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  • Jaguar Australia supplied extremely important official cars for the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour GT3 race 
  • Jaguars rendered vital medical assistance for Australia’s international GT racing series round 
  • F-PACE SUV and F-TYPE coupe carried vital medical staff and equipment to race accidents
A WORLD championship event needs world-class support and the recent Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour motor race at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama circuit, opening round of the global Intercontinental GT Challenge series, was no exception. Of all the vehicles needed for the race the most important are the First Intervention Vehicle (FIV) and Medical Chase Car (MCC), both on hand to deal with potential life and death situations, quickly getting doctors, paramedics and vital medical equipment to on-track crash sites. To meet the challenges of the unique Mount Panorama circuit, race organisers chose the F-PACE 300 Sport SUV and the F-TYPE Chequered Flag P380 coupe from the Jaguar Australia stable. The ‘First Intervention Vehicle’ must be an extremely capable car, fast and with exemplary handling to cope with the high speeds and tricky corners of a race circuit. It also needs to have space for four people; three doctors or paramedics and sometimes a racing driver who needs to be taken back to the circuit’s Medical Centre for further assessment.

At the same time it must be able to carry a substantial amount of specialised medical equipment and managing a variety of surfaces from the bitumen race track itself to the dirt, grass and large sand traps strategically placed on either side of it.

Not surprisingly the spacious all-wheel-drive F-PACE 300 Sport SUV, with its powerful 221-kilowatt, 3.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine, became the weapon of choice for the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour’s FIV.

The ‘Medical Chase Car’ (MCC) goes hand-in-glove with the FIV, the pair sometimes working in conjunction and sometimes operating independently, depending on the circumstances.

Liqui Moly Bathurst 12-Hour organisers had the F-TYPE P380 Coupe on duty right from the start, following the field through the pre-dawn darkness for the warm-up lap and then for most of the opening lap, a time considered to be high risk thanks to a combination of cold tyres, overheated drivers and a large, bunched field of cars. In other words, a time when a racing accident is likely to happen.

As its name suggests the MCC carries a doctor and a range of specialised medical equipment to the scene of any accident considered serious enough for an injured driver to need medical assessment or injury stabilisation and management.

Because the MCC is based in the pit area it needs to be able to get to the scene of any accident quickly - and in the case of Mount Panorama where a lap is more than six kilometres long – safely.

Importantly, it needs to have sufficient performance to keep up with a field of powerful racing cars and, with a supercharged, 3.0 litre V6 engine delivering 280 kilowatts of power, the F-TYPE obviously did, especially when it was driven by an experienced former racing driver.

Kevin Nicholls, Marketing Director, JLR Australia said that from sunrise to sunset, the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour was an incredible event with which to be involved with. “Our F-PACE was the First Intervention Vehicle so it was the first to be called to accidents by Race Control when there was a possibility of injury to a driver or marshal. “Carrying a substantial amount of equipment is essential for an FIV, as is its ability to traverse a variety of surfaces. Our F-PACE did the job with ease. “Our F-TYPE Medical Chase Car was utilised for its speed, ferrying doctors to major accidents throughout the race. The company is proud to support the race’s vital medical staff,” Kevin Nicholls added. Now in its 18th year, the Bathurst 12 Hour is an endurance race run on the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst, in rural NSW, for production-based GT and touring car classes. This year’s race was the opening round of both the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge series and the 2020 Australian Endurance Championship, attracting a strong field of Australian and international teams and drivers.