A GOOD FRIDAY ON THE MOUNTAIN AS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF

THE CHANCE TO SPEND a relaxing Good Friday public holiday enjoying motorsport has drawn plenty of fans to Mount Panorama, as the Bathurst Motor Festival kicked off in spectacular fashion today despite a delayed start.

Heavy fog rolled into Bathurst this morning, completely shrouding the circuit and delaying the first on-track action by ninety minutes - but that failed to dampen the spirits of an enthusiastic public holiday crowd and more than 250 competitors taking to the track today for practice and qualifying.

EVENT OVERVIEW: 2011 BATHURST MOTOR FESTIVAL

BATHURST will again come alive with motorsport this Easter with the Bathurst Motor Festival set to bring thousands into the Central West region across the long weekend.

271 Entrants supported by an anticipated 1500-plus team members, family, Event staff and volunteer officials are already beginning to descend on the township ahead of competition beginning this Friday, April 22.

The event features a wide array of vehicles included in five race and two regularity classes set to entertain.

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REGULARITY EXPLAINED: RACING YOURSELF AND THE CLOCK

REGULARITY COMPETITION, a unique form of Motorsport that pits competitors against their own driving and the clock, will feature as a major part of this weekend’s Bathurst Motor Festival at Mount Panorama.

In a first for a major Event on the Mountain, two regularity classes made up of more than 80 vehicles – out of a total of 271 entered – will compete this weekend and will be made up by an astonishing variety of different makes and models of vehicle.

RALLY HERO EVANS RETURNS TO BATHURST WITH COMMODORE CUP

ONE OF THE MOST popular figures in Australian Motorsport, four-time Australian Rally Champion Simon Evans, will return to circuit racing as part of the second round of the Commodore Cup National Series, presented by Menzel Glass, this weekend at Mount Panorama.

The 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 ARC champion will team with Jeff Watters in the Automobility-sponsored VS Commodore in the series’ first two-driver ‘mini endurance’ Event of the season.

V8 STARS AND FAMILY TIES TO FEATURE IN COMMODORE CUP BATHURST RACES

A TWO-DRIVER endurance format has encouraged some of the big names from V8 Supercar competition to join the ranks of the Commodore Cup National Series this Easter long weekend at the Bathurst Motor Festival.

Round Two of the 2011 series will feature two, 45-minute races on the famous Mount Panorama circuit as part of the Bathurst Motor Festival Event; a star-studded driver line-up making the task of picking a winner hugely challenging.

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