Previously, the lap record stood as Shane van Gisbergen’s time set in the 12 Hour race itself – a 2:01.5670s recorded in 2016 aboard a McLaren 650S.
That was only narrowly slower than his pole time from the same year, a 2:01.2860s, which was not bettered in qualifying at the 12 Hour in 2017 or ’18.
The Audi driven by Mies is among a fleet of R8s expected to enter the 12 Hour, although is not subject to Balance of Performance ballast and air restrictors while running at Challenge Bathurst.
Mies has been sharing the driving at Challenge Bathurst with Supercars ace and Audi 12 Hour regular Garth Tander, who the German said sacrificed his own running for the lap.
Tander is credited with a best time of 2:00.3310s, set in a later session.
1:59:30 min - new track record @Bathurst12hour 🙌 I dreamed about this for years. Being on my favorite track in a GT3 car with no restrictions and no weight 😱 this shows you how fast these GT cars can be 😅 thank you @audisport team MPC for fulfilling my dream 🙊 1/2