MASSIVE year-on-year growth has the annual Challenge Bathurst Event at Mount Panorama a near sell-out.
426 entries have been accepted for the November 16-19 Event out of a possible total capacity of 435; showcasing a remarkable thirst for competitors to access Mount Panorama in a well-managed and affordable manner.
That number represents a 32% increase on the 2016 total of 322 entries.
The November 16-17 Challenge Bathurst Super Sprint event has been completely sold out, with the capacity 160 entries reached. 266 entries will tackle the Regularity event across the Saturday and Sunday.
“We are very pleased with the reaction to the Event, especially given it is only the second year of the Challenge Bathurst concept,” Event Director James O’Brien said.
“It shows the significant appeal of Mount Panorama to a remarkably diverse group of entrants, ranging from professional, factory-supported teams right through to those who are looking to ‘tick a box’ by being able to drive their car at Bathurst.
“The more than 400 entrants will each bring support crews, friends and family into the region meaning Bathurst will be able to enjoy a fourth weekend each year where hotels are booked, and restaurants are full thanks to events at Mount Panorama.
“We’re set for a great weekend and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Bathurst this November.”
The Super Sprint event is geared towards the elite or experienced motorsport competitors and serious motorsport machinery, and in just one year has seen several major teams and brands use the opportunity to gain track time at Mount Panorama ahead of the major Bathurst endurance races.
Sprint entrants will enjoy eight 20-minute sessions, amongst four groups of 40 cars each.
Highlights in the entry list include a host of top-flight GT cars that will be preparing for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Miedecke Motorsport has entered two Aston Martins (one GT3 and one GT4), while BMW Team SRM will return to Challenge Bathurst having entered the event last year.
Trofeo Motorsport (Lamborghini Hurracan GT3), McElrea Racing (McLaren 650S GT3) and the popular MARC Cars Australia team will also be present.
Several Radical SR3 open-top Sports Cars will also be on track, as will a host of Porsche GT3 Cup Cars and even classic Touring Cars - Including the iconic TWR V12 Jaguar XJS owned by Mike Roddy.
Several Production Car competitors with next Easter’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour in sight will also run as part of the Super Sprint event.
Meanwhile, the Regularity – to run across the weekend – has seen 266 entries fill a potential 275 spaces across their two days of on-track activities.
The ‘Against the clock’ competition is geared towards drivers and cars that may not otherwise have an opportunity to tackle the Mountain at speed.
The Regularity competition will be split into five groups of 55 cars and will tackle six sessions across the weekend.
Entry for spectators is free across the four days.