Maranello Motorsport will bring a brand new Ferrari 488 GT3 to the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The team, which won the race back in 2013 with a 458, has become the first to enter next year’s edition of the race.
The team has also announced factory Ferrari GT pilot Toni Vilander will return to drive the car next year. The 2017 race is the first that allows 2016-spec GT3s into the race, as the homologation and BoP hadn’t been set in time for this year’s race.
“We think the 488 will be a beast on the Mountain and we can’t wait to come back and challenge for another win,” Maranello Motorsport team owner Mark Coffey said.
“The car has proven already to be extremely fast and by the time we get to Bathurst next February we’re confident it will be a contender.
“We’re pleased to confirm Toni will be back to form part of our driving squad. He is an incredible talent and comes with the support of the factory in Italy so he is a valuable addition to our team.
“We have been proud to be part of the growth of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and it’s great to be the first to put our entry from in and commit our first car to the 2017 race.”
A welcome sub class
Coffey was also quick to throw his support behind the newly-announced Pro/Am Cup for the 2017 edition of the race. The newly commissioned prize was recently announced alongside the addition of an all-pro division within the GT3 class.
“Having Pro, Pro/Am and Amateur classes makes perfect sense and it’s the formula that works all around the world,” he said.
“It works at Spa and in the Blancpain GT series and brings Bathurst in to line with the rest of the world. At the same time it gives those in the Pro/Am and ‘Am’ classes a really great prize to shoot for.
“Maranello has traditionally fielded a mixture of professional and Pro/Am combinations and we’re looking towards having cars in both divisions of the GT3 class next February.”
The 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on February 3-5, 2017.