Bathurst 1000 champ joins Mercedes squad for B12HR

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Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds will head a Mercedes-AMG GT3 lineup in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Erebus Motorsport driver will be paired with John Martin, Liam Talbot and Mark Griffith in the latter’s Mercedes, competing in the Pro-Am class for the February event.

Reynolds is returning to the event after a disappointing campaign last year, when the same AMG he shared with Griffith and Kiwi driver Dominic Storey suffered radiator damage, setting the squad back a number of laps.

“It’s probably one of the best races you go to for the year as a driver,” said Reynolds.

“It’s very relaxed, the cars are quite cool to drive – even though they’re nothing like what we normally drive in Supercars – it’s a lot of fun.

“And we’ve got a good chance to win our class and hopefully even challenge for outright, it’s going to be hard because we’re Pro-Am, but it’s still possible.

“All of the long-distance races you do during the year, they’re always a lot more fun.

“They’re super intense, but they’re also kind of relaxed at the same time. It doesn’t have the whole pressure of Supercars and what not. It’s cool.

“It’s always a good feeling when you know you’ve won at a track before. It is the best racetrack in Australia; any chance you get to drive it, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a taxi or an Uber, you love it.”

Griffith said he is aiming for the Pro-Am class victory in the race.

“We had a great car with Dave last year, unfortunately we had a few little incidents which caused us to eventually retire,” Griffith said.

“This year if we can have the same kind of performance and I can stay on the same lap as the leaders then the other guys can fight to the end.

“We’re going there to do well in the Pro/Am class and in the end, that’s all we can ask. We’re not going there trying to be exciting but Bathurst is Bathurst and who knows what can happen.”

Talbot enters the race as the reigning Class A Am winner, after steering a Walkinshaw-run Porsche to fourth place outright in 2017.

He and Martin also paired aboard the same car in the Australian Endurance Championship, collecting third in last year’s championship.

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour takes place from 2-4 February.