TRIUMPH FOR M-MOTORSPORT AND THE KTM X-BOW GT4!
- Australian KTM X-BOW GT4 Importer M-Motorsport triumphs at Mount Panorama
- Glen Wood, Justin McMillan, Dean Lillie & Elliot Barbour bring home the class victory
M-Motorsport, the Australian importer of the KTM X-BOW GT4 was on the start of the legendary Bathurst Long Distance Race for the third time. The prestigious 12-hour race, this year once again part of the SRO "Intercontinental GT Challenge" is among the most well known and best-attended endurance races in the world. There are no fewer than 10 manufacturers represented in the GT3 category, for example. Team boss Justin McMillan had something to prove after his team had a run of bad luck in 2017 and 2018 on the spectacular undulating circuit northwest of Sydney. On one occasion they were forced out of the lead due to a very small defect while they had a four-lap advantage. This year, there were three KTM X-BOW GT4s on the start thanks to cooperation with David Crampton’s Vantage Racing and Exedra Motorsport from Equity One/Dean Koutsoumidis. In this constellation, M-Motorsport was able to shine right from the beginning of the race. Mathias Beche secured the GT4 Pole Position in qualifying ahead of Glen Wood while Trent Harrison was in the fifth position.
The race started early on Sunday morning, and the M-Motorsport team was undeterred by an early setback. Ironically, the KTM X-BOW GT4 on pole with the start number 71 (Dean Koutsoumidis/Mathias Beche/Jake Parsons/James Winslow) fell way back down the order after a small mishap and some minor damage to the suspension. Both of the other teams were well underway and had not made any mistakes. Then, with less than an hour to go and when they were on course for a decisive double victory, a technical defect in the KTM X-BOW GT4 ended the race for the car number 50. The bitter end for David Crampton/Trent Harrison/Tim Macrow/Caitlin Wood was, however, overshadowed by the first Bathurst GT4 overall victory for the KTM X-BOW GT4, and M-Motorsport team boss Justin McMillan's squad. Together with his fellow Australians Glen Wood, Dean Lillie and Elliot Barbour, McMillan triumphed on Mount Panorama to deliver one of the Austrian racing car's biggest successes. The KTM-X-BOW GT4 was developed in cooperation with Reiter Engineering, and is produced in Graz, Styria (Austria).
Team boss Justin McMillan, speaking about overall 20th place and the victory in the GT4 class commented: “I am thrilled that we managed to win our biggest home race. It means a great deal to me to have my boys on the top step of the podium here in Bathurst. It is one of the races that you, as a team boss, and as a driver really wants to win once in your life. That we managed to do it makes me proud and very happy. Many thanks to my team, our friends, partners, and sponsors. I also want to congratulate David and his drivers, and to say how sorry I am that they went out when they were so close. I know they will be back and will make the most of their next chance.