Over 40 ‘early bird’ entries have already been taken for next year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, to be held in April.
The healthy figure comes even with just over four months until entries close on March 15 next year ahead of the Easter production car enduro.
The leading A1 Extreme Performance – Forced Induction class accounts for 13 of those entries, or almost a third of the total.
Among them are Sherrin Racing’s 2018 race-winning BMW M4, the Beric Lynton BMW M3 which Tim Leahey put on pole last year, and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX from Dylan Thomas’ stable.
A2 (Extreme Performance – Normally Aspirated) is currently populated by various Holdens/HSVs as well as a BMW M3, while there is strong representation in Class D with nine cars already entered.
“Once again we have received interest from a broad spectrum of cars and competitors from all corners of the sport,” said Event Director James O’Brien.
“The 2018 race included a stunning battle for the lead and outright victory that went down to the closing stages – and there’s no reason to suggest that won’t happen again as more people build cars capable of doing the job.
“Meanwhile we’re especially pleased that the class competition continues to remain strong ensuring there’s something for everyone throughout the field.”
There were 62 entries last year while a record 64 cars started the 2017 race.
Next year’s Bathurst 6 Hour takes place on the weekend of April 19-21.
Preliminary entry list
|A1||Anthony Soole||BMW||M4 F82|
|A1||Beric Lynton||BMW||M3 F80LCI Competition|
|A1||Brad Schumacher||Subaru||Impreza WRX Sti G-4|
|A1||Dimitri Agathos||Subaru||Impreza WRX Sti V-1|
|A1||Dylan Thomas||Mitsubishi||Lancer EVO IX RS|
|A1||Jack Winter||Mitsubishi||Lancer EVO IX RS|
|A1||Jeremy Gray||Ford||FGII GT-F|
|A1||Joe Krinelos||Holden||VF MY14-HSV GTS|
|A1||Michael Kavich||Mitsubishi||Lancer EVO X RS|
|A1||Paul Loiacono||Mitsubishi||EVO X RS|
|A1||Sherrin Racing||BMW||M4 F82|
|A1||Simon Hodges||BMW||M135i Hatch F20|
|A1||Stephen Thompson||Mitsubishi||Lancer EVO X RS|
|A2||Aaron Tebb||Holden||VF SS Redline (6.2)|
|A2||Anthony Gilbertson||BMW||M3 E92|
|A2||Daniel Clift||Holden||VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport|
|A2||Daniel Flanagan||Holden||VY2-HSV GTS|
|A2||Graeme Muir||Holden||VE HSV GTS|
|A2||Robert Coulthard||Holden||VY CSV Monaro Mondo GT|
|B1||Brett McFarland||Subaru||Impreza WRX Sti G-2|
|B1||Christopher Gleeson||Subaru||Impreza WRX Sti G-2|
|B1||Geoffrey Russell||Ford||FGX XR6 Turbo Sprint|
|B1||Scott Gore||BMW||135i E82|
|B1||Trevor Keene||Volkswagen||Golf R Series 6|
|B2||Trevor Mirabito||Holden||VF SSV-Redline (6.0L)|
|C||Brianna Wilson||Mazda||3 MPS BK|
|C||James Goldsbrough||BMW||130E E87|
|C||Lachlan O’Hara||Mazda||RX-8 RX8A|
|C||Peter Lacey||Volkswagen||Scirocco R|
|C||Robert Di Sandro||BMW||M3 E36 3.0L|
|D||Allan Gray||Toyota||86 GTS ZN SER|
|D||Cem Yucel||Nissan||Pulsar SSS N14|
|D||David Baker||Honda||Integra Type R DC2|
|D||Lachlan Mineeff||Toyota||86 GTS ZN SER|
|D||Lea Medhurst||Toyota||86 GTS ZN SER|
|D||Liam McAdam Motorsport||Toyota||86 GT ZN SER|
|D||Michael James||Toyota||86 GT ZN SER|
|D||Murray Dowsett||Toyota||86 GT ZN SER|
|D||Stephen Stockdale||Toyota||86 GTS ZN SER|
|E||Alan Turner||Mazda||3 SP23 BK Series 1|
|E||Andrew McMaster||Mazda||3SP25 BL Series 1|
|E||SORTHARE Suzuki Racing Team||Suzuki||Swift Sport RS416|