Preliminary entry list released for 2019 race

AUSTRALIA’S premier Production Car endurance race has released another bumper early entry list, with the 2019 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour already shaping up as another Mount Panorama classic.

More than 40 ‘early bird’ entries have been received by Event organisers ahead of the 19-21 April Event across the Easter 2019 long weekend.

With entries remining open until 15 March 2019, it sets the scene for another bumper field that organisers expect to again reach 60 cars.

62 entries contested the 2018 Event with a Bathurst record-setting 64 cars starting the race a year prior.

A spread of cars throughout the seven eligible classes will again see close competition throughout the field.

“Once again we have received interest from a broad spectrum of cars and competitors from all corners of the sport,” Event Director James O’Brien said.

“The 2018 race included a stunning battle for the lead and outright victory that went down to the closing stages – and there’s no reason to suggest that won’t happen again as more people build cars capable of doing the job.

“Meanwhile we’re especially pleased that the class competition continues to remain strong ensuring there’s something for everyone throughout the field.”

Early highlights include 13 cars in the outright-contending A1 ‘Extreme Performance – Forced Induction’ class, including defending winners Sherrin Racing and their BMW M4.

Queenslander Beric Lynton has also entered his BMW M3, a car qualified on pole last year by Tim Leahey.

Bathurstian Brad Schumacher (Subaru Impreza WRX), Dylan Thomas (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO), Jeremy Gray (Ford Falcon GT-F) and a brand-new BMW M4 for regular frontrunner Anthony Soole also feature in the outright category.

A2 (Extreme Performance – Normally aspirated) includes the usual eclectic mix of Holden Special Vehicles entries while class B1 (High Performance – Forced Induction) includes Orange’s Trevor Keene in his potent VW Golf R.

Class C (Performance) includes a mixture of entries representing Mazda, BMM and VW while class D remains the battleground of the renowned Toyota 86 Coupe – with seven examples already locked in.

Interest in the ‘Baby car’ Class E has seen three cars already confirmed, with more expected.

Entries remain open until 15 March 2019.

The 2019 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will again commence at 11:30am on Sunday, 21 April 2019, while information regarding the broadcast and streaming coverage will be announced in due course.

PRELIMINARY ENTRY LIST - 2019 BATHURST 6 HOUR

A1 Anthony Soole BMW M4 F82
A1 Beric Lynton BMW M3 F80LCI Competition
A1 Brad Schumacher Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-4
A1 Dimitri Agathos Subaru Impreza WRX Sti V-1
A1 Dylan Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Jack Winter Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Jeremy Gray Ford FGII GT-F
A1 Joe Krinelos Holden VF MY14-HSV GTS
A1 Michael Kavich Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Paul Loiacono Mitsubishi EVO X RS
A1 Sherrin Racing BMW M4 F82
A1 Simon Hodges BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Stephen Thompson Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A2 Aaron Tebb Holden VF SS Redline (6.2)
A2 Anthony Gilbertson BMW M3 E92
A2 Daniel Clift Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Daniel Flanagan Holden VY2-HSV GTS
A2 Graeme Muir Holden VE HSV GTS
A2 Robert Coulthard Holden VY CSV Monaro Mondo GT
B1 Brett McFarland Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B1 Christopher Gleeson Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B1 Geoffrey Russell Ford FGX XR6 Turbo Sprint
B1 Scott Gore BMW 135i E82
B1 Trevor Keene Volkswagen Golf R Series 6
B2 Trevor Mirabito Holden VF SSV-Redline (6.0L)
C Brianna Wilson Mazda 3 MPS BK
C James Goldsbrough BMW 130E E87
C Lachlan O'Hara Mazda RX-8 RX8A
C Peter Lacey Volkswagen Scirocco R
C Robert Di Sandro BMW M3 E36 3.0L
D Allan Gray Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Cem Yucel Nissan Pulsar SSS N14
D David Baker Honda Integra Type R DC2
D Lachlan Mineeff Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Lea Medhurst Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Liam McAdam Motorsport Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Michael James Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Murray Dowsett Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Stephen Stockdale Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
E Alan Turner Mazda 3 SP23 BK Series 1
E Andrew McMaster Mazda 3SP25 BL Series 1
E SORTHARE Suzuki Racing Team Suzuki Swift Sport RS416