31 August 2015 | General


ENTRIES for the inaugural Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will open next week following strong early interest from Australian Production Car competitors in Bathurst’s newest enduro. More than 70 expression of interest forms were received from eligible competitors with Event organisers confident that the early interest will translate into a strong field contesting the brand-new race, to be held within the Bathurst Motor Festival across the Easter long weekend next year.”We are very pleased with the early interest in the Bathurst 6 Hour which has proven demand exists for this Race,” Event Director James O’Brien said.”We are confident these EOIs will translate into a grid of at least 40 cars, which is our target for the inaugural Race. A field of that size around Mount Panorama should ensure a spectacle for spectators, our online audience and TV viewers.”Competitors committing early will be rewarded with a discounted entry fee, along with securing a grid spot in the event we are inundated with entry forms.” Entries will remain open until late February next year however the ‘early bird’ fee ends on 30 October 2015. Supplementary Regulations have been released and are available on the Event website, with some key points as follows:Class A, B, C, D, E and F will be for cars complying to CAMS Group 3E Production Car Regulations whilst an Invitational class will open the race to a slightly broader group of vehicles including the Audi TT Coupe’, Fiat Abarth 500 plus and V8 Ute and six-cylinder Saloon Car models from Holden and Ford.Bathurst 6 Hour competitors will enjoy plenty of track time with three, 50-minute practice sessions to be contested prior to Saturday’s 40-minute qualifying session.The six-hour race will then commence at 12:00pm on Sunday 27 March, running into the late afternoon and early evening.Teams can opt for two or three drivers, with the maximum driving time for any one driver listed at 3.5 hours.Five additional race and regularity categories will make up the 2016 Bathurst Motor Festival with the full program to be announced within the next month.The 2016 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be streamed live on the internet in its entirety with post-produced highlights to be broadcast on SBS Speedweek on 10 April 2016.Campsite sales have commenced and are available for purchase from the Bathurst Motor Festival website.For more information about the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour or the Bathurst Motor Festival, visit STRUCTURE:Class A1: Extreme Performance (Forced Induction)Includes Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, Subaru WRX STi, BMW 1M / M135i and HSV VF GTS.Class A2: Extreme Performance (Naturally Aspirated)Includes BMW M3, Ford BA / BF FPV GTClass B1: High Performance (Forced Induction)Includes BMW 135i/ 335i, Ford FGX XR6 TurboClass B2: High Performance (Naturally Aspirated)Includes BMW M3 E46, Ford AU / BA / BF XR8, HSV Club Sport, Holden SS Commodore.Class C: PerformanceIncludes BMW 130i, Holden / HSV Astra VXR, Mazda 3 MPS, Mazda RX8, Renault Megane RS 265Class D: ProductionIncludes Ford Fiesta XR4, Honda Integra Type R, Kia Proceed GT, Mini Cooper S JCW, Toyota 86Class E: CompactIncludes Suzuki Swift Sport, Toyota Echo / Yaris, Mazda 2Class F: DieselClass I: Invitational Includes Audi TT:RS, Fiat Abarth 500, Holden / Ford Saloon Car and Ute entries complying to category regulations.