BMW to lead the field at Bathurst 12 Hour

The BMW M5 that will lead the Bathurst 12 Hour field

The BMW M5 that will lead the Bathurst 12 Hour field

A BMW will be seen at the front of the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour field in 2012.

BMW Australia will to provide the event a brand-new BMW M5 to serve as the official Safety Car of this weekend’s ‘once-around-the-clock’ race.

The new model M5 goes on sale in Australia this month, corresponding the international Bathurst season starter.

Piers Scott, BMW Group Australia Head of Corporate Communications, said the new BMW M5 spent more time in development on the world-famous Nurburgring than any other BMW M car in history.

“The Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour features its most exotic field yet this year and BMW Australia is looking forward to having the brand new M5 leading the way when it is required,” said Scott.

“The performance and technology within the new BMW M5 matches up well with the cars competing in the race itself. The fact there is live TV and continual internet coverage means it is an effective way to showcase the new vehicle.

“BMW has a fantastic heritage of racing at Mount Panorama and we are pleased to continue that by providing the Safety Car vehicle this year and getting some more laps in front at Bathurst.”

The Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off this Friday. Qualifying will be held Saturday before the race on Sunday.

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