- Bathurst 12, 6 Hour stars and cars headline Challenge Bathurst entry list
- Second year Event has attracted more than 400 entries
- Huge mix of cars and drivers to fill Bathurst for a week this November
MORE THAN 400 entries have again been received for the annual Challenge Bathurst, to be held at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, this November 15-18.
It is the second consecutive year that the Event has received more than 400 nominations across the four days of on-track competition, spread across two days of Pirelli Supersprint action on Thursday and Friday followed by two days of Liqui-Moly Modern Regularity competition across the weekend proper.
It will mean the Event will have welcomed more than 1000 entries across just three years - more than 300 competitors enjoying the inaugural Challenge Bathurst in 2016.
The outstanding response from competitors builds on last November’s successful event where, despite wet conditions throughout much of the weekend, competitors set multiple personal best times throughout the weekend.
“Challenge Bathurst is now firmly entrenched in the calendars of so many competitors and we are pleased to welcome so many back to the Mountain, as well as many first-timers this year,” said Challenge Bathurst promoter, James O’Brien.
“The Pirelli Supersprint competition is likely to be a taste-test for the big endurance races coming up on the Mount Panorama schedule next year, while the Liqui-Moly Regularity will continue to offer people a chance to get track time at Bathurst who may otherwise never have the chance.”
Hot competition is expected across the four groups of Pirelli Supersprint competition in particular, with a host of well-regarded drivers and teams competing.
After topping the times in 2017, Trofeo Motorsport return this year with Jim Manolios and Dean Canto again sharing the driving duties of their Lamborghini Gallardo GT3.
Canto’s best time of 2m05.593s was the best of the Event last year but may well be toppled this year.
Group A of the Supersprint includes a veritable who’s-who of Australian GT and endurance racing competition – with some international names thrown in for good measure – as they prepare for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour enduro.
Audi factory ace Christopher Mies is entered in a Audi Customer Sport Racing Australia R8 LMS, while regular 12-hour frontrunners Tony Walls (McLaren 650S), Yasser Shahin (Lamborghini) and James Koundouris (Audi R8) are also nominated.
A pair of KTM X-Bow GT4 cars, former Supercars privateer Rodney Forbes in a BMW M4 GT4 and a host of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries are also locked in to the fastest group.
Former Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour winner Nathan Morcom (Ford Focus RS), Ryan McLeod (Holden Astra Turbo), Carrera Cup young-gun Adam Garwood (Renault) and Peter Boylan (Porsche) are also spread throughout the field.
Nearly 150 cars and drivers in total have entered the Pirelli Supersprint competition at Challenge Bathurst this year.
Enormous demand for the Liqui-Moly Regularity section will see five groups of competitors take to the iconic 6.213km circuit across the Challenge Bathurst weekend.
Regularity competition pits car and driver against the clock and against themselves, as they look to lap as close as possible to a nominated time without going any quicker.
More than 250 regularity entries have been received with some competitors staying on the Mountain following their participation in the SuperSprint event earlier in the weekend to maximise their track time.
Liqui-Moly ambassador John Bowe will be on hand across the weekend to offer advice to Regularity competitors throughout.
“The Event will go to a new level in 2018 thanks to the support of new partners, Pirelli and Liqui-Moly,” added Challenge Bathurst promoter, Greg Evans.
“Both are passionate supporters of motorsport at Mount Panorama and will extend that passion to everyone competing at Challenge Bathurst this year.
“Having Liqui-Moly ambassador and legend of the sport John Bowe on hand to offer advice and support to Regularity competitors will be particularly exciting and I am sure he will be in high demand!”
The 2018 Challenge Bathurst will be held across four days at Mount Panorama this November 15-18.