Eligibility list announced for Bathurst 24-Hour. Cars competing in Britain, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia will be eligible for the inaugural Bathurst 24-hour race next November. The field of up to 83 sports and touring cars will be...
Eligibility list announced for Bathurst 24-Hour.
Cars competing in Britain, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia will be eligible for the inaugural Bathurst 24-hour race next November.
The field of up to 83 sports and touring cars will be divided into 10 groups representing current international and domestic racing classes, event organiser PROCAR Australia has announced.
Outright contenders for the 16-17 November race will compete in Group One, which includes sports cars such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Vipers from the FIA Grand Touring (N-GT), British GTO, All Japan GT and Lamborghini Trophy series and the Australian Nations Cup Championship.
At the other end of the spectrum, Group Nine includes popular showroom models from the Australian GT Production Car Championship. Group Ten is for invited entries and may include performance sedans that achieve high environmental standards.
Detailed regulations currently are being finalised and will be released soon to potential entrants.
The Bathurst 24-hour on the famous Mount Panorama circuit will be Australia's first major international round-the-clock race, joining similar events at Le Mans (France), Nurburgring (Germany), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Daytona (Florida).
Up to 20 teams at the Nurburgring 24-hour last month expressed strong interest in competing at Bathurst.
Eligible cars will comply with technical regulations for the following series or categories -
Group One - FIA Grand Touring (N-GT), British GTO, All Japan GT (Group Two), Australian Nations Cup Championship (Group One, including Lamborghini Trophy).
Group Two - Porsche Super Cup (2002).
Group Three - Australian Nations Cup (Group Two).
Group Four - FIA Super 2000 touring cars (2002).
Group Five - Australian GT Performance Championship touring cars (2002 and 2003 specification).
Group Six - FIA Group N touring cars (3001 c.c. and over).
Group Seven - FIA Group N touring cars (2500 c.c. to 3000 c.c.).
Group Eight - FIA Super Production and New Zealand Schedule S touring cars (weight adjusted).
Group Nine - Australian GT Production Car Championship touring cars (V8 Touring, 6-Cylinder Touring, Sports Touring).
Group Ten - Cars invited by PROCAR Australia.