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Singleton racer wins class in Bathurst 6 Hour

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Singleton racer Ryan Gilroy has won their class in the Toyota 86 Series at the Bathurst 6 Hour over the weekend. 

The 19-year-old and his co-driver Brianna Wilson were 1st overall in their class, came 25th in the race after qualifying in 55th position and not only that the team had a lap record in their class.

Ryan told Radio Hunter Valley they beat some of the faster cars in their class, which was a very good feeling.

"We ended up winning our class in the Bathurst 6 Hour this year and we ended up finishing 28th outright as well so we ended up beating some of the much faster cars in the class," he said.

"The team at RaceAway Track Time, and myself and my co-driver Brianna Wilson we did a pretty good effort and we brought it home."

"The Bathurst 6 Hour is a production car race and there's obviously different classes of cars to make things a bit fair rather than having everyone running in the outright class because we were up against BMW M4's and we were in a Mazda 3 so that isn't fair so we have a classing system in that sense," said Ryan.

"I qualified 55th, so I ended up starting around the corner at Bathurst that's how far back we were!"

"I led our class basically from the first corner to the checkered flag which was pretty cool."

It was Ryan's first time racing at Mount Panorama after not being able to compete at the Bathurst 500 in the Toyota 86 Series due to a qualification error.

"It was my first, it's one of the big three that they hold at Bathurst and it was pretty cool to get your name in the history books."

Ryan and Brianna were reaching speeds of 226km/hr down the back straight of the track at Mount Panorama.

"Which is pretty good for a Mazda 3!"

"It was pretty cool and hopefully the trophy gets here soon, it was pretty cool to get up on the Bathurst Podium. It was only two years ago I was standing on the other side of the fence watching Scott McLaughlin win the 1000 and standing on the top step so getting to stand on the top step myself was a pretty cool experience," said Ryan.

The next race is at Winton at the end of May.

A mega weekend for RyanGilroy, taking out a class victory at the Bathurst 6 Hour!! 🏆 Ryan started 55th on the grid and came through to finish 28th outright and 1st in class. PIRTEK | Reaction Performance

Posted by Sieders Racing on Monday, 5 April 2021