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Sounds awesome!

I couldn't make it to Bathurst, but my mother is there with her mobile on speakerphone at the top of the esses. :thumbsup:

That's what mums are for, right?



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Craig Lowndes: 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odiNA4SkZME" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odiNA4SkZME</a>

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Jenson Button has been out in the f1 car at Mount Panorama in Bathurst and the unofficial time was 1:48.3! V8 lap record is 2:06.8012




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http://www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/formula-one/exactly-how-fast-was-jenson-buttons-lap-of-mount-panorama-bathurst-in-his-f1-car/story-e6frf3zl-1226026007400

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Exactly how fast was Jenson Button's lap of Mount Panorama Bathurst in his F1 car

By Jacob Black

Exactly how fast may never be know, there is no official timing available for the event in case it motivated the drivers to exceed 'safety' levels.

We do now know though, that Jenson Button can lap Bathurst in a McLaren Formula One car in at least 1m48s. The Britain says if he was really trying, 1m40 is not out of the question.

Such was the speed of the McLaren, the helicopter sent to film it could scarcely keep up as the mountain rang out with the sound of a Formula One car for the first time ever.

Button said it's not about the times, but the experience, admitting that the Bathurst circuit is a little daunting.

"These guys [V8 Supercars drivers] are crazy," he said.

'This place is fantastic. I've watched it on TV but it doesn't do it justice.

'Driving around in the Merc this morning it still felt fast!"

The official record is the 2:06.8012 lap set by Craig Lowndes on the mountain in 2010 during practice for the Bathurst 1000.

Officially, that record stands, but there is a niggle now for Lowndes as he knows he's no longer the fastest man around the mountain.

All that can change though, Lowndes gets his shot in the McLaren at 1pm.




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@craiglowndes888 1:49.5 Well done, sir!




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In the 888 Holden: Craig Lowndes - 2:11. Jensen Button - 2:17




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Button through the esses: 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1HJNE1s0Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1HJNE1s0Q</a> 

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IT WAS F'ING AWESOME!! was at turn three for the runs, will post pics tonight



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If you look at those times for both cars and make allowances for each guy's familiarity with their own car , that F1 lap by Lowndes is spectacular.



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