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58 Cars On Provisional 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Entry

Bentley back To Bathurst as part of 35 car GT3 class

The revised provisional entry list for the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, released this morning, sees 58 cars on the entry list including a massive 35 car Class A (GT3) entry.

The return of the Team M-Sport Bentley effort to the Aussie enduro is a major headline, Bentley now one of 15 marques on the list.

Hong Kong-based team Craft Bamboo Racing will also return to the Mountain next year with their pair of Porsche 911 GT3R entries, two years after finishing on the podium in the thrilling conclusion to the 2015 race when they raced Aston Martins.

The Craft Bamboo entries join Walkinshaw Racing and US-based Competition Motorsport in an expanded outright Porsche attack, the latest Porsche 911 GT3 R set for its Bathurst 12 Hour debut next February.

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Other highlights include four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries (two each from the Nissan factory outfit and privateer entry Hobson Motorsport), the return of 2014 runners-up HTP Motorsport and their Mercedes AMG GT3 from Germany plus a host of locally-run AMG entries.

Audi are the most numerous marque with 7 R8 LMS entries confirmed starters, while five Mercedes Benz / AMG entries are on the list alongside the two BMW Team SRM M6 GT3s.

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Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes/AMG, Nissan and Porsche are all represented in Class A.
The 15 brands include teams from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the USA.

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A strong driver roster has already begun to emerge, with stars from Australia’s Virgin Australia Supercars championship and GT racing around the world confirming their intention to compete.

Current Supercars stars Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup, new champion Shane van Gisbergen, Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert will all compete while legends of the sport like Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall, Tony Longhurst and Steven Richards are also set.

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International stars including Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann, Patrick Long and Marc Lieb have already been locked in amongst a host expected to compete.

Class allocations within the three-tiered outright class, including those to contest the B.R.M Chronographes Pro/Am and Am classes, are yet to be determined.

While the outright GT3 class is the strongest ever entered for the race, growth has also been seen in the various classes, particularly in Class C for GT4 vehicles.

Eight cars are currently confirmed for the emerging growth category, representing Aston Martin, Porsche, Lotus, KTM and McLaren, respectively.

While the R-Motorsort Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Donut King Racing Lotus and Pro-Sport Performance Porsche team have previously visited the Mountain, the KTM X-Bow and McLaren 570S will be making their first Bathurst starts.

The diverse Invitational class is set to provide a remarkably diverse array of machinery, both Production-based cars and endurance racing specials alike.

While MARC Cars Australia dominate the list with a record-breaking eight entries, the most ever by a single team in a Bathurst enduro, the Bathurst debut of an Aston Martin Vantage GT8 will be a fascinating addition, Swiss-based R-Motorsport entering in Invitational alongside their Vantage GT4 in Class C.

The fan-favourite Daytona Coupe returns, as done the double race-winning BMW 335i and the iconic Mazda RX7.

Entries close on Friday, December 16 with a final entry list for the race to be released following that date.

Class A: 35 cars

Miedecke Stone Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Miedecke Stone Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage
DJS Racing Audi R8 LMS
GT Motorsport Pty Ltd Audi R8 LMS
Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS
Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS
Supabarn Audi R8 LMS
Team ASR Pty Ltd Audi R8 LMS
Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continential GT3
Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continential GT3
BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3
BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3
Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3
Vicious Rumours Racing Ferrari 488 GT3
Kiwi Racing Lamborghini R-EX
Lago Racing Lamborghini R-EX
Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Keltic Racing McLaren 650S GT3
McLaren GT McLaren 650S GT3
Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3
HTP MOTORSPORT Mercedes AMG GT3
Mark Griffith Mercedes AMG GT3
Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3
Nissan Nissan GTR Nismo GT3
Nissan Nissan GTR Nismo GT3
Wall Racing / Hobson Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
Wall Racing / Hobson Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3
AMAC Motorsport Porsche GT3 R
Competition Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3 R
Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche 911 GT3 R

Class B: 3 Cars

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Grove Motorsport Porsche TBC
Synep Racing Porsche 991 Cup Car
Wall Racing Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car MY07

Class C: 8 Cars

R-Motorsport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4
M Motorsport KTM X-Bow GT4
Donut King Racing Lotus Exige
McLaren GT McLaren 570S GT4
Brookspeed Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubman
Brookspeed Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubman
PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO4
PROsport Performance Porsche Cayman PRO4

Class I: 12 cars

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R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT8
Daytona Sportscars Daytona Coupe
MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC MAZDA 3 V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC MAZDA 3 V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC MAZDA 3 V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
On Track Motorsport BMW 335i
Ric Shaw Racing Mazda RX7