2010 Bathurst 12 Hour Date Announced

The Bathurst 12 Hour Enduro will again kick start the Australian motor sport year with the Event date set as 12 – 14 February 2010.

A field of 48 cars started the 2009 Race highlighting the growing popularity of the Event, and organisers are targeting a 50 car grid for 2010.

"This will be the fourth year the Race has been promoted at Bathurst since the re-birth of the 12 Hour in 2007, and every year the Event gains more credibility with the public, manufacturers and competitors," Event Promoter James O'Brien explained.

"Our intention is to retain the production based concept for the 2010 Race albeit with a simpler class structure and definitive eligibility list. The Event will also offer manufacturers the opportunity to profile alternate energy vehicles such as Diesel, LPG or Hybrid in a special class to highlight the changing trends in the automotive industry."

The Bathurst 12 Hour will again be televised in a three hour post produced programme on the SEVEN Network with replays on Fox Sports, and Internationally through Europe, North America and the New Zealand.

The Vehicle Eligibility List can be found at www.bathurst12hour.com.au with the class structure as follows.

Class A   High Performance (All Wheel Drive)

Class B High Performance (Rear Wheel Drive)
Class C Performance
Class D Production (Sport)
Class E Production (Small)
Class F Alternative Energy
Class G Mini Challenge
Class H V8 Utes
Class I Invitational

Vehicles racing in both the New Zealand and Australian MINI Challenge and V8 Ute Categories will be eligible and the Invitational class will be open to cars that fit the philosophy of the 12 Hour event, however may not be specifically eligible for the Australian Manufacturers Championship.

Garry Holt, Paul Morris and Craig Baird won the 2007 Bathurst 12 Hour in a BMW 335i Twin Turbo, while Rod Salmon and Damien White claimed back to back victories in 2008/09 driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10.

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