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#251 krapmeister

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:34

As if CAMS are going to do anything that V8Supercar doesn't want them to do...

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#252 wonk123

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:36

Yep, The tail really does wag the dog, and CAMS will use the excuse that it is not 2 major race meetings in the one state, as one is a test session. I stupidly believed CAMS had improved. :mad:



#253 mouserat159

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:10

Here is the promo YouTube video for the 2015 Bathurst 12 hour race.



#254 chipmcdonald

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:17

It's a shame FOM can't understand the notion of the appeal of a "curiously different" track in the modern era. 

 

I'm not suggesting we have loops ala a Hot Wheels track, but...  the over-under at Suzuka was thought of a lonnnng time ago, the dramatic banking of Monza, Avus, the exceedingly long Nordschleiffe, the streets of Monaco, the side of the hill at Interlagos...

 

Singapore stands alone in my mind among the new generation of tracks that has unique aspects and character.  The money that has been spent with Tilke and the best thing that can be thought up is the big hill at COTA is kind of sad.  China has the gargantuan space ship grand stands, the oddball first turn I guess...

 

... but Bathurst has two things:

 

1) the sensation that the cars are going somewhere...

2) ... and the amazing roller-coaster downhill: the track is having to conform to the terrain, the terrain hasn't been leveled/made to conform for the track.

 

Because of element #2, there is the clime of the cars conquering something.  That is what makes street circuits special: the circuit wasn't meant to be friendly to race cars, and offers weird challenges. 

 

If an engineering firm is going to be paid a large sum to design a track to be safe, it should also have to meet the goal of presenting a real challenge that meets the standards put forth by these classic tracks, or at least have a unifying unique character. 

 

It's funny that Hockenheim was made more "fan friendly" in being shortened to provide more laps, but ironically long laps didn't seem to impair the popularity of the Nordschleiffe or LaSarthe....

 

/ sorry for the tangent, would like to visit Bathurst one day



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:12

Garth Walden Racing has completed a successful shakedown of a freshly imported Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 that it will campaign at next year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The car has been purchased by gentleman racers Dean Grant and Ash Samadi, who will be joined by Max Twigg for the Bathurst classic. The 2013-build SLS was bought from Team Petronas, which completed just one race with the car – September’s Sepang 12 Hours – before the squad was disbanded. The 2013-build SLS was bought from Team PETRONAS, which completed just one race with the car – September’s Sepang 12 Hours – before the squad was disbanded.


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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:54

A pair of ex-Grand-Am Mazda RX-8s are currently on their way to Australia for next year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The two cars are in transit from the United States, having been purchased by Victorian Bruce Henley.
A former Improved Production racer, Henley has been campaigning a similar car in the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series this season. Developed by Sylvain Tremblay’s SpeedSource outfit in the US, the RX-8s competed in Grand-Am for five years from 2007. Powered by 20B, three-rotor engines, the cars produce 425bhp and scream to 8,800rpm.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 00:36

3 Ferrari 458s are among seven additional entries for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour confirmed by race organisers this morning.Ferraris from Clearwater Racing, Vicious Rumour Racing and Trofeo Motorsports add to the Maranello Motorsport and two AF Corse 458s


Malaysian-based Clearwater has competed in the event for each of the last three years, clocking up podium finishes in 2012 and 2013.

Although yet to be confirmed, the squad will have a rejuvenated driver line-up for 2015, with previous stalwarts Craig Baird and Matt Griffin expected to head to the M Motorsport Lamborghini and AF Corse squads respectively.

#258 Ian G

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 03:26

Sounds like a good lineup for an Oz. race,but what about the Fiats?.... :lol:



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:04

Sounds like a good lineup for an Oz. race,but what about the Fiats?.... :lol:


Two Fiats Abarth 500 are entered by Abarth Motorsport , but doesn't say who the drivers will be yet.

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 05:15

Bentley will run two factory Continental GT3s at February’s Bathurst 12 Hour. Run from Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe in the United Kingdom, the two factory cars will add to the privateer example already entered for Australian businessman Peter Edwards. Bentley will dispatch a crew of engineers to the circuit pre-event to gather data as part of an effort that Dreamer hopes to make a regular fixture on the company’s GT3 calendar. The addition of the two Bentleys will bring the field up to 23 confirmed Class A GT3 cars, with more than two months still remaining before the entry cut-off.

A further seven GT3 Cup Porsches have meanwhile entered Class B, with New Zealand squad Motorsport Services this week confirming the return of their three cars.


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:05

At least one of the MARC V8s entered for the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour will be built as a Mazda 3, team owner Ryan McLeod has confirmed.

McLeod’s Queensland-based crew campaigned three Ford Focus bodied MARC V8s in this year’s event before embarking on a series of endurance races with the cars around the world.

