2023 B6HR field exceeds capacity
THE 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour is set to once again be Australia’s largest endurance race, with demand outstripping supply in entries for the second consecutive year.
75 entries have been received to date by event organisers, five more than the grid capacity of the Mount Panorama circuit in place for the race.
It will ensure that for the second straight year, event regulation 1.7.4 will be activated, which states: “If full grid capacity is reached prior to the Entry Closing Date, the Bathurst 6 Hour Administrator reserves the right to accept those valid entries which it deems most suitable.”
Entries opened on September 21, with more than 20 entries lodged within 24 hours of their opening.
The field was at 50 as September turned to October, with the 70-car milestone reached earlier this week.
70 cars were ultimately entered in the 2022 Bathurst 6 Hour, a number that was reduced to 63 by the time the race commenced on Easter Sunday – making it the second-largest Bathurst enduro grid on record: the largest already set by the 6-Hour at 64.
Tickets, camping and Hospitality options for the 2023 event, to be held between 7-9 April, will go on sale soon.
KEN COLLIER – Bathurst 6 Hour Event Director
“We don’t take for granted the level of interest from competitors in the Bathurst 6 Hour,” Collier said.
“It is a remarkable thing and our number one goal is to provide a great platform for these teams and drivers to enjoy one of the great endurance races at Mount Panorama.
“The process of approving entries is not easy, however we do it with respect for every single competitor who has lodged a form. Every entry is judged on their own merits and what they bring to the event in a bid to ensure it is the best possible show for all concerned: be it competitors, the TV audience, the spectators and more.
“That process commences now to ensure we can inform those both successful and those not as soon as possible, so they can plan ahead.”