Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour is a Family Affair Four family teams have entered the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro, 12 & ...
Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour is a Family Affair
Four family teams have entered the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro, 12 14 February 2010.
In Class A - High Performance Four Wheel Drive, father and son team David and Des Wall will step into a Mitsubishi Evo 9 GSR. In Class B High Performance Rear Wheel Drive - father Michael Sherrin will race with son's Iain and Grant in a brand new BMW 135i.
Another father and son combo Garth and Brian Walden will be looking to take out Class C in their Holden Commodore VE SS and Lauren Gray will drive with her father Michael in Class D in a Toyota Corolla Sportivo.
Des and David Wall joined the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2008 in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 GSR where they placed 5th overall and 3rd in their class. In 2009 they finished 4th overall and also 4th in their class. They will step into the same Evo 9 for the 2010 Event and hope that it will be third time lucky!
In 2007, Sherrin brothers Grant and Iain won their Class in a BMW 120 and in 2008 father Michael decided to join them; however they were unlucky not to race after damaging the car in qualifying.
"It was a shame not to be able to race with Dad in 2008 but this year we are hoping to put our name on the board," said Grant.
Another father and son duo that has been racing in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour since its inception is Brian Walden and his son Garth who have contested all three races in a Holden VY Commodore SS.
In the 2008 Bathurst 12 Hour, the Walden Commodore qualified 13th and went on to finish ninth outright and take the class win by a full eight laps over the second placed Howe/O'Keefe/Neville Ford Falcon XR6.
In 2009 the team dealt with engine issues but pulled through and came out with a second straight class victory.
Lauren Gray has raced twice before in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour, once in 2007 with an all female team in a Holden Astra Diesel and in 2009 driving a BMW 130i where she finished second in her class. In 2010, she will take to the track with her father Michael for the first time and is very excited.
"I know Dad has wanted to do an endurance race with me for a long time, and I've always been keen to drive with him, so to have this opportunity will be great for both of us. Dad has worked very hard and invested a lot to make this happen and I am sure that we can go to Bathurst next February and have a very good run.
"We have always raced together as a family so to be able to drive together at Bathurst is pretty special," said Lauren.
The Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro is now in its 4th year, with a grid of over 50 cars expected to compete. The race features production cars in a class structure representative of the mass road-going market. BMW, Mitsubishi, Ford, Holden, Nissan and Subaru are expected to compete for outright honours, while an Alternative Energy class is open to diesel, hybrid and LPG entries.
The Event will be televised in a 3 hour special on the SEVEN Network, through Fox Sports, New Zealand and other International Markets.