German youngster gunning for Bathurst hat-trick

Tuesday 8th January, 2013 - 6:51pm

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Christopher Mies teamed with Darryl O'Young and Christer Jöns to conquer the tricky conditions seen at last year's Bathurst 12 Hour

Christopher Mies teamed with Darryl O’Young and Christer Jöns to conquer the tricky conditions seen at last year’s Bathurst 12 Hour

Twenty-three year-old German Christopher Mies will return to Mount Panorama next month in an attempt to win his third consecutive Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour crown.

With 2012 winning outfit Phoenix Racing scaling back to a single entry as part of Audi’s reduced involvement in the race this year, Mies has joined the two-car Melbourne Performance Centre squad to drive a recently imported Audi R8 Ultra alongside gentleman racers Mark Eddy, Marc Cini and Dean Grant.

As previously reported by Speedcafe.com, V8 Supercars stars Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff will partner car owner Rod Salmon in what shapes as MPC’s lead entry.

A co-winner of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series, Mies took victory in last year’s Bathurst 12 Hour alongside fellow internationals Darryl O’Young and Christopher Jöns despite a mid-race spin that saw the trio’s R8 LMS needing to be towed out of the Murray’s Corner gravel trap.

Christopher Mies

Christopher Mies

O’Young remains hopeful of returning to Bathurst this year despite being yet to lock in a deal, while Jöns is also unconfirmed to return, but could form part of Phoenix’s yet-to-be-named line-up.

Few of the race’s 52 entries teams have confirmed their full driving crews, although the likes of Craig Baird and Matt Griffin (Clearwater Ferrari), Allan Simonsen, Mika Salo and John Bowe (Maranello Ferrari), David Russell and Peter Kox (JBS Lamborghini) and Steven Richards (Justin McMillan Lamborghini) are among the big names already locked in.

The race received a boost this week when reigning World Endurance Championship winning squad, AF Corse, lodged a late entry. Although its driver line-up is yet to be confirmed, the team co-owned by NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip is expected to be a formidable force.

Further details of the AF Corse Ferrari 458 entry are expected within the coming days, with the race itself set to take place on February 10.

See below for the current entry list

CLASS.. ENTRANT NATIONALITY VEHICLE
A Amac Motorsport Australia Mosler MT900GT3
A Trofeo Motorsport Australia Chevrolet Corvette Z06R GT3
A United Autosports United Kingdom Audi R8 LMS Ultra
A Clearwater Racing Singapore Ferrari 458 Italia
A Phoenix Racing Germany Audi R8 LMS Ultra
A Lago Racing Australia Lamborghini LP 560-4
A Peter Conroy Motorsports Australia Audi R8 LMS
A Rod Salmon Australia Audi R8 LMS
A Maranello Motorsport Australia Ferrari 458 Italia
A Engstler Motorsport Germany BMWZ4
A Dragonspeed USA Audi R8 LMS Ultra
A Justin McMillan Australia Lamborghini LP 560-4
A Mark Eddy Australia Audi R8 LMS Ultra
A VIP Petfoods Australia Porsche GT3-R
A Erebus Racing Australia Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
A Erebus Racing Australia Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
A Dean Koutsoumidis Australia Audi R8 LMS
A AF Corse Italy Ferrari 458 Italia
B Competition Motorsports USA Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Rentcorp Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Level Racing Belgium Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Grove Motorsport Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Racing Incident Australia Lamborghini LP 520
B Motorsport Services New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Motorsport Services New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Motorsport Services New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
B Tinkler Motorsports Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
C Simply Sports Cars Australia Lotus Exige
C Tony Alford Australia Nissan GTR
C Aston Martin St Gallen Switzerland Aston Martin Vantage GT4
C Rob Thomson Switzerland Lotus Exige
D Maximum Motorsport Australia Subaru Impreza WRX STi
D GWS Motorsport Australia BMW 335i
D Beric Lynton Australia BMW 1M
D Sherrin Rentals Australia BMW 135i
D Robinson Racing Developments Australia Ford FG-FPV GT
E GWS Motorsport Australia BMW 130i
E Racer Industries Australia Holden Astra HSV VXR
E Allan Shephard Australia BMW 130i
I1 Ric Shaw Racing Australia Mazda RX-7
I1 Michael Sherrin Australia Mini Cooper S
I1 Peugeot RCZ France France Peugeot RCZ
I1 Peugeot RCZ France France Peugeot RCZ
I1 Motionsport United Kingdom Lotus Elise
I2 Motorsport Services New Zealand SEAT Leon Super Copa
I2 Motorsport Services New Zealand SEAT Leon Super Copa
I2 Motorsport Services New Zealand SEAT Leon Super Copa
I2 Creventic The Netherlands SEAT Leon Super Copa
I2 Racer Industries Australia Opel Astra VX-R
I3 Tony Burrows New Zealand Subaru Impreza WRX STi
I3 Mal Rose Racing Australia Holden VY Commodore

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