An Almost Perfect Performance For Team Redline In The Bathurst 12 on iRacing

February 25, 202411 min read

Team Redline dominated the 2024 iRacing Bathurst 12 Hour race in impressive fashion, leading to them being the undisputed ‘Kings of the mountain’ in the GT3 special event. It could well have been a 4 car lockout, but the #44 was involved in incident whilst leading and had to retire the car[i].

This race was the second endurance race in the iRacing Special Events calendar for 2024, and the 4th event overall and despite worries of typical carnage in the opening stanza of the race, attrition was surprisingly low with 39 out of the 49 registered teams still running at the finish. In fact, there was not a single retirement in the first hour, highlighting a degree of both fuel saving and caution throughout the field. Especially as the sun is effectively rising at the start of the race, this could go down as one of the most successful racing hours in iRacing Endurance racing recent memory.

It was the #20 Redline car starting on Pole Position, with Luke Bennett a full two tenths faster than the rest of the field. Bennett has a reputation of being able to turn in clutch laps under pressure in big events, and this was no exception. Although the rear of the field were barely out of the chase when the green flag fell, early racing was competitive yet clean. One team didn’t take the green, this being the #43 Altus Esports car whom ironically at some point in their history could have called this their ‘home’ race.

The early casualty in the race was the #16 BS+ Competition car, who lost 4 laps after an incident with an Apex Racing academy car. Just at the top of the first hour, it was the turn of Sontek’s #11 and Team PGZ’s #119 to come together, putting both out of the race. Whilst this was going on, the #7 and #20 Team Redline cars were working together to try and pull out a gap to the rest of the field. This is easier said than done in a one class endurance event as there’s less traffic to help in terms of gap management, but the teams had a strategy locked down which would work throughout the race.

Apex Racing Team fell out of contention early thanks to speeding on Pit Lane. This is is a slightly rare occurrence, but still possible especially with the tight entry onto the lane itself. Aside from this, there was a period in the race where everything was almost going too smoothly; to put it in the words of the commentary team: “Is this even Bathurst?!”. In typical fashion, the curse of the commentatorsTM fashion, two big names would come together to add an adrenaline shot to the excitement. This was the race leading #44 Team Redline car, who made contact with an Apex car coming out of Skyline. This typically is one of the toughest sections of track, and follow up contact with a Williams Academy car halted the potential for a full Team Redline lockout; they did however have the Top 3 still under control, which looked almost unbeatable throughout the event.

In terms of other racing points to note, the Mouz Stream Team (Famous across Esports and in ESL R1 in 2023 in particular) had a spin at Forrest’s Elbow, which caused a slight concertina effect with cars behind deciding that they wanted their ‘Darlington Stipes’ on a road course rather than an oval. SimRC also cement themselves with the #1 spot in the next iRacing Top 10 moments, and potentially have secured the title of ‘Save of the year’ the next time someone comes up with such a category (Here’s looking at you VCO!) with four and a quarter hours to go. Starting at the rear of the field, they managed 37th overall which is uncharacteristic for such a well-established GT team, but such was the level of competition on display today.

This is now just one of a number of GT Class dominant displays by Team Redline, who keep trying to add more weight to their claim of being ‘The World’s Best Sim Racing Team’. After 12 hours of racing, their nearest rival was over a minute behind the race winning #20 being driven home to the flag in typical fashion by Chris Lulham. With the next iRacing Endurance Special Event being at Sebring in 4 weeks time, the question will be if Redline try to continue their GT dominance, or seek the trifecta as we return to Multi-Class IMSA style racing.

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Don’t forget that the Sebring 12 Hours (Powered by VCO) will be broadcast by RaceSpot TV, as well as being available on iRacing’s YouTube. Until then, many many sim racing teams will be thinking about how to ascend to the top of the iRacing Endurance Special Event mountain (Which apparently is different to the mountain at Mount Panorama), and unseat Redline.

