – DNF

1995 (Eastern Creek 12 Hour)
Liz Hurst/Greg Hurst/Andrew Leithead (Subaru Impreza WRX) – 6th

2002 (Bathurst 24 Hours)
Melinda Price/Herman Tilke/Peter Hansen (Honda S2000) – 14th
Debbie Chapman/Dennis Chapman/Scott O’Donnell/Lindsay O’Donnell (BMW 318i) – DNF

2003 (Bathurst 24 Hours)
Heather Spurle/Martin Short/Patrick Pearce/Charles Lamb (Mosler MT900R) – 5th
Liz Halliday/Andrew Donaldson/Ian Donaldson/Peter Floyd (Porsche 996 GT3-RS) – 7th
Melinda Price/Herman Tilke/Tim Harvey/Jonathon Rowland (Porsche 996 GT3-RS) – DNF

2007
Amber Anderson/Danielle Argiro/Helen Stig (Toyota Celica SX) – 21st
Leanne Tander/Lauren Gray/Christina Orr/Samantha Reid (Holden Astra CDTi Turbo) – DNF

2009
Leanne Tander/Lee Burges/Terry Conroy (Honda Integra Type S) – 13th
Lauren Gray/Rob Thomson/John de Veth (BMW 130i) – 26th
Christina Orr/Heather Spurle/Molly Taylor (Subaru Impreza) – 27th

2010
Leanne Tander/Terry Conroy/Gerry Burgess (Honda Integra Type S) – 13th
Lauren Gray/Michael Gray/Tony Head (Toyota Corolla Sportivo) – 19th

2012
Sarah Harley/Robert Thomson/Christian Klien (Lotus Exige) – 9th

2014
Rahel Frey/René Rast/Laurens Vanthoor (Audi R8 LMS Ultra) – 5th

2017
Leanne Tander/Nick Rowe/Gerard McLeod/Tim Leahey (MARC Mazda 3) - 30th

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5 comments:

  1. Sad to see nothing about Helen Stig. Shame on you.

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  2. Sad to see nothing about Helen Stig. Shame on you.

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  3. Helen Stig is competing in the Snowy Mountains 1000 on Saturday last time she competed she won

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  4. Helen Stig is competing in the Snowy Mountains 1000 on Saturday last time she competed she won

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  5. Helen is on my list of new drivers for write-up. Watch this space.

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