THE FIVE support categories that make up a huge Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour event program have locked in their fields for the March 30-April 1 Easter spectacular.
Historic Touring Cars, New South Wales Production Sports Car series and Porsche Cub NSW regularity competitors have become Easter staples, while Historic Formula Ford Australia and the Circuit Excel one-make series will make their first Easter Bathurst appearances this year.
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Almost 230 competitors are locked in with that number rising to nearly 300 for the weekend when the massive 62-car Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour grid is included.
Now hugely popular as a cost-effective and competitive entry-level category, the Hyundai Excel class has boomed in recent years and has attracted a full 55-car field for their Bathurst debut.
The grid includes 2017 Excel Nationals Cameron Wilson, Queensland front runner Brock Giblin, former South Australian champion Asher Johnston, second-generation driver Ben Bargwanna and New South Wales-based Emily Duggan. The Excel series has attracted entries from every mainland state for their Bathurst debut.
The Historic Formula Ford Association has attracted more than 30 cars for their Easter event, with the field of pre-1990 cars set to provide highly competitive racing.
Amongst the field, former F3 race winners Tom Tweedie and Tim Berryman, Cameron Walters, Andrew McInnes and Malcom Oastler are all expected to feature.
More than 50 cars will tackle the Castrol Group N Historic Touring Car races, spread across the ‘NB’ and ‘NC’ classifications.
The stacked field includes Touring Car Masters race winners Brad Tilley (Mustang) and Les Walmsley (Charger), regular Bathurst contenders Darryl Hansen (Mustang) and Dean Neville (Camaro) – with other familiar names including former Bathurst 1000 racer Kevin Heffernan (Torana XU1) and Elliot Barbour (Torana XU1) also amongst the list.
The Production Sports Car grid includes another stunning array of high-performance GT and Sports Car machinery, including several cars that contested the recent Bathurst 12 Hour.
Several Audi R8s are expected to lead the charge, with a Lamborghini RE-X, Porsche GT3 Cup Cars and Ford GT40s expected to contend.
The driver roster is a mix of one and two-driver combinations for their pair of two, one-hour races.
The Porsche Club of NSW has attracted yet another bumper field of competitors for their series of four against-the-stopwatch regularity trials; 55 locked in for their Bathurst return.
The field includes everything from classic Porsche 911 models through to heavy-hitting 911 GT3 machinery.
Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour support categories practice and qualify on Friday, 30 March before hitting the track on Saturday and Sunday morning in the lead-in to the six-hour event itself.