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Bathurst 12 Hour reveals bumper 2018 entry list

A bumper grid is set to tackle the Bathurst 12 Hour

Organisers have revealed a star studded provisional entry list of 60 cars for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

A total of 31 GT cars representing some of the biggest teams in the world of GT3 racing will contest the Mount Panorama endurance race from February 2-4, with 13 marques to feature across all classes.

Audi will have 10 R8 GT3s take to the grid including the top European outfit WRT, who will enter two cars, alongside six from Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia.

It is expected a host of factory drivers from the German marque will once again feature.

The famous BMW Team Schnitzer will make the trip to Australia with a M6 GT3 alongside a BMW Team SRM entry.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Steven Richards will rejoined by Timo Glock and Philipp Eng in one of the SRM entries.

Highly successful Porsche squad Manthey Racing will field a 911 GT3R for Dirk Werner, Romain Dumas, and Frédéric Makowiecki.

A further two GT3Rs have been confirmed from American teams Competition Motorsports and Black Swan Racing.

McLaren will have three cars on the grid including an 650S entered by Australian-based Objective Racing.

As previously reported, Bentley will once again operate a two car attack as it bids farewell to its first generation Continental GT3 at the event.

Mercedes will have an increased offering of six cars entered by Scott Taylor Motorsport, British team Strakka Racing, Australian GT driver Mark Griffith and a yet to be named outfit.

Strakka Racing confirmed this morning that Prodrive Supercars driver Cameron Waters will drive one of its AMG GT3s.

The grid will also be populated by three Lamborghinis.

However, defending winners Maranello Motorsport are missing from the list having taken out this year’s race with a Ferrari 488 GT3 piloted by seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes and Toni Vilander.

The only Ferrari representative is the New Zealand based Trass Family Motorsport 458 GT3.

Meanwhile, 2015 winners Nissan are a notable omission from the grid after fielding two factory backed GTR GT3s this year.

Also missing from the entry list is the Walkinshaw Racing Porsche that took out the Class A amateur honours this year.

Five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars will battle it out for Class B honours, while Class C GT4 will see 13 cars go head-to-head.

Four of the brand-new BMW M4 GT4s are entered – including one from the USA – while the same number of Ginetta’s will contest the race representing the local arm of the brand.

Two KTM X-Bows and three Porsche Cayman GT4s round out what is a highly anticipated class battle.

The Invitational class is now 11-strong and includes three of the new MARC II racers alongside six of the existing cars, plus the two Daytona Sportscars entries.

“We are very pleased with the entry list and the depth of competition in every class,” said Event Director John Casey.

“The spread between outright and BRM Chronographes Pro/Am contenders in class A is pleasing and will see fantastic competition for both trophies within the GT3 class.

“Meanwhile the growth in the GT4 class mirrors the evolution of the category on a global stage.

“That class will be a serious highlight next February with each brand having several potential winners.

“Entries remain open for a day and we are expecting a few high-profile additions to the current list before the final grid is settled.”

Following withdrawals, both pre-event and during practice and qualifying, 52 cars started the 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Entries close at 1700 today.

Provisional Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Entry List

1

A

International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS

2

A

Industrie Racing Audi R8 Ultra LMS

3

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

4

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

5

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

6

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

7

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

8

A

Audi Sport Customer Racing Audi R8 LMS

9

A

WRT Audi R8 LMS

10

A

WRT Audi R8 LMS

11

A

Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3

12

A

Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3

13

A

BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3

14

A

BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3

15

A

BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3

16

A

Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia

17

A

Lago Racing Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX

18

A

Safe-T-Stop Lamborghini Gallardo GT3

19

A

Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Hurracan

20

A

Objective Racing Mclaren 650S GT3

21

A

YNA Autosport Mclaren 650S GT3

22

A

YNA Autosport Mclaren 650S GT3

23

A

Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT GT3

24

A

Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT GT3

25

A

Nineteen Corp P/L Mercedes AMG GT GT3

26

A

Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing Mercedes AMG GT GT3

27

A

Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing Mercedes AMG GT GT3

28

A

To Be Announced Mercedes AMG GT GT3

29

A

Manthey-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R

30

A

Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R

31

A

Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R

32

B

Team Carrera Cup Asia Porsche GT3 Cup

33

B

On Track Motorsport Porsche GT3 Cup

34

B

Grove Motorsport Pty Ltd Porsche GT3 Cup

35

B

DRM TeamWrightlands Porsche GT3 Cup

36

B

Wall Racing Porsche GT3 Cup

37

C

BMW Team SRM BMW M4 GT4

38

C

Baigent Racing Ltd BMW M4 GT4

39

C

Boat Works Racing BMW M4 GT4

40

C

To be announced – USA BMW M4 GT4

41

C

Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta GT4

42

C

Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta GT4

43

C

Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta GT4

44

C

Ginetta Australia Ginetta Ginetta GT4

45

C

M Motorsport P/L KTM X-Bow GT4

46

C

KTM / M Motorsport KTM X-Bow GT4

47

C

Brookspeed International Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 CS

48

C

Brookspeed International Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 CS

49

C

Prosport Performance GABH Porsche Cayman

50

I

Daytona Sportscars Daytona Coupe

51

I

Daytona Sportscars Dodge Viper

52

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC Focus V8

53

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8

54

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8

55

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8

56

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC Mazda V8

57

I

Geoff Taunton MARC Focus V8

58

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8

59

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8

60

I

MARC Cars Australia MARC II V8

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