Bumper field for Bathurst 12 Hour

Bathurst 12 Hour start

A SCAN of the final entry list for the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will gladden the hearts of true race fans everywhere with a 55-car entry confirmed – more than twice the size of the field for last October’s Bathurst 1000.

The driver nominations are still firming, but the grid won’t lack star power.

Le Mans winner David Brabham headlines an array of driving talent that also includes works Porsche ace Patrick Long, former F1 drivers Mika Salo (last year’s winner in a Ferrari) and Markus Winkelhock, former British touring car champion Gordon Shedden and a host of the world’s best GT stars, including Laurens Vanthoor and Rene Rast.

Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner will race an Audi R8 LMS with Phoenix Racing.

Three-time 12 Hour winner John Bowe will also return to defend his crown, this year teaming with Brabham and Peter Edwards in the Flying B Racing Bentley Continental GT3.

The quality line-up for the February 8 classic includes 20 international entries and, importantly, the outright GT3 category has attracted 30 cars.

The 30 cars entered in the outright class represent nine of the top GT3 brands, with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Nissan, McLaren, Bentley and Aston Martin all entered for a shot at an outright victory.

It is the strongest outright class representation in the history of the Bathurst 12 Hour and an increase on the 2014 line-up, which produced one of the great motor sporting contests in memory.

With 12 entries, Porsche is the most represented brand (thanks to 10 nominations in Class B) while Ferrari has seven 458 GT3s entered in Class A – the most for any one brand in the outright category.

Six Audi R8 LMSs and five Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGs give the German brands plenty of firepower to compete against last year’s Bathurst winner, Ferrari.

Entries have been received from 10 countries, including five from New Zealand, three each from Germany and the United Kingdom, and two from the United States.

A remarkable 43 entries have been accepted for the three GT classes eligible for the race, the largest grid of pure GT cars assembled in Australia.

A further 12 cars will compete in a pair of invitational classes, one for production-based vehicles such as BMW’s 1M and the Audi TT, and another for endurance-racing specials like the Australian-built MARC Focus racers and a pair of unique ex-Grand Am series Mazda RX8s originally from America.

The 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will start at 5.50am on Sunday, February 8.

For the first time, the entire race will be telecast live around Australia on the Seven Network.

2015 LIQUI-MOLY BATHURST 12 HOUR

Official Entry List

CLASS ENTRANT NATIONALITY AUTOMOBILE
A Maranello Motorsport Australia