With those three cars set to race at the Dubai 24 Hour in January, MARC is currently building another trio to compete at Bathurst.

The new batch will feature one Mazda and one Ford. Which of the two bodies is given to the final car will then be determined by bodywork production time constraints ahead of the February 6-8 Bathurst weekend. Mechanically the car will be the same, it’s just a case of putting the Mazda body onto the platform.

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:27

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:37

Damn. I just realised that this is not on 'til Feb next year.  :mad:



#264 Brother Fox

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:52

What's the rationale behind those V8 focuses (focii?) and mazdas?
If it were something experimental, say electric or hydrogen cell or whatever, it would make more sense but a petrol V8???

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 14:01

What's the rationale behind those V8 focuses (focii?) and mazdas?
If it were something experimental, say electric or hydrogen cell or whatever, it would make more sense but a petrol V8???

I wondered that, too. I can only assume that they're doing whatever it takes to win, and abiding by whatever the latest crazy rules are.



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:28

Phoenix Racing is the latest international GT giant to confirm a two-car entry for February’s Bathurst 12 Hour. The German team has contested the race each year since fielding a winning two-car entry in 2012. After scaling back to a single-car effort over the last two years, the team has doubled its effort for 2015. Drivers for the squad, which was last year led by stars Laurens Vanthoor and Rene Rast, are yet to be confirmed. The Bathurst entry now sits at 54 cars; 29 of which are in the outright GT3 class.

Phoenix’s effort joins previously announced two-car entries from Hong Kong’s Craft Bamboo, England’s Bentley M-Sport and Italy’s AF Corse. A further six single-car international GT3 efforts will also attack the race from Germany, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand.

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 06:50

The field is extremely exciting, really looking forward to the race next year!

 

Already 4 more GT3 cars alone than started the Bathurst 1000 earlier this year...


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 11:55

Work should be starting in the next week to repair Griffins Bend and The Dipper, which had dramas on the V8SC weekend. We had our hillclimb cancelled for the weekend of the 30th November so that the curing is not rushed.

Apparently they will be repairing it the full width of the track and not just patching it. Here's hoping they get it right



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 12:06

Work should be starting in the next week to repair Griffins Bend and The Dipper, which had dramas on the V8SC weekend. We had our hillclimb cancelled for the weekend of the 30th November so that the curing is not rushed.
Apparently they will be repairing it the full width of the track and not just patching it. Here's hoping they get it right


I was wondering if they started yet, hope they will have it right. The same thing happened at Winton this year's V8 Supercar round.

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Posted Today, 00:58


nissan gt r 344x229 Nissan concedes defeat in Kelly Bathurst bid
Nissan will run its GT-R at Bathurst without Kelly
Nissan has officially abandoned plans to have its star driver Rick Kelly take part in the Bathurst 12 Hour next February following its latest ‘robust discussions’ with V8 Supercars.
Nissan CEO Richard Emery has confirmed that Kelly will participate in the entire two-day V8 Supercars pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park, which clashes with the February 7-8 Bathurst race.
Speedcafe.com understands that Nissan had devised a plan to have Kelly undertake the majority of the test and related V8 Supercars television commitments while still competing at Bathurst.
The schedule would have seen Kelly drive the first and last two-hour stints at Bathurst aboard the GT-R; between which he would commute to SMP via helicopter to fulfil duties for V8 Supercars.
V8 Supercars and its CEO James Warburton have, however, held firm on their position during the latest meetings with Nissan this week that the entire two-day test is compulsory for all primary drivers.
The recently revised V8 Supercars rules ensure that Kelly could have been prevented from competing in the season-opening Clipsal 500 if he had not taken part in the full pre-season test.
“In recent months Nissan has investigated options that would allow Rick Kelly to participate in both the V8 SuperTest and Bathurst 12 Hour in February 2015,” said Emery in a statement.
“We’ve had ongoing robust discussions with James Warburton and the team at V8 Supercars. Only this week, we again met and discussed how we might be able to get Rick to complete his obligations at both events. To their credit they listened and considered the possibilities.
“We have tried our best to negotiate a solution and stand up for the NISMO Global Driver Exchange program, which saw Alex Buncombe do such a great job for us during the Pirtek Endurance Cup in the #7 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and would have seen Rick again compete at the Bathurst 12 Hour in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
“It is clear that under the current format for both events such an endeavour would compromise both our Bathurst 12 Hour program and our preparations for the 2015 V8 Supercar season.
“As such we have now informed NISMO that unfortunately Rick will be unable to participate in the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.”
It now appears likely that Nissan will run an all-international line-up at Bathurst, which last year saw Briton Alex Buncombe, Belgian Wolfgang Reip and Japan’s Katsumasa Chiyo share the entry with Kelly.