Race Results

PCar #Team NameGapIntStart PosPos GainCar
120 Team Redline (Chris Lulham) Lap34410Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
2Team Redline (Sam Kuitert) 28.78228.78231Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
370 Team Redline (Gianni Vecchio) 30.4641.68252Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
433 Simufy Esports (Tristan Iglesias) 01:04.834.28940Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
515 Williams Esports BenQ (Louis Nahser) 01:07.42.64461Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
699 Apex Racing Team (Alex Dunne) 01:10.73.3051610Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
7Dörr Esports (Dylan Birse) 01:11.10.42670Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
889 BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION (Rainer Talvar) 01:11.60.476113BMW M4 GT3
910 MAHLE RACING TEAM (Felix Quirmbach) 01:14.62.993101BMW M4 GT3
10Williams Esports Chillblast (Daniel Lafuente) 01:39.825.2349-1Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
11169 DRAGO RACING (Ricardo Rico) 01:56.116.257143Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
12001 Virtualcoach.gg by GnG (Kody Deith) 1 Lap1 Lap2-10Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
13Williams Esports Fanatec (Kamil Grabowski) 1 Lap4.242130Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
14696 Drago HC (Jakub Maciejewski) 1 Lap2.19612-2Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
1577 Williams Esports Academy (Beckham Jacir) 1 Lap2.659227Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
16Falken Simracing Team Blue (Luca Wunsch) 1 Lap33.015248Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
17144 Simufy Esports (Lucas Pérez) 1 Lap15.988236Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
1814 Simufy Esports (Alejandro Avín Ruisánchez) 1 Lap0.078213Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
1912 Entropiq x PFBR (Martin Kadlecík) 1 Lap7.004278Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
20114 Team PGZ (Lewis Woods) 1 Lap12.418200Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
21Altus Esports (Edoardo Leo) 1 Lap19.12417-4Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
22123 WSR Esports ButtKicker (Daniel Ferguson) 1 Lap18.6034018BMW M4 GT3
2362 Brabham Esports (David Toth) 2 Laps1 Lap4623BMW M4 GT3
2413 ATRS eSports (Gabriel Erdelyi) 2 Laps8.392295Ferrari 296 GT3
25111 Altitude Esports (James F Beumee) 2 Laps6.63415-10Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
26GermanSimRacing.de by ACV (Massimo Locatello) 2 Laps38.8763812Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
27124 Team PGZ (Jorge D.Garcia) 2 Laps32.6484518Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
2825 BMW M Team MOUZ (Moritz Löhner) 3 Laps1 Lap3911BMW M4 GT3
29Delinte eSports by TK (Jackson Rezende) 3 Laps3.8594415BMW M4 GT3
3069 DRAGO RACING (Alfonso Urrutia Mulas) 3 Laps3.475300Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
3196 BS+TURNER (Nathan S Lewis) 3 Laps1.331376BMW M4 GT3
3218 ____DiveBoom Racing Gold (Raul Ontañon) 3 Laps23.3794311BMW M4 GT3
3391 Sabelt ESPORTS (Emanuele Petri) 3 Laps39.505341Ferrari 296 GT3
3417 FYRA SimSport (Malthe Rømer) 3 Laps9.945428Ferrari 296 GT3
3597 Apex Racing Academy (Lorenzo Manfredotti) 3 Laps14.71332-3Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
3688 Williams Esports Academy (Qio-Tiago Marteau) 3 Laps7.2226-10Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
3776 SimRC (Marvin Strehl) 4 Laps1 Lap4912Ferrari 296 GT3
3816 BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION (Bruno Spengler) 6 Laps2 Laps31-7BMW M4 GT3
3923 WSR Esports ButtKicker (Lukas Lindqvist) 6 Laps46.422412BMW M4 GT3
4098 Apex Racing Academy (Mads Johansen) 83 Laps77 Laps33-7Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020
41969 Drago Hops Custom (Arturo Melgar) 122 Laps38 Laps476BMW M4 GT3
42Falken Simracing Team Teal (Jonas Rütten) 170 Laps48 Laps36-6Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
4344 Team Redline (Gustavo Ariel) 199 Laps28 Laps8-35Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
4422 Sontek Racing (Sami-Matti Trogen) 255 Laps56 Laps25-19Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
45002 Grid-and-Go.com eSports (Yoann Rouyer) 282 Laps26 Laps18-27Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
4671 BMW M Team MOUZ (Maximilian Benecke) 285 Laps3 Laps19-27BMW M4 GT3
4711 Sontek Racing (Lassi Juurinen) 314 Laps29 Laps28-19Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO
48119 Team PGZ (Leandro Anderrüti) 314 Laps0.98135-13Ferrari 296 GT3
4943 Altus Esports (Carlos Fenollosa) 347 Laps32 Laps48-1Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO

[i] With Team Redline having Max Verstappen on their roster, is it perhaps surprising that there’s a #44 Team Redline car considering how that number in F1 is tied to Lewis Hamilton.

[Main Image h/t Team Redline Twitter]

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I am the Editor in Chief of RaceSpot News, and one of the Co-Founders of RaceSpot TV & RaceSpot Live Events. I have been involved in Sim Racing Esports broadcasting since 2011 as a commentator, producer, project manager and journalist, covering some of the largest Sim Racing Esports events in the world.


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