A MULTI-YEAR build-up will see Newcastle’s own racing team return to Mount Panorama this Easter.
‘Team Newcastle’ will field a VE Holden SSV Commodore in the 2020 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour as part of a bumper grid of 60-plus production cars set to contest the Easter Long Weekend classic in Bathurst.
Having contested the 2018 race only to be forced out with mechanical issues after just 41 laps, the squad has spent the last two years regrouping and planning their campaign for the 2020 race.
THE Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour field has officially raced past 60 cars with a record Bathurst endurance race field now on the cards for this Easter.
Only a handful of grid positions remain open before capacity is reached, the event on track to break the record for the largest ever Bathurst enduro field.
64 cars started the 2017 Bathurst 6 Hour, breaking the previous Bathurst record of 63 cars established on three occasions by the Bathurst 1000.
HI-TEC OILS BATHURST 6 Hour champions Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey have confirmed their plans to defend their title in 2020.
Queenslander Lynton and regular co pilot Leahey, who hails from Orange, scored a one-lap victory in their BMW M3 Competition last year in one of the most dominant performances seen in six-hour history.
Having earlier qualified on pole position by a comfortable margin, the duo led every lap of the race and Leahey set the fastest lap en-route to the crushing victory that also saw them equal race’s distance record (131 laps, 813km).