62 SET FOR 2018 BATHURST PRODUCTION CAR CLASSIC

MORE than 60 cars will contest the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour for the second consecutive year.

The final entry list confirmed today includes 62 cars represented by 17 different manufacturers and a remarkable 38 different models.

BMW and Holden are the most numerous brands, with 11 cars each while Mitsubishi (8), Toyota (6) amd Subaru (5) each have strong representation.

Though two cars fewer than the Bathurst-record 64-car field that started the race last year, the field represents a larger entry of purely Production Car-classified vehicles than 2017.

Last year, five Saloon Cars entered that race – cars that were not eligible to compete this year.

“The fact we have seen an overall increase in Production Cars and another grid of more than 60 entries proves the ongoing appeal of the Event,” said Event Director James O’Brien.

“The depth of competition continues to grow, and we expect to see very close and hard-fought battles for the podium positions in each of the seven classes throughout the weekend.

“More later-model cars continue to be built for the race, though we are pleased it remains an avenue for privateer runners and family teams on a modest budget to be able to compete at Mount Panorama.

“We have some exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks that will add to the event and make it even bigger than ever in 2018.”

33 cars are split between the A1 (Extreme Performance – Forced Induction) and A2 (Extreme Performance – Normally aspirated) categories that are most likely to produce the outright winner in 2018.

Key contenders are likely to include the Sherrin Rentals BMW M4, Morcom Motorsport’s Ford Focus RS, Mark Eddy’s Audi TT RS, the Garth Walden Racing and Rod Salmon-entered Mercedes-AMG A45s and Dylan Thomas’ Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS – all staples of the race and Production Car racing.

Those contenders will be joined by former Production Car champion Beric Lynton, who upgrades to a brand-new BMW M3 for 2018.

Jeromy Gray’s Ford Falcon FG II GT-F was also highly competitive last year and will return to contest the race in 2018.

A2 is dominated by Holden products with a variety of HSV models entered, though the lone Mercedes-AMG C63S entered by Justin Anthony provides a unique point of difference.

B1 (High Performance – Forced Induction) will be battled out between Subaru and BMW, while Production Car staple Trevor Keene will debut his VW Golf R this Easter in a bid to snare a class victory.

Meanwhile, Bathurst endurance race staples MARC Cars Australia has secured the 2016 race-winning BMW 335i and have entered the race in a return to their Production Car racing roots.

B2 (High Performance – Naturally Aspirated) features three Holden Commodores, including two VE SSVs and a lone VF model.

The Renault Megane RS265 is expected to be the pacesetter in Class C, with local team Aubin Brothers Racing to do battle with Colin Osborne’s two-car Renault squad.

The class also includes David Raddatz’s Alfa Romeo Gulietta – that made its debut last year – plus a VW Sirocco R.

The Toyota 86 remains dominant in Class D, though title-winning Production Car outfit Lauren Gray Motorsport will hope to oust them with their well-developed Toyota Corolla. Conroy Motorsport return with their Kia ProCeed GT while a lone Honda Integra will also contend.

The baby-car class features growth from last year; with six cars represented in 2018.

The 2018 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be held between 30 March – 1 April 2018.

2018 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour - Entry List

(Entry List as at 26/02/2018)

Class Competitor Nationality Make Model
A1 Aaron Tebb Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Anthony Soole Australian BMW M Coupe (1 Series) E82
A1 Barry Morcom Australian Ford Focus RS LZ
A1 Beric Lynton Australian BMW M3 F80 LCI Competition
A1 Brad Schumacher Australian Subaru WRX STI G4
A1 Dimitri Agathos Australian Subaru Impreza WRX STI V-1
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Garth Walden Australian Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
A1 Grant Sherrin Australian BMW M4 F82
A1 Jeremy Gray Australian Ford FGII GT-F
A1 Mark Eddy Australian Audi TTRS 8J
A1 Michael Kavich Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Michael King Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Paul Loiacono Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Rob Hay Australian BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Rob Woods Australian Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
A1 Rod Salmon Australian Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
A1 Simon Hodges Australian BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Stephen Thompson Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Thomas Muller Australian BMW M Coupe (1 Series) E82
A1 Wade Scott Australian Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII RS
A2 David Filipetto Australian Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Chris Lillis Australian Holden VE-HSV GTS
A2 Daniel Clift Australian Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Daniel Flanagan Australian Holden VY2-HSV GTS
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
A2 Warren Trewin Australian Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
B1 Bradley Carr Australian Subaru Impreza WRX STI G-2
B1 Brett McFarland Australian Subaru Impreza WRX STI G-2
B1 Garry Mennell Australian BMW 135i E82
B1 MARC Cars Australia Australian BMW 335i E92
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)
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 Daniel Sugden Australian BMW M3 E36 3.0L
C David Raddatz Australian Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV
C Keven Stoopman Australian Subaru Impreza WRX MY06
C Peter Lacey Australian Volkswagen Scirocco R
C Trevor Mirabito Australian BMW 130i E87
D David Baker Australian Honda Integra Type R
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 Carolla Sportivo
D Liam McAdam Australian Toyota 86 GT ZN SER
D Terry Conroy Australian Kia Proceed GT
E Amy Griffith Australian Toyota Echo 10 SER
E Andrew McMaster Australian Mazda 3 SP25 BL Series 1
E Brianna Wilson Australian Nissan Pulsar N15
E Cem Yucel Australian Nissan Pulsar N15
E James Goldsbrough Australian Hyundai Getz TB
E Sorthare Racing Pty Ltd Australian Suzuki Swift Sport RS416