ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN for the five race and two regularity categories that make up the Bathurst Motor Festival, to be held on the Easter / ANZAC day long weekend.

Interest is already high from competitors keen to grasp the opportunity to race on Australia’s most famous circuit, with the reborn Event opening the circuit up to a diverse range of vehicles from top National and club or state level racing.

Category Manager of the exciting Commodore Cup National Series, David Stevenson, said his category had already fielded multiple requests for entry information ahead of their return to the Mountain.

“Everyone wants to race at Bathurst and our competitors are no different. It’s why we are so excited to be part of the Event – we think it can become a real key Event in our season,” he said.

Commodore Cup features Holden (253ci) V8 powered VH – VS Commodores with limited grip and aerodynamic aids.

“Commodore Cup is about close and exciting racing with cars that sound fantastic and move around a lot. Every time we go racing at Bathurst we produce exciting races and our guys love competing there.

“We also have a lot of cross over between our series and the Fujitsu V8 Supercars, with guys like Tony Bates, Geoff Emery and Marcus Zukanovic competing in both series regularly so I expect a lot of those guys to front at Bathurst – it’s a great chance for them to get some miles before October.”

Amongst other categories, the Aussie Racing Car Series will return with their thirty-plus field as usual, providing their thrilling slipstreaming battles at 240km/hr down Conrod Straight.

The Formula Ford 1600 administrators are already tipping an oversubscribed grid, whilst the Saloon Car organisers are expecting a mix of state-based and national level competitors making up a full grid of Holdens and Fords doing battle.

Also on the schedule, the Production Sports Car series from New South Wales regularly attracts large and diverse fields and should do the same come Easter.

The NSW Road Racing club has already confirmed 45 entrants for their five Regularity sessions, representing the width and breadth of the motorsport spectrum, including American Muscle Cars, Classic British Sports Cars, high powered modern turbos and Clubmans.

The Porsche Club of New South Wales will run a similar Regularity with cars ranging from the latest Porsche GT3 to 944 Turbos and classic 911’s set to enter.

Event Director James O’Brien said the Event had the potential to attract a massive number of competitors.

“With seven categories present we are anticipating in excess of 250 cars this April,” he said.

“We had more than 300 vehicles competing at the recent Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour, so with more categories there is no reason not to expect more entrants at the Festival. It will be a pretty spectacular show with big fields and great racing.

“We think it’s going to be another fantastic Event for the Bathurst region, with the potential of more than 2000 people coming to Bathurst for the weekend – and that’s just from the competitors alone.”


Steve Perry (not verified)

Wondering why Festival of Sports Cars are not on this year - what happened to this event?