After 12 hours of endurance racing, seconds from every lap lead to minutes and insurmountable deficits for other cars in the pack. At the Bathurst 12 Hours, a Series Production car competition held in Australia, a mere second was all that could be spared.
The McLaren 650S GT3, in its debut at the race, sneaked by the reigning champion of the race, the Nissan GT-R GT3, taking victory by just 1.276 seconds. The 650S not only claimed the win, but also did so from the pole position while setting Mount Panorama Circuit lap records along the way. Four examples of the car participated, with the winning car being from McLaren customer team Tekno Autosports, reclaiming the title for Australia after Japan’s 2015 win broke a domestic winning streak.
The 12-hour race was first officially held in 1991, focused on production cars with minimal modifications. The race was discontinued a few years later before being revived again in 2007 with similar standards, but GT3 classes were invited in 2011 and widespread expansion ensued. However, this led to the original production car focus to fall off, leading to domination by GT3 cars since their inclusion.