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#501 AustinF1

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 07:56

Really excited to be racing this year in the Bathurst 1000 teaming up with @ReneeRacer. Looking forward to the challenge of @v8supercars !!!


Looking forward to welcoming @simdesilvestro & @ReneeRacer to our team for @v8supercars Bathurst 1000 #FastFemmes #V8SC


#502 BCM

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 09:18

The 1000 is a different race to the 12hr.

#503 mouserat159

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:25

BATHURST 12 Hour winner Mika Salo will return to Australia once again for the enduro classic as a Ferrari driver.
Maranello Motorsport confirmed to Auto Action it will field a two-car effort for the 2016 running of the 12 Hour, and has already locked down Salo as its lead driver.
Former F1 pilot Salo joined Craig Lowndes, John Bowe and Peter Edwards when the team won the race outright in 2014. Maranello Motorsport Managing Director Mark Coffey said it was important for the team to secure the talented Finn for 2016.

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 16:38

The 1000 is a different race to the 12hr.

Ha! Thanks. My bad. I honestly didn't even notice that.

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 11:26

Salo had a great duel with SVG in 14, lets hope the V8 deal means that can happen again.

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 01:37

An initial entry list featuring 46 cars has been released ahead of February’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours. The ‘early bird’ entries submitted prior to August 31 are 12 up on those received to the same point for this year’s race. Entrants include 21 outright GT3 offerings, made up largely of local competitors. Eighteen of the 21 are return entrants from 2015, including multi-car teams for Australian GT stalwarts Erebus, Maranello and the Melbourne Performance Centre.

Newcomers are Peter Rullo’s Peformance West Motorsport, which will field a Lamborghini, Tony Walls’ Objective Racing (McLaren) and an Audi for Kiwi outfit International Motorsport. Germans Phoenix Racing and American David Calvert Jones are the only current GT3 entrants from outside Australasia, with the bulk of the big teams expected to confirm plans later in the year.

New event owner V8 Supercars has meanwhile confirmed that its marketing director John Casey will act as director of the 12 Hour.

Entries remain open until December 11, while tickets go on sale today and will remain at 2015 event prices until the end of the year.

Bathurst 12 Hour entries as of September 3

David Calvert Jones USA A Porsche 911 GT3 R
Erebus Motorsport AUS A Mercedes SLS AMG GT3
Erebus Motorsport AUS A Mercedes SLS AMG GT3
Garth Walden Racing AUS A Mercedes SLS AMG GT3
Hallmarc / Network AUS A Audi R8 LMS Ultra
International Motorsport NZL A Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Keltic Racing Pty Ltd AUS A TBC
Lago Racing AUS A TBC
M Motorsport AUS A TBC
Maranello Motorsport AUS A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
Maranello Motorsport AUS A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
Melbourne Perfomance Centre AUS A Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Melbourne Perfomance Centre AUS A TBC
Melbourne Perfomance Centre AUS A TBC
Objective Racing AUS A McLaren 650S
Performance West Motorsport AUS A Lamborghini Gallardo
Phoenix Racing GER A Audi R8 LMS
Supabarn Supermarkets AUS A Porsche 911 GT3 R
Trass Family Motorsport NZL A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
Trofeo Motorsport AUS A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
Wall Racing AUS A Audi R8 LMS Ultra
Amac Motorsport AUS B Porsche
APO Sport Ltd UK B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 06-09)
Boylan Group / Cairns Plaza Hotel AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 06-09)
Grove Racing AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
J.F.C Freem AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
Nick Cresswell AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 06-09)
Rentcorp Motorsport AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
Safe-T-Stop AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 06-09)
Scott Taylor Motorsport AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
Stealth / McElrea Racing AUS B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
Wall Racing AUS B Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S
Scott O’Donnell NZL B Porsche 997 GT3 Cup (MY 10-12)
Tony Alford AUS C Lotus Exige S Cup R
Daytona Sportscars AUS I Daytona Sportscar
Fortec Motorsport AUS I TBC
Gary Morgan NZL I Subaru BRZ
Henley Mazda Racing AUS I Mazda RX-8 GT
Henley Mazda Racing AUS I Mazda RX-8 GT
Marc Cars Australia AUS I MARC Focus V8
Marc Cars Australia AUS I MARC Focus V8
Marc Cars Australia AUS I MARC Focus V8
Marc Cars Australia AUS I MARC Mazda 3 V8
On Track Motorsport AUS I BMW 335i
Performance Parts & Engineering AUS I TBC
Sherrin Racing AUS I BMW 135i

