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MARC completes Bathurst 12 Hour line-up

Tuesday 29th December, 2015 - 4:24pm

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MARC rolled out its latest Mazda3 V8 at Sydney Motorsport Park recently

MARC rolled out its latest Mazda3 V8 at Sydney Motorsport Park recently

Drivers from the Dunlop Series, V8 Utes and Formula 4 have completed MARC Cars Australia’s 15 strong line-up for February’s Bathurst 12 Hours.

After an impressive showing at Bathurst during his debut Dunlop Series season, teenager Bryce Fullwood joins the MARC program to gain more experience of the mountain venue.

Fullwood will be joined by multiple V8 Ute race winner Gerard McLeod and the previously announced Nick Rowe in the squad’s #94 Mazda3 V8.

Bathurst will mark the first time McLeod has raced one of his brother Ryan’s MARC V8s and comes as he pushes for co-driving opportunities in next year’s Australian GT Championship.

Rowe’s F4 rival Jimmy Vernon has meanwhile been slotted into the #91 Ford for the 12 Hour, linking with Rob Thompson and Lindsay Kearns.

Gerard McLeod was one of 10 to turn laps at SMP

Gerard McLeod was one of 10 to turn laps at SMP

The team’s other entries are made up of Mick Benton/Hadrian Morrall/Angus Kennard (#92 Ford) and Jake Camilleri/Morgan Haber/Aaron Seton (#93 Mazda).

MARC is also set to run a customer Ford Focus V8 for Tony Alford, who’ll share his #54 entry with Beric Lynton and Mark Griffith.

Ten of the drivers, including newcomers McLeod and Vernon, cut laps in the purpose-built endurance racing machines during a recent three-car test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.

“It’s great to go into the new year with our whole line-up sorted,” team owner Ryan McLeod told Speedcafe.com.

“I think we have a great mix of youth and experience and feel we’ll have a really great atmosphere in the pit box.

“Bryce and Nick have raced go-karts against each other in the past, so to put them in the same car together with my brother Gerard is a great combination.

“After a successful test in Sydney our next focus is on the Dubai 24 Hours (January 14-16), where we’re running three cars, before getting to the Mountain in February (5-7).”

MARC’s Dubai squad consists of Alford/Griffith/Malcolm Niall (#91 Ford), Camilleri/Haber/Milan Dontje (#92 Ford) and the Red Camels customer #202 Mazda3 of Tony Bueler/Bert de Heus/Klaus Kresnik.

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