Overseas interest in Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro

The 2010 Bathurst 12 Hour Enduro Showroom could field at least two international entries following enquiries recently from New Zealand and French competitors wishing to tackle the endurance challenge at Mount Panorama. In its fourth year and ...

The 2010 Bathurst 12 Hour Enduro Showroom could field at least two international entries following enquiries recently from New Zealand and French competitors wishing to tackle the endurance challenge at Mount Panorama.

In its fourth year and scheduled for February 12-14, Bathurst 12 Hour Promoter James O'Brien believes the Event's profile has grown to the extent it is being recognised internationally.

"We have worked hard to make this a feature race on the Australian calendar. As the only 12 Hour event in Australia, and held at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit, it offers a unique opportunity for international drivers to compete."

New Zealander David Taylor who has worked for Porsche and BMW teams in the USA competing in Grand Am, ALMS, ELMS and the IMSA class has a major interest in the Bathurst 12 Hour Event.

"This is one of only a few endurance events in the world that I haven't attended and although I have built and prepared cars for this event in the past, MSL (Motorsport Services) has never gone there as a team," said Taylor.

Taylors team will comprise of Bob Grove (Classic Racer/ NZV8 Ute racer) Scott O'Donnell (Classic Alfa/ BMW Super Tourer/Porsche GT3 Cup and RSR racer), Allan Dippie (MG/Rover/Porsche GT3/Toyota International Rally cars).

Both Allan and Scott have competed with Taylor at the Nurburgring 24 Hour and all have plans to add the Bathurst 12 Hour to their International portfolio.

"We are very much looking forward to racing at Bathurst and our BMW 130i will be competitive in its class. The plan is to run a 2 car team, certainly one car in 2010 and definitely two cars in 2011," he explained.

Another International enquiry has come from French team Exigence Motorsport about running a Renault Clio in the Event.

"This is a 2 litre production car that races in the Renault Clio Cup Series in France, which is one of our major domestic championships. We have raced the same car in the Dubai 24 Hour and would just love to do Bathurst," said Team Principal Benjamin Breton.

Supplementary Regulations for the Bathurst 12 Hour will be released early next month with entries opening at the end of September. The race will cover the following classes:

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

-credit: bathurst12hour.com.au.

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