The final entry list for the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour has been released, one week out from Qualifying day at Mount Panorama.
Settling at 39 cars, the field is comprised of drivers from 21 countries is arguably one of the most talent-filled grids in Bathurst history.
Adding to the names already announced, Supercars star Chaz Mostert has been confirmed alongside Brazilian Augusto Farfus and Dutchman Nicky Catsburg.
Farfus paired with Mostert to finish fifth outright in the 12-Hour last year, while factory Corvette IMSA driver Catsburg is also no stranger to the Mountain, having raced with Walkenhorst last year.
The German BMW team will enter the sole BMW M6 GT3 in the race this year.
Catsburg and Farfus are two of a record 23 drivers who will attempt the Daytona, Bathurst endurance racing double this year, contesting the Daytona 24 Hours this weekend before travelling to Australia for Bathurst one week later.
The final field includes a record 11 different GT3 manufacturers and arguably the deepest pool of driving talent yet assembled for Australia’s International Enduro.
The grid includes a record 9 former 12-Hour winners for a total of 11 victories, including two of the defending champions (Matt Campbell and Dirk Werner) and at least one winning driver from each year of the ‘GT era’, excluding 2013.
Locally, the 12 Supercars drivers in the field have won a combined 360 races, while there are five Supercars champions represented on the grid.
Seven drivers share a combined 19 victories in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, while the grid also includes Bathurst 24 Hour and Bathurst 6 Hour race winners.
Current champions of the Nürburgring 24 Hour (Dries Vanthoor and Frederic Vervisch), IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (Dane Cameron) and IMSA GT Le Mans class champions (Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber) are also on the grid.
Two FIA World Endurance Champions are represented as are two winners of the Le Mans 24 Hour, for a total of three wins.
There are nine Nürburgring 24 Hour winners for a total of 16 victories on the ‘Green Hell’, while eight drivers have won the Spa 24 Hours, for a total of 10 victories in the Belgian classic.
Winners in the Daytona 24 Hour and Sebring 12 Hour complete the sweep of former winners of the world’s most famous long-distance races represented in the 2020 field.
The 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour doubles as the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli.
The full roster of manufacturer entries in the only global GT3 championship will be announced next week.
The action commences at Mount Panorama on Thursday, 30 January when the entire 12-hour field participates in the annual ‘Town to Track’ parade for the first time.
On-track action then commences on Friday, 31 January ahead of Qualifying on Saturday.
For the first time, Qualifying and the Pirelli Shootout will be live on FOX Sports this year.
Sunday’s race, the 10th for GT vehicles, commences at 5:45 am.