A FULL grid of Group N Historic Touring Cars is on the cards for the 2013 Bathurst Motor Festival, according to category representatives.

Organisers have currently already received 47 of a possible 55 entries for the March 29-31, 2013, weekend and are now targeting a ‘full grid’ of cars for the Easter next year despite more than 120 days remaining until the weekend commences.

Should all 55 grid spots be filled it will be the first time that a category will have been completely subscribed at the Bathurst Motor Festival, and will send race fans back to the glory days of Appendix J / Group N racing on the mountain.

“There would be no better sight than having the cars gridded up all the way around Murray’s corner and up Conrod straight,” said Category Administrator, Troy Williams.

“It looks like there is going to be a fight to fill the remaining spots – it’s really going to be a case of ‘first in, best dressed’.

“Interest has been phenomenal and there is no doubt that it would be one of the biggest Group N fields in recent memory. The Phillip Island Historics generally get close to having 50 cars on the grid – but it would be great to go over that.

“Group N is all about showcasing some of the classic cars from the history of Australian motorsport – and there would be no better way to do that than to have a massive field start at Bathurst next Easter.”

The talent-packed field includes every driver that finished in the top-10 of this year’s round, including defending winner, Bathurst driver Michael Anderson.

Anderson’s XY GT Falcon will return to do battle with one of the fastest drivers of this year’s field, Greg Toepfer – who was arguably the quickest driver across the weekend however failed to finish the trophy race finale’.

Seven cars will come from Western Australia and two from Tasmania to add to a truly national grid.

“We have had a great level of interest from the small capacity (under three-litre) cars, so we are looking forward to great racing right through the field – and not just from the big cars at the front,” Williams added.

Group N Historic Touring Cars will be one of several race and regularity categories competing at the Bathurst Motor Festival next year, including Formula 3, NSW Production Touring Cars, Production Sports Cars, Formula Vee and regularity categories, the New South Wales Road Racing Club and NSW Porsche Club.