The provisional list for the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour once again has produced a stellar field.
The list features 60 cars representing 13 different brands across the four classes that will tackle the February 2-4 event. Entries officially close at 5:00pm Today (Friday 15 December).
31 GT3 cars will battle for the outright and BRM Chronographes Pro/Am class victories in class A with Australia’s top GT outfits to be joined by some of the world’s best.
Meanwhile, 13 GT4 cars showcase the massive growth of the category in the last twelve months.
“We are very pleased with the entry list and the depth of competition in every class,” Event Director John Casey said.
“The spread between outright and BRM Chronographes Pro/Am contenders in class A is pleasing and will see fantastic competition for both trophies within the GT3 class.
“Meanwhile the growth in the GT4 class mirrors the evolution of the category on a global stage. That class will be a serious highlight next February with each brand having several potential winners.
“Entries remain open for a day and we are expecting a few high-profile additions to the current list before the final grid is settled.
“Fans looking to attend should book their tickets now to make sure they don’t miss what will be a remarkable field tackling the Mountain next February.”
Audi are well represented with 10 examples of the Audi R8 with the local and New Zealand entries bolstered by the addition of marque powerhouse WRT.
The Belgium-based team has been one of the most successful teams in GT3 racing, winning the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro Cup in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and the Sprint Cup team’s title every year since its inception in 2013.
The team will run two high profile entries with driving combinations to be announced in due course.
Bentley Motorsport will return to give the current Bentley Continental GT3 its final fling before the new 2018 model is launched later in the year in a race that has seen Bentley claim a podium finish for the past two runnings.
Three BMW M6 GT3s will compete – including a two-car outfit from BMW team SRM and a single-car entry from the iconic BMW team Schnitzer from Germany.
New Zealand team Trass Family Motorsport will represent Ferrari with their 458 GT3, while three Lamborghini’s will tackle the mountain – including two Gallardo’s and a Huracan GT3 for Trofeo Motorsport. There’s no entry listed though for defending Champions Maranello Motorsport and no entry either for ex Champions Nissan.
McLaren will look to return to the top of the podium following their 2016 success with three entries, while Mercedes AMG will be stronger again with no less than six of the thundering AMG GT3s represented.
Bathurst Newcomers Strakka Racing will make their first trip to Bathurst to kick off their Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign with two cars, also making their debut with their new AMGs, while Scott Taylor Motorsport and Mark Griffith will enter their locally-based entries.
Porsche has a host of international representation, including Manthey Racing from Germany and the US-based entries from Black Swan and Competition Motorsport.
While several key driver combinations are yet to be confirmed, those announced already include Supercars stars Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth and international talent like Timo Glock and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
Five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars will battle it out for Class B honours, while class C – for GT4 cars – has seen enormous growth this year.
13 cars make it the biggest ever representation of GT4 cars in the Southern Hemisphere with the field evenly spread across the key brands competing in the class.
Four of the brand-new BMW M4 GT4s are entered – including one from the USA – while the same number of Ginetta’s will contest the race representing the local arm of the brand.
Two KTM X-Bows and three Porsche Cayman GT4s round out what is a highly anticipated class battle.
The Invitational class is now 11-strong and includes three of the new MARC II racers alongside six of the existing cars, plus the two Daytona Sportscars entries.
Following withdrawals, both pre-event and during practice and qualifying, 52 cars started the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Class A (FIA GT3)
1 International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS
2 Industrie Racing Audi R8 Ultra LMS
3 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
4 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
5 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
6 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
7 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
8 Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS
9 WRT Audi R8 LMS
10 WRT Aud R8 LMS
11 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3
12 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3
13 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3
14 BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3
15 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3
16 Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia
17 Lago Racing Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX
18 Safe-T-Stop Lamborghini Gallardo GT3
19 Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Hurracan
20 Objective Racing Mclaren 650S GT3
21 Alex Franes Mclaren 650S GT3
22 Alex Franes Mclaren 650S GT3
23 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT GT3
24 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT GT3
25 Nineteen Corp P/L Mercedes AMG GT GT3
26 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing Mercedes AMG GT GT3
27 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing Mercedes AMG GT GT3
28 To Be Announced Mercedes AMG GT GT3
29 Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
30 Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R
31 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
Class B – (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
32 Team Carrera Cup Asia Porsche GT3 Cup
33 On Track Motorsport Porsche GT3 Cup
34 Grove Motorsport Pty Ltd Porsche GT3 Cup
35 DRM TeamWrightlands Porsche GT3 Cup
36 Wall Racing Porsche GT3 Cup
Class C (FIA GT4)
37 BMW Team SRM BMW M4 GT4
38 Baigent Racing Ltd BMW M4 GT4
39 Boat Works Racing BMW M4 GT4
40 To be announced – USA BMW M4 GT4
41 Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta G55 GT4
42 Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta G55 GT4
43 Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta G55 GT4
44 Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta G55 GT4
45 M Motorsport P/L KTM X-Bow GT4
46 KTM / M Motorsport KTM X-Bow GT4
47 Brookspeed International Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 CS
48 Brookspeed International Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 CS
49 Prosport Performance GABH Porsche Cayman
Class I (Invitation)
50 Daytona Sportscars Daytona Coupe
51 Daytona Sportscars Dodge Viper
52 MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8
53 MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8
54 MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8
55 MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8
56 MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8
57 Geoff Taunton MARC Focus V8
58 MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8
59 MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8
60 MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8