Initial entry list released for Bathurst 12 Hour

The Bathurst 12 Hour promises to be bigger than ever in 2015

The Bathurst 12 Hour promises to be bigger than ever in 2015

Four of the world’s biggest GT teams have confirmed intentions to return to the Bathurst 12 Hour next year, with organisers releasing a provisional entry list six months out from the race.

Entries from HTP Motorsport (Germany), Nismo Nissan (Japan), United Autosports (United Kingdom) and AF Corse (Italy) are among 34 cars on the initial list.

The event has tightened its entry procedure this year, with teams required to undertake detailed submissions and complete payment before being recognised as official entries.

Eleven other entries are said to have been partially lodged amid a host of other expressions of interest, leaving a capacity 55 car grid likely once the final deadline hits on December 11.

Headlining the list of confirmed entrants is AF Corse, which expands to two Ferraris amid strong expected representation for the Italian marque.

Melbourne-based reigning race winners Maranello Motorsport have only confirmed one entry but are understood to be weighing up a second car, while Clearwater Racing and Vicious Rumour Racing are also expected to return.

AF Corse, Maranello and Clearwater are all candidates to receive Ferrari factory pilots for the race.

The currently confirmed Class A entries are meanwhile completed by four Mercedes SLSs, four Audi R8s, two Porsche 911s, two Lamborghini Gallardos, a McLaren MP4-12C and the factory Nissan GT-R.

The presence of the Koundouris and Macpherson GT3Rs mark a return to representation in the outright class for Porsche following an absence this year.

The revised all-Porsche GT3 Cup Class B has meanwhile received just four early entries to date, with a further three GT4s in Class C completing the current GT line-up.

A further 11 cars are sprinkled throughout the three invitational classes, including three each from Fiat’s Abarth Motorsport effort and Racer Industries, which last year debuted its trio of Focus V8s at the event.

Also expected for Class I are two ex-Grand-Am Mazda RX-8s, which are yet to be lodged under a completed entry.

Race organisers have also received expressions of interest from a number of international GT squads such as event regulars Phoenix Racing, Haribo Racing and M-Sport Bentley, that are yet to submit entries.

The German Haribo Porsche was entered for the 2014 race before withdrawing due to the death of team founder Hans Riege.

Bentley’s interest in the race was revealed by Speedcafe.com earlier this year, with the marque keen to assist potential customer efforts.

Official entry list as at August 14

CLASS ENTRANT NATIONALITY AUTOMOBILE
A Maranello Motorsport Australia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A Erebus Motorsport Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A Erebus Motorsport Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A HTP Motorsport Germany Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A AF Corse Italy Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A AF Corse Italy Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A M Motorsport Australia Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 2012
A Dean Grant Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A Marc Cini Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2012
A Koundouris Australia Porsche 911 GT3R 2013
A Andrew Macpherson Australia Porsche 911 GT3R 2013
A United Autosports England Audi R8 LMS Ultra 2012
A Nismo Motorsport Japan Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 2014
A VIP Holdings Australia McLaren MP4-12C 2013
A Roger Lago Australia Lamborghini Gallardo
A Rod Salmon Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
A Steve McLaughlan Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
B Peter Conroy Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2011
B Grove Motorsport Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2011
B Adam Wallis Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2011
C Aston Martin Saint Gallen Switzerland Aston Martin Vantage GT4
C Tony Alford Australia Lotus Exige Cup R
C Tony Martin Australia Ginetta G50 GT4 2010
D Anthony Gilbertson Australia BMW E46 M3 GTR
D Beric Lynton Australia BMW M Coupe (1 Series)
D Kintyre Motorsport Australia Audi TTRS 2011
D Richard Bendell Australia Daytona Sportscar
D Sherrin Racing Australia BMW 135i
F Abarth Motorsport Australia Fiat Abarth 500
F Abarth Motorsport Australia Fiat Abarth 500
F Abarth Motorsport Australia Fiat Abarth 500
I Racer Industries Australia MARC Focus V8
I Racer Industries Australia MARC Focus V8
I Racer Industries Australia MARC Focus V8

 

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