Bathurst 6 Hour set for another bumper field

Bathurst 6 Hour set for another bumper field
February 12, 2018 | 10:59 am | Author: Steven Wright

The Hi-TEC OILS Bathurst 6 Hour is racing towards another bumper field, with sixty cars now confirmed for the 2018 Event on 30 March – 1 April this year.

Entries remain open for several weeks with another Bathurst-record field a very real potential scenario this Easter.

64 cars started the 2017 race – a record for a major endurance race at Mount Panorama and eclipsing 63-car fields for the 1969, 1978 and 1984 Bathurst 500 / 1000 races.

50 cars started the inaugural race in 2016 with the consistent growth re-enforcing the demand for Australia’s key endurance race for Production-based road vehicles.

2018 marks th second in a three-year arrangement with naming rights partner Hi-Tec Oils.

“The consistency in the event and the regulations is one of the key factors in continuing to draw the support of such a large and diverse competitor base each year,” Event Director James O’Brien said.

“Meanwhile, we are improving and evolving the event each year to improve the product and make it more appealing for both private teams and at the same time, those more commercial entities to be involved in.

“The appeal of this race is that it caters for such a broad range of competitors and that is reflected amongst the broad spectrum of entrants received already for this year.”

With consistency in the regulations from year to year, the 2018 field will feature many familiar names, brands and faces that have become staples in the event.

16 brands and more than 30 different models of vehicle are currently entered.

However, it will not be without brand-new metal as new cars make their debut.

Former Australian Production Car Champion Beric Lynton will make the Bathurst debut of his brand-new BMW M3, having tested the car at Bathurst last November at the Challenge Bathurst event where it posted competitive times.

Meanwhile, Trevor Keene will enter a Series 6 Volkswagen Golf R in the B1 class for the first time – the Orange-based driver a regular on the Mountain in long-distance races.

Class A1 (Extreme Performance – All Wheel Drive) remains the most numerous class with 20 cars entered amongst the category that is most likely to produce the outright winner.

The Morcom Motorsport Ford Focus RS Turbo that finished a narrow second last year will return, as will a host of the ever-present Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions.

Growth in A2 (Extreme Performance – two wheel drive) will see plenty of V8 firepower; including the thundering Mercedes-AMG C63 entered by Justin Anthony.

The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be held on the Easter long weekend, between 30 March and 1 April this year.

ENTRY LIST – AS AT 7 FEBRUARY 2018

A1 Aaron Tebb Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Anthony Soole Australian BMW M Coupe ( 1 Series) E82
A1 Barry Morcom Australian Ford Focus RS LZ
A1 Ben Kavich Australian TBA TBA
A1 Beric Lynton Australian BMW M3 F80
A1 Dimitri Agathos Australian Subaru Impreza WRX Sti V-1
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Garry Mennell Australian BMW M Coupe ( 1 Series) E82
A1 Garth Walden Australian Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
A1 Jeremy Gray Australian Ford FGII GT-F
A1 Mark Eddy Australian Audi TTRS 8J
A1 Michael King Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Paul Loiacono Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Rob Hay Australian BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Rod Salmon Australian Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
A1 Sherrin Racing Australian BMW M4 F82
A1 Simon Hodges Australian BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Stephen Thompson Australian Mitusbishi Lancer EVO X RS
A2 Cameron Kerr Australian Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Chris Lillie Australian Holden VE-HSV GTS
A2 Daniel Clift Australian Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Daniel Flanagan Australian Holden VY2-HSV GTS
A2 Gordon Wilson Australian BMW M3 E92
A2 Graeme Muir Australian Holden VE-HSV GTS
A2 Justin Anthony Australian Mercedes-Benz C63 204
A2 Michael James Australian Holden VE-HSV GTS
A2 Steve Hodges Australian Holden VY CSV Monaro Mondo GT
B1 Adrian Stefan Australian BMW 335i E90
B1 Bradley Carr Australian Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B1 Brett McFarland Australian Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B1 Scott Gore Australian BMW 135i E82
B1 Trevor Keene Australian Volkswagen Golf R Series 6
B2 Garth Walden Australian Holden VE SSV-Redline
B2 James Herington Australian Holden VE SSV-Redline
B2 Joe Krinelos Australian Holden VF SSV-Redline (6.0L) CL
C Blake Aubin Australian Renault Megane RS 265
C Colin Osborne Australian Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R
C Colin Osborne Australian Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R
C Doug Westwood Australian BMW M3 E36 3.0L
C Garry Mennell Australian BMW 130i E87
C Keven Stoopman Australian Subaru Impreza WRX MY06
C Peter Lacey Australian Volkswagen Scirocco R
C Robert Di Sandro Australian BMW M3 E36 3.0L
C Trevor Mirabito Australian BMW 130i E87
D David Baker Australian Honda Integra Type R
D David Crowe Australian Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Gavan Reynolds Australian Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Graeme Heath Australian Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Grant Phillips Australian Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Lauren Gray Australian Toyota Corolla Sportivo
D Liam McAdam Australian Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
E Andrew McMaster Australian Mazda 3 SP25 BL Series 1
E Brianna Wilson Australian Nissan Pulsar N15
E James Goldsbrough Australian Hyundai Getz TB
E Michael Hopp Australian Suzuki Swift Sport RS416