MORE THAN 270 Vehicles will take part in the Bathurst Motor Festival this Easter long weekend, an outstanding response to a new Event only announced late last year.
The massive entry has come from five race and two regularity-based categories all eager to get rare track time on the hallowed bitumen of Mount Panorama, with four classes featuring 40 or more cars in their respective entry lists.
An impressive 51 cars have been entered for the Production Sports Car battle, which will feature an incredible array of vehicles ranging from a $500,000 V10 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 to a horde of Mazda MX-5 sports cars that are a mainstay of the class.
Victorian driver Ted Huglin will race the stunning Lambo and will be joined by a host of national-level drivers in exotic machinery – with many opting for two drivers in the mini-endurance format that features two, 30-minute races on Saturday and a one-hour enduro Event on Sunday afternoon.
Iain Pretty’s GT40 Replica, Rod Wilson and Jim Manolios in a brand-new Corvette GT3 and Jamie Augustine and Bathurst 1000 veteran Andrew Miedecke in a Daytona Coupe are but a few favourites in the stunning entry list.
Though a non-championship round, the Ashley Cooper Memorial Saloon Car Event will be a massive show with 40 cars nominated - with several top drivers from the National Series confirmed starters. Shaun Jamieson, Simon Tabinor and Matt Lovell are name that stand out in a grid that features VN and VT Commodores, and EA – AU Falcons – the Fords holding the slight Numerical advantage in the age-old battle of the brands.
The return of Formula Ford open wheelers to the Mountain for the first time in years has also drawn a sensational response and some surprising names will make up the near-capacity, 41-car, grid.
Whilst several National Formula Ford championship runners will start – including the likes of Andre Borell and Luke Ellery – Fujitsu V8 supercar driver Tom Tweedie is another to use the weekend as a way to get miles ahead of the October V8 Supercar Event his Historic 1986 Van Diemen.
The Formula Ford field is made up of state-level ‘Kent’ powered vehicles with an incredible 16 different chassis manufactures represented in the field combined of modern chassis from the likes of Mygale and Spectrum, to historic Lola’s, Lotuses and Birrana’s.
Fresh from their first round at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, the incredible racing of the Aussie Racing Cars will return to the Mountain after a several-year absence, with class representatives promising ‘NASCAR Superspeedway-style racing’. 39 Cars are entered.
The two regularity classes have also been well received, with the New South Wales Road Racing Club (NSWRRC) and the Porsche Club of NSW giving people an opportunity for people to race the clock – and themselves – rather than other people.
Whilst the NSWRRC field features everything from Holden Torana’s to BMWs and open-topped Clubman Sportscars, the Porsche regularity has everything from a Cayenne SUV to the ever popular 911 and 944 models.
Commodore Cup will contest two, 45-minute two-driver races in the second round of their national series and will confirm their final entry list later this week – with several ‘name’ drivers from V8 Supercar set to feature in a ‘compact’ yet feisty field.
The Bathurst Motor Festival program features Practice and Qualifying on Friday (April 22) prior to 15 races and 6 regularity time-trial sessions on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24.
The Bathurst Motor Festival will be held at Mount Panorama on April 22-24 and will feature a range of diverse racing and regularity categories, including the Aussie Racing Cars, Commodore Cup, NSW Production Sports Cars, Formula Ford 1600 and Saloon Cars, plus two regularity classes from the Porsche Club of NSW and the NSW Road Racing Club.
Entry to the Bathurst Motor Festival will be by ‘bank note’ donation – anything from $5 upwards – with proceeds going directly to the Cancer Council of New South Wales and their Relay for Life program.
Multiple positions for Event Volunteers are still available with information available via the Event website.