21 October 2021 | General

2022 Bathurst grid charges beyond 50 cars

The 2022 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour field has flown beyond the 50 car mark just two weeks after entries officially opened.

A total of 52 entries have been officially lodged for the event as of October 20, a record number in such a short space of time.

Entries have been lodged for seven of the eight classes and represent the usual broad spectrum of cars from outright-contending BMW M3 and M4 entries through to the Class E Suzuki Swifts.

“Entries are charging towards the 60 mark and we expect to be there this time next week,” Event Director Ken Collier said.

“The level of interest has been remarkable. After the success of this year’s race we expected demand to be high, but the number of people committing early is unlike anything this race has ever experienced.

“The Bathurst grid density for the race remains at 72 cars and we aren’t that far away from that number, especially when you consider entries don’t close until next year.

“From an event point of view, we would urge those considering entering the race to get their paperwork in now because they may end up being in a situation where they miss out on a guaranteed spot.”

The race has averaged a 55-car field since the inaugural event in 2016.

In 2017 the 64-car field that started the race equalled the all-time record for an endurance race field at Mount Panorama.

59 cars started the 2021 race from 62 entered – the Covid-19 border situation forcing three cars to miss the event.

Early bird entries remain open for the race until November 30 this year, while entries will not close until March 11, 2022.

The 2022 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be held across the Easter Long weekend, 15-17 April.