After winning the 12 hours of Bathurst (Australia) in 2011 and 2012, Phoenix Racing fights for a third victory in the race on 8 February with a slightly changed driver line-up.
Because Audi factory driver René Rast (D) must pursue his new sportscar commitments, Laurens Vanthoor (B) switches within the team to drive alongside Markus Winkelhock (D) and Marco Mapelli (I) in the black Audi R8 LMS ultra with start number ‘15’.
Joining the familiar yellow kangaroo traffic sign emblazoned on the bodywork is another grey marsupial on the bonnet and a koala on the rear. The free slot in the number ‘16’ green-grey sister car of Felix Baumgartner (A) and Christopher Haase is taken by newcomer Stéphane Ortelli (MC).
The trio contests the endurance classic in a particularly exotically designed R8 LMS ultra sporting a rainforest design featuring a crocodile and colorful birds as well as a spider in its net.