BATHURST 6 HOURS – LONG WORK
The primary manufacturing automobile race of the 12 months returns this weekend to the Australian motorsport calendar, the 6 Hours of Bathurst.
After final 12 months’s version was postponed as a result of international pandemic, however in 2021 it’s again and it guarantees to be essentially the most intriguing but. BMW has dominated the 6 Hours of Bathurst because of its varied nameplates for the reason that begin of the occasion in 2016, however faces a brand new challenger within the Ford Mustang.
The BMW M3 and M4 dominate the entry into the X Excessive Efficiency class the place a mixed seven will combat for prime honors.
Supercars Championship chief Shane van Gisbergen spearheads the Bavarian group assault with Shane Smollen and Rob Rubis in an all-new M4 constructed by defending winner Beric Lynton.
Van Gisbergen’s entry is a part of a three-car entry curated by Lynton, who will once more be joined by Tim Leahey in an M3, whereas Steve Ellery is joined by sons Tristan and Dalton in the same BMW.
Blanchard Racing Workforce driver Tim Slade joins automobile proprietor Brad Carr in his newly acquired M3, whereas Erebus Motorsport endurance driver David Russell joins 2018 winner Grant Sherrin within the Sherrin Leases M4.
Two extra BMWs are joined by the one X-class HSV GTS pushed by Tony Virag, Barry Sternbeck and former Australian touring automobile champion John Bowe.
Other than the highest class, the A1 and A2 lessons provide the opposite absolute success possibilities, stuffed with Japanese turbos, Australian V8s and American muscle.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evos have dominated manufacturing automobile racing prior to now after successful the Bathurst 12 Hours earlier than the introduction of GTs.
Michael and Ben Kavich lead the assault on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, which is able to compete within the occasion as they did beforehand to characterize the Race for a Treatment. The trigger goals to lift funds to assist Breast Most cancers Trials’ very important scientific trial analysis program, which shall be highlighted by the pink colour that primarily seems on Workforce Garth Walden Racing’s Evo.
Full Fuel Racing trades its Subaru Impreza WRX STI for an Evo constructed by driver Matthew Boylan, who groups up with Dimitri Agathos. Earlier Toyota 86 Sequence winner Jimmy Vernon is joined by GT driver Mark Griffiths in his main State Sequence Evo.
Including an Australian taste to the Class A1, two GT-F FPVs, one piloted by longtime Super2 pilot Aaron McGill, who will group up with Michael Caine. Within the second, Jeremy Grey hopes to have higher luck than in earlier years driving his GT-F alongside Jeff Hume and Stephan Robinson.
Three Mercedes-Benz A45 AMGs are entered, two of which is able to come out of the Garth Walden Racing group.
Germany is represented by two BMW 1Ms, one led by Super2 pole winner earlier this 12 months at Bathurst Angelo Mouzouris and younger Method Ford pistol Cody Donald, whereas a number of GT champion Mark Eddy entered the his Audi TT RS.
The HSV is pictured within the naturally aspirated A2 Class the place it can tackle the doubtless contending Ford Mustang.
The primary HSV is predicted to be Jack Motorsport’s VF Clubsport R8, which completed third within the 2019 occasion and shall be joined by a big selection of very highly effective beasts from the final.
5 new Mustangs constructed by Ryan McLeod are anticipated to guide the battle to BMWs led by the instance of George Miedecke co-piloted by Paul Morris.
Porsche Dash Problem favourite Bayley Corridor is joined by former Supercar driver Cameron McLean and Steve Hay in one other Mustang.
Main shareholder of Triple Eight Race Engineering, Tony Quinn is joined by Grant Denyer and businessman Tim Miles in one other.
Courses B1 and B2 are a battle between the final Holden Commodores inbuilt Australia, whereas Peter O’Donnell’s BMW 335i is an instance of Bathurst’s double victory, which took two Bathurst 12 Hours when belonged to Garry Holt. He’s additionally believed to have accomplished extra laps round The Mountain than another.
The C-class shall be hotly contested between the Holden Astra VXRs, the Volkswagen Sciroccos, the Renaultsport Meganes, the Mazda 3 MPS and the venerable BMW 130i.
The manufacturing brothers, the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ, will face one another on the observe, however the Bargwanna household’s Volkswagen Golf GTI and Kia’s Proceed GT provide fierce competitors.
Mazda and Suzuki will face off within the E-Class, with the two-car Swift Sport group entered by Workforce Group Suzuki Racing aiming to defend their class crown from two years in the past.
Supported by TCR Australia, GT World Problem Australia, Trans Am Nationwide Sequence, Excel Problem, Historic Touring Vehicles and Radical Cup Australia, the 6 Hours of Bathurst occasion would be the greatest of the Easter lengthy weekend.
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