Bathurst 12: Holden confirmed for 2008 event

HOLDEN CONFIRMED AS CLOCK TICKS DOWN TO 2008 WPS BATHURST 12 HOUR START With only a week remaining prior to the start of the 2008 WPS Bathurst Motor Festival teams are working furiously to ensure their machines are fully prepared for the WPS ...

HOLDEN CONFIRMED AS CLOCK TICKS DOWN TO 2008 WPS BATHURST 12 HOUR START

With only a week remaining prior to the start of the 2008 WPS Bathurst Motor Festival teams are working furiously to ensure their machines are fully prepared for the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

Holden Motorsport will field a Jack Daniel's backed 6.0L V8 Sportswagon SS for V8 Supercar drivers Shane Price, Cameron McConville and enduro specialist Nathan Pretty.

"Holden has a great history of success at Mount Panorama, so what better place for the new ultra cool Sportwagon to be showcased than on the track at Bathurst?" said GM Holden's Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Alan Batey.

"The (WPS Bathurst 12 Hour) is a race for production cars so is an ideal event for us to spotlight new models in the Holden range. Last year we ran a pair of Astras -- one an SRi Turbo Coupe, the other a CDTi Diesel.

"With Sportwagon due in Holden showrooms across the country in the coming months, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to underline the sporting pedigree of the latest model in the VE range whilst highlighting its great style and handling."

Also returning to the Event are reigning champions Garry Holt, Craig Baird and Paul Morris, with Sydney businessman Holt recently confirming that his 2007 WPS Bathurst 12 Hour winning driver and car combination (BMW335i) will return to defend its title.

While lining up with Holt for the race around the clock, V8 Supercar star Paul Morris just can't get enough of racing -- with the Gold Coast's 'dirty dangerous dude' also set to steer none other than Bobby McGee's ex-Neville Hayley Australian Championship winning HQ at the WPS Bathurst Motor Festival.

Morris won't be the only driver from the V8 Supercar ranks, with no less than 12 drivers past and present from the main game and development series currently confirmed for the 12 hour acid test.

John Bowe, Cameron McConville, Shane Price, Nathan Pretty, Lee Holdsworth, Brett Holdsworth, Damien White, Grant Denyer, Joel Spychala, Michael Trimble, Garth Walden and Craig Baird will all join Morris in bringing V8 experience to the grid, with front-running Carrera Cup and Australian GT competitor David Wall joining from the support category ranks.

The revival of endurance racing at the iconic circuit has continued to be popular, with 35 entries listed for the production car feature, incorporating 12 different manufacturers.

Eight of the top ten manufacturers in Australia by volume, including the straight top six, will line up for the race around the clock with Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Honda, as well as Hyundai and Subaru, all represented in the field.

Entries have also been received from Thomson Alfa Romeo, BMW, and Proton, and for the first time the Lotus marque will be represented with two Exiges entered for the production car showdown, while there will be six officially factory-supported entries, including the Holden Motorsport entry, on the grid.

Hyundai will field a Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Series in conjunction with Kangan Batman TAFE as the TAFE's latest student project, while Lotus Cars Australia will support Mark O'Connor's operation -- one of two of the esteemed marque on the grid -- and Mitsubishi Ralli Art will support Alan Heaphy's Mitsubishi EVO IX entry.

Colin Osborne will also field two Toyota Celica's with factory-support, one of which will be steered by none other than rally star Neil Bates.

Alfa Romeo, the first official entrants with the Thomson Alfa Romeo Alfa 159 2.4 Litre following on from a successful campaign in that class during this year's running of the Race, will also ensure the safety of the field, with a Alfa Romeo 159 set to lead the field as the official safety car for the 2008 WPS Bathurst Motor Festival.

In addition to those entered for the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour there will also be 10 further races around the 6.21km Mount Panorama circuit with capacity fields of 56 Formula Vees, 50 Saloon Cars and two grids of Holden HQs (approx 90 entries) all in action throughout the weekend.

There will also be plenty of other entertainment on the cards including the return of the Freestyle Motocross (FMX) Nationals, the Superstreet Nationals, the Raceline/Peer Stadium Drifters, the Sports Bike Stunt Team, eight Drag and burnout cars, Mad Ron's Jet Truck, a Daihatsu Mini Van powered by a French Fighter Jet engine, Nigel Benson in the 500ci Rear Engined Commodore Ute, the award winning The Don' Mafia Show Piece Ford F350 Truck, the 'Transformers' movie 'Ford Mustang Highway Patrol Car' and Mad Ron's Jet Bike.

A further 50 show bikes will be on hand as part of the Festival's commitment to 'bringing back the bikes' with a Street and Custom Motorcycle show and a Club's display day planned for the weekend of the event.

The 2008 WPS Bathurst Motor Festival will be held at Mount Panorama on February 8-10, incorporating the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour on Sunday February 10, kicking off at 6.30am Australian Daylight Savings Time.

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek on 13 28 49 with discounted pricing available to patrons who purchase prior to the event. All patrons receive free entry to the Bathurst National Motor Racing Museum with each ticket, and children under 12 are free when they enter with a paying adult.

Access to the top of Mount Panorama will be open throughout the three day Event, with patrons able to catch a shuttle or drive their own car to the Mountain top for a unique viewing point of the track, with the Big Screen ensuring they miss none of the action.

-credit: www.bathurstmotorfestival.com.au

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