ENTRY LIST: Full field settles ahead of six-hour classic
THE FULL entry list, including drivers, has settled ahead of the 2023 running of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour this April 7-9.
The tagline of ‘Bathurst’s biggest enduro’ rings true with 60 cars and 156 drivers currently confirmed across the eight classes.
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A few remaining teams are yet to confirm second or third drivers, meaning that number should approach 160 by the time the green flag drops on Easter Sunday morning.
The field is packed with talent, with well-known motorsport names like Marcos Ambrose, Will Davison, Anton de Pasquale, John Bowe and Tony D’Alberto joined by a host of drivers from all walks of life.
Family is a major theme with nine cars each including two members of the same family.
Brothers Grant and Iain Sherrin are former race winners, while cousins Ben and Jude Bargwanna are the third generation of their family to tackle the Mountain.
Tony Quinn will race with his grandson, Ryder, while there are four father and son combinations in the field.
Among them are the father and son combination of Darryl and Henderson Leslight, who hail from Ulladulla in New South Wales and will race a VW Golf GTI in Class D.
The pair usually compete in Heritage Touring Cars, however Darryl (61) and 16-year-old Henderson will each start their first Bathurst race this Easter, a bucket list exercise for their family.
While the last few outright race winners are absent, throwing the battle for the overall win wide open this year, several competitors return looking to defend their class victories from last year.
Among them is Mike Sheargold, who won Class A1 in both 2021 and 2022 driving his Mercedes AMG A45.
No driver has ever won their class three times, let alone three times in a row, in Bathurst 6 Hour history.
Defending winners in Class A2 (Tony Quinn / Grant Denyer), Class C (Jake Camilleri / Scott Nicholas) and Class E (David Wooler) all return in a bid to claim a rare Bathurst back-to-back.
BMW are the most numerical manufacturer with 14 entries, followed by Holden/HSV with 10, Ford with 7, Mazda with 5, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen with 4, Subaru with 3, Toyota with 2 and Audi, Honda, Lexus and Mini each represented by one car.
The 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 hour, Round 2 of the Shannons SpeedSeries, will be held across the April 7-9 long weekend, with support from the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, GT4/APC Sprints, MRF Pulsar Cup and Circuit Excels.
Tickets remain available online via the event website, while full coverage will be broadcast live on Saturday (Stan Sport / Nine Network) and Sunday (Stan Sport) this year.
International streaming will be available online via www.speedseries.com.au/TV.