International trio set for Bathurst 6 Hour

Mat Coch

Friday 16th March, 2018 - 1:20pm

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The Lawrence/Strom/Jorgensen BMW 1M

A trio of Americans are set to become the first all-international team to enter the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour race this Easter.

Cameron Lawrence, Brett Strom and Daren Jorgensen will share a BMW 1M run out of the MARC Cars Australia stable in Class B1, a car previously campaigned by Tony Alford.

The three drivers all competed at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, sharing a BMW M4 GT4 (also prepared by MARC Cars Australia) to finish fourth in class.

It’s a car Jorgensen and Lawrence will share again in the one-hour Production Sports Car event alongside their commitments in the main event.

“Competing at Mount Panorama Circuit for the Bathurst 12 Hour was one of my racing dreams but being able to go back and compete again in the same year is unbelievable,” Strom explained.

“We’ll be competing at the Bathurst 6 Hour in a BMW 1M which is perfect as I built and run this same platform in the US with Daren and have been working closely with MARC Cars on getting it prepped for the event.

“I’m super confident in the equipment and Ryan (McLeod)’s team and looking forward to competing in my first Bathurst 6 Hour.”

The BMW 1M will be joined on track by the Mercedes-AMG C63 of Karl Begg, Justin Anthony, and Anthony Gilbertson.

Set to run in Class A1, Begg ran the car in the Combined Sedans category supporting the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, reportedly reaching more than 270km/h on Conrod Straight.

“Since we built the car, it’s been a steady development exercise – we’ve worked on improving areas such as the suspension and brake package, and like a lot of European cars there are some sophisticated electronics which we’ve had to figure out,” Begg explained.

“The last few months of testing have allowed us to identify and resolve some of the little glitches that might impact upon our performance.”

A 62-car field is set to take part in the Bathurst 6 Hour, which includes Supercars drivers Chaz Mostert and Tim Slade.

The Bathurst 6 Hour takes place over the Easter long weekend, from March 30 to April 1.

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