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Video: Jenson Button breaks Bathurst lap record

Submitted by on March 22, 2011

Legendary names like Brock, Moffat and Johnson have broken the lap record at the famous Mount Panorama circuit , but the unofficial title now belongs to Jenson Button.

Button is now the fastest-ever man to lap the famous Bathurst track circuit after the 2009 Formula One world champion completed his first laps around Bathurst in the Vodafone driver swap.

Button was recorded at doing a 1m48s lap around the Mount Panorama circuit.

While this lap will not be recorded as an ‘official’ lap record, it is easily the fastest time a race car has ever travelled around the 6.213km circuit.

Button’s sub 2 minute time is significantly faster than the previous best – set by Craig Lowndes during last year’s final practice session where he set a 2:06.8012s – beating Greg Murphy’s long-standing ‘Lap of the Gods’ time from 2003.

Aussie V8 star Craig Lowndes also drove the McLaren and circulated about 1 second off Buttons time.

“Potentially it could be a lot quicker but realistically I’ve been told to bring it back in one piece,” said Lowndes of his lap time.

The Bathurst run made for some unique sights

“Today is more about sharing the experience with Jenson – show him the track and the car and vice versa.”

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