Overwhelming interest in the next Bathurst 24-Hour motor race in November has led organisers to ensure Australian teams will keep a place in the field beside a bigger international contingent. Starting positions in the enduro on 22-23 November...
Overwhelming interest in the next Bathurst 24-Hour motor race in November has led organisers to ensure Australian teams will keep a place in the field beside a bigger international contingent.
Starting positions in the enduro on 22-23 November will be limited to 55 cars in six classes, but organiser PROCAR Australia says potential entries already exceed that number.
Preference for Australian entries - although not guarantees - will be given to teams competing in the current PROCAR Champ Series, which comprises the Nations Cup, GT Performance, Production Car and Poolrite V8 BRutes championships.
The highest earners of credit points accrued by competing in PROCAR rounds this season will be given preference for Bathurst.
PROCAR Deputy Executive Chairman John Cowley said the measures were designed to make sure Australian teams had an equitable chance to contest their own country's most challenging race and to recognise the loyalty of PROCAR competitors.
"While we want to encourage the highest standard of international entries, the Bathurst 24-Hour race would be nothing without Australian teams," he said.
"The amount of enquiry we have had since the first 24-Hour last November suggests we're going to need some method of deciding who can be given an entry and who will have to miss out.
"If there is a surplus of entries by the closing date on 1 October, we will ultimately have to make some difficult decisions but we will certainly be guided by consideration of applicants who have accrued credit points by competing at our rounds during the season."
Bathurst 24-Hour credit points will be awarded to Australian teams, in the following ways -
* Two credit points will be awarded to the entrant for every 2003 PROCAR Champ Series round in which they compete, regardless of category. Should an entrant have two cars competing in any round, the entrant will receive two sets of credit points, and so on.
* Two credit points will be awarded to the entrant for every car registered for a 2003 PROCAR Championship / Series, regardless of category.
* Two credit points will be awarded to an entrant who enters the Bathurst 24-Hour in the same category in which they compete in the PROCAR Champ Series.
Bathurst 24-Hour credit points cannot be doubled-up. For example, should an entrant who intends to enter two cars at Bathurst accumulate 30 credit points as a result of entering two cars at various rounds during the year, the points may be applied to the two cars in any combination - eg, 20 credit points to one car and 10 credit points to the other. Should the entrant intend to enter only one car in the Bathurst 24-Hour, all 30 points may be attributed to that one car.
The credit points system will be used to assist PROCAR in determining the final entry list for the event. Wild card and international entries will not be subject to the credit points system and may be distributed at the discretion of PROCAR.
PROCAR will reserve the right to accept or reject entries at its discretion.