Melbourne-based ourfit Daytona Sportscars has announced its intention to run two cars in next February’s Bathurst 12 Hour, with its Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and Daytona Coupe in the Invitational class.
“Daytona sportscars is moving up to a two car team for the 2018 Bathurst 12 hour with the 7 litre Daytona Coupe as well as the 8.4 litre Dodge viper GT3 car,” said Jamie Augustine, who has been a key component in the team’s plans since their Bathurst debut.
“Both cars are already being prepared for this event with fresh running gear and the appropriate updates for the 12 hour. Both of these cars are capable of lapping in the sub 2:10 times with the right driver, and either car is a contender for a class win and a top 15 outright if all goes well.
“The Team is an experienced endurance racing team with members from Formula 1, V8 Supercars, and the professional motorsport industry. We are looking for one or 2 additional drivers who fit in within our team and who are focused on our goal of completing the race, and winning the class above their own individual goals.”
The team made their debut in 2013 and reached the finish for the first time two years later, Jamie Augustine, Ray Hislop and Ben Schoots classified finishers in 33rd outright. The team then finished sixth in class this year, Augustine, Schoots and Dean Lillie having traded the Daytona for a Dodge Viper GT3 car though running in the invitational class.
The Invitational class is for production-based or purpose-built endurance specials, is set to be hotly contested with a legion of MARC Cars Australia entries expected to be confirmed starters alongside the potential Daytona duo.