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 07:36

The Bathurst 12 Hour has been included in plans for a new ‘Intercontinental GT Challenge Series’ for 2016 organised by the SRO Motorsports Group.
SRO boss Stephane Ratel has revealed plans to form a new GT3 series which incorporates the Spa 24 Hours, the Bathurst and Sepang 12 Hour events and a three hour race held on the Pirelli World Challenge bill at the Circuit of the Americas.
Announced ahead of this weekend’s final Blancpain Endurance Series round at the Nurburgring, the series, which is yet to be named officially, is aimed at GT manufacturers who would nominate teams in the region as representatives at the events.

SRO is expected to release further details on the Intercontinental GT Challenge Series next month.

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Posted 15 October 2015 - 05:25

Seven will show all twelve hours of the race live and free around Australia and live on any connected device, making it one of Australia’s longest continuous single-day sporting broadcasts of any major national or international event.

Today’s announcement follows a successful debut for the race on the Seven Network in 2015.

Across more than 12 hours of coverage, an average audience of neatly 400,000 tuned in to Seven and 7mate watch the world’s best GT stars and cars tackle the famous Mount Panorama circuit.

Seven’s Head of Sport Saul Shtein, said: "We are delighted to once again be the broadcast partner of this great event. We have a long and deep connection with Mount Panorama over the past five decades and look forward to working with the event, the teams and the drivers to build on the success of the 12 Hour."

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 05:57

Ferrari Australasia will have a major presence at next February’s Bathurst 12 Hour, with up to 100 of the Italian road cars expected to descend on Mount Panorama.

The news is the first official sign of new event owner V8 Supercars’ plans to grow the 12 Hour into a Goodwood-type automotive festival.

Planning is underway to see Ferrari road car parades take place through the centre of Bathurst and on the circuit during race week.

Other activities will include corporate hospitality for customers and static trackside displays of classic and new Ferrari vehicles.

A fleet of 458 GT3s are again expected to compete in the 12 Hour itself, including that of 2014 race winners Maranello Motorsport.

“The Bathurst 12 Hour is a fantastic opportunity for Ferrari to engage with our customers but also fans of the brand who follow the racing scene so closely,” said Herbert Appleroth, CEO of Ferrari Australasia.

“We will be putting on an event that is uniquely Ferrari and we are hoping that more than 100 customers will come to the Mountain with their vehicles to enjoy the weekend and one of Australia’s fastest growing events.

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#510 wonk123

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 07:32

I hope they use the LED postion lights in the window like the Dunlop series did last weekend, it was excellent

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Posted 30 October 2015 - 05:04

Craig Lowndes will return to Audi for next February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, the V8 Supercars star has confirmed.
The 41-year-old is set to pilot one of two new Audi R8 LMS GT3s that will be campaigned under Steve McLaughlan’s Jamec-Pem banner.
McLaughlan, whose team operates as part of the Melbourne Performance Centre’s Audi Sport customer racing program, will run one all-Australian and one international driver line-up.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 01:50

Garth Tander will team up with Craig Lowndes to contest February’s Bathurst 12 Hour behind the wheel of a Jamec-Pem Racing Audi.

The Holden Racing Team V8 Supercar star will join Lowndes and team owner Steve McLaughlan in one of two new specification Audi R8 LMS GT3s, operated by Melbourne Performance Centre’s Audi Sport customer racing program.

Tander has been a long time admirer of GT racing, making sporadic appearances with Tony Quinn in the Australian GT Championship in recent years.

Rivals on the track in V8 Supercars, next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour will represent the first time that Tander and Lowndes will work together as team-mates.

Combined the duo boast nine Bathurst 1000 victories, as well as a Bathurst 24 Hour (Tander, 2003) and Bathurst 12 Hour (Lowndes, 2014) triumph.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 08:32

Anyone know if this years winner the Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 is back for 2016? Loved that win!  :clap:

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 04:46

Experienced Australian GT drivers Barton Mawer and Nathan Antunes will team up to contest the Bathurst 12 Hour in a new specification Audi R8.

The duo will join forces with Australian GT amateur Greg Taylor in his recently purchased Audi R8 LMS GT3, run by Melbourne Performance Centre.

The Victorian squad will also prepare two Audi R8 entries for Jamec-Pem Racing, one of which will be piloted by V8 Supercars stars Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander. Having contested the 2015 Australian GT Championship alongside Mawer, car owner Taylor moved quickly to enlist the services of Antunes to complete the Bathurst 12 Hour driver line up

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 06:41

SRO Motorsport has confirmed the Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off the new Intercontinental GT Challenge series next year.

Global GT boss Stephane Ratel presented the new series at the launch of the Sepang 12 Hours (December 11-13), which included the unveiling of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Series logo.

February’s Bathurst 12 Hour will open the series which includes the Spa 24 Hours, Circuit of the Americas, and the Sepang 12 Hours.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge Series, run to SRO’s Balance of Performance regulations, is designed for GT manufacturers to nominate local teams in the region as representatives at the events.

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“The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world and we are excited to be joining other iconic events in the Intercontinental GT Challenge,” said event director John Casey.

“The Challenge will bring significant international exposure to the race at one of the world’s most famous circuits.

“The race will also feature some of the leading drivers from Australia and around the world and is an event motorsport fans won’t want to miss.”

Meanwhile, next month’s Sepang 12 Hours has confirmed its entry list which is headlined by entries from Phoenix Audi and the factory M-Sport Bentley operation.

Phoenix Audi will run two R8s with Markus Winkelhock, Nicki Thiim and Niki Mayr-Melnhof piloting the lead car, while Alex Yoong, Marchy Lee and Shaun Thong will drive an all Asian entry.

Bentley will enter two Continental GT3s with Guy Smith, Steven Kane and new signing Vincent Abril in the #9, The second entry will see Andy Soucek, Maxi Buhk and Maxime Soulet compete.

The event will feature Australian team AMAC Motorsport, who will field a Porsche 997 GT3R for Warren Luff, James Winslow and Andrew MacPherson.

The Australian contingent is completed by Josh Hunt, who will drive a Nexus Racing Ferrari 458, Formula Masters China Series driver Aidan Read and Asian GT specialist Daniel Bilski

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 06:01

German Porsche outfit Pro Sport Performance has entered a pair of GT4 specification Caymans for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Based at the Nurburgring, the team has enjoyed much success at its home venue, chalking up six outright wins and over 100 class victories in the VLN Series.
The Caymans compete against a fleet of other FIA GT4 machinery in Europe including the Lotus Exige and Evora, Aston Martin Vantage V8, BMW M3, Chevrolet Camaro, Maserati Grand Turismo MC and the KTM X-Bow GTR.
Pro Sport boss Steve Buschmann says he hopes to see GT4 grow in popularity at Bathurst, which is dominated by the faster GT3 cars.

Just three GT4s – an Aston, a Lotus and a Ginetta – competed among last year’s 50 car field.
Regardless of the competition, Buschmann describes Bathurst as ‘a dream’ for his team.
“If you have to name the big endurance races worldwide, it will be Le Mans, Daytona, Nurburgring and Bathurst,” said Buschmann.

“We race at the Nurburgring and know the Nordschleife by heart.

“It’s time to make the next step and Bathurst is a dream for all of us.

“Both tracks have some things in common: one mistake and you are out and the ‘ups and downs’.

“We are really curious about the reality of Mount Panorama.

“None of us have been in Australia so far and all of us are looking forward to going ‘down under’ and get to know the people and the culture.

“Nevertheless, the most important thing for us is an exciting race.”

Tony Alford’s Lotus is the only other GT4 car currently entered for next year’s race, but is expected to be parked in favour of the driver’s MARC Focus following a testing crash earlier this year.

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 00:44

Tim Slade is the latest V8 Supercar driver to join the Bathurst 12 Hour grid after completing a deal to race Tony Walls’ Objective Racing McLaren 650S.
The recently confirmed Brad Jones Racing V8 Supercar recruit will team up with Holden Racing Team co-driver Warren Luff, Porsche Carrera Cup ace Matt Campbell and Walls at February’s Mount Panorama GT classic.
Slade has already stood on the podium at the Bathurst 12 Hour having finished second in 2012 behind the wheel of the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS, followed by a sixth on his last event appearance in 2013 with the same operation.
The South Australian-raised driver will fill the seat vacated by David Reynolds, who had been poised to drive before signing up with Erebus Motorsport.
After missing the last two editions of the Bathurst 12 Hour, the 30-year-old Slade is eagerly anticipating the chance to again challenge himself against GT racing’s elite.
Slade joins fellow V8 Supercars main game drivers Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander as confirmed starters for February’s race.
“The whole V8 deal was the priority to get together first and then for sure the 12 Hour was something I really wanted to get back into,” Slade told Speedcafe.com.
“I was lucky enough to do the event with Erebus in 2012 and we finished second, but I think we should have won the race in 2013 with Lee (Holdsworth) and Peter (Hackett).
“GT3 cars are awesome to drive and it is a great event, and it is something I would like to do more of if I can outside of V8 Supercars.
“It is going to a be a strong combination with the drivers that are involved and Andy (McElrea) runs a pretty good show. I think the whole thing is a strong combination.
“There are lots of strong car and driver combinations but 12 hours is a long time. I think we are going to be as best prepared as we can be with a competitive car and a good driver line up.”
Slade is expecting to jump in the McLaren to familiarise himself with the machinery before February’s race.
Car owner Walls believes the driver line up has the credentials to succeed in the mountain marathon.
“I think we are in a good position. We have obviously got a team of guys that have done plenty of miles certainly Luff and Slade have done lots of miles at Bathurst,” Walls told Speedcafe

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 01:12

Good field.  :up:

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Posted Today, 00:27

MARC CARS AUSTRALIA has confirmed a host of drivers for their multi-car attack on the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour via their official Facebook page.

The Gold-Coast based team has named a driving roster with a mixture of youth and experience in an effort to repeat the class victory scored at the race this year – Ben Gersekowski, Gary Jacobson and Adam Gowans combining to finish 15th outright in February.

The 2016 squad named includes experienced hands and regular MARC steerers Tony Alford, Michael Benton, Jake Camilleri, Hadrian Morall and Keith Kassulke – who remains in hospital recovering from burns suffered at Phillip Island a month ago.
Production Car champion Beric Lynton joins the squad, as does GT Championship class frontrunner Mark Griffith.Several young guns look set to bolster the MARC team roster: Nick Rowe – fresh from a season of Formula Renault in Europe – and Aaron Seton amongst them. Seton, the son of double Australian Touring Car / V8 Supercar champion Glenn, recently wrapped up his maiden national title with victory in Class B of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia. The MARC squad, headed up by noted racer and engineer Ryan McLeod, has currently entered four cars but may run as many as five should plans eventuate. The team will continue to run their extensive international program as well.

The team currently has several new chassis under construction, including a brand new Mazda 3 entry dubbed ‘Hockenheim’ that will debut at the 12 Hour next year.

The MARC cars entries run in the Invitational class amongst a diverse group of specialist enduro and production car-based machinery, including a pair of ex-Grand Am series Mazda RX8s, the popular Daytona Coupe and the BMW 335i turbo that has won the race twice outright.


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Posted Today, 04:08

Aaron Seton is one of a dozen drivers confirmed for MARC’s Bathurst 12 Hour campaign next February. The 17-year-old will make his debut in the Mount Panorama classic following a successful season that netted the Class B title in the GT3 Cup Challenge.
Ryan McLeod’s Queensland-based MARC outfit is set to field three Ford Focus-bodied entries and two Mazda 3s in the race, where they compete as Invitational vehicles. McLeod says he’s excited to have Seton as part of the MARC program, which benefitted from his father Glenn’s experience during initial development testing ahead of their debut in 2014.

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