JUST SIX WEEKS after a 50-plus entry tackled the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race in February, a similarly diverse field of exciting GT and Production-based vehicles will again tackle Mount Panorama for some tough endurance racing.
The only difference is that this time, it will be at Easter’s Bathurst Motor Festival.
The Production Sports Car series has confirmed a massive field for their now-annual round at Mount Panorama, the diverse field set to tackle two sprint races and one (one-hour enduro) across the March 29-31 weekend.
In the 75th anniversary year of racing on Mount Panorama, the inclusion of Production Sports Cars at the Event ensures the racing will hark back to the early days of wide-open class racing on the mountain.
At the pointy end of the field, the likes of #1 driver Neale Muston (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car) and Ross Lilley (Dodge Viper GT3) are expected to be amongst the pacesetters.
Muston swept the Bathurst weekend twelve months ago, winning both races in his Porsche GT3. The Sydney-based driver is presently in peak form, having closed out his maiden Radical Australia Cup title between Bathurst starts.
In a grid worthy of a full-on national championship, Bill Pye (Porsche), Iain Pretty (Ford GT40 replica), Stephen Borness (Porsche), Peter Lucas and Garth Walden (Lotus Elise) and Ash Samadi (Porsche) are expected to be outright contenders.
Father and son team Indiran and Duvashen Padayachee – who is racing full-time in Porsche Carrera Cup this season – will also enter a pair of Porsche’s.
Meanwhile, the class racing battle will be just as competitive – a host of Mazda MX-5s set to tackle a number of similarly powered cars in the smaller-capacity class in what will be a true ‘race within a race’.
The Bathurst Motor Festival marks the opening round in an always-competitive Production Sports Car season, Production Sports Car Association president Arthur Magaitis noting that Bathurst is the season highlight for competitors.
“Bathurst marks the start of our endurance season, where we race in four states and at four endurance events and the series is going from strength to strength,” he said.
“Everyone wants to race at Bathurst as it is the best track in Australia – it’s a real ‘bucket-list’ item. It’s something that we love to keep returning to and it is an ideal start to our season.
“I think the Production Sports Car field will put on a great show this Easter.”
The Bathurst Motor Festival will feature the opening round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, NSW Production Touring Cars, Group N historic Touring Cars, Production Sports Cars, Formula Vee and regularity categories, the New South Wales Road Racing Club and NSW Porsche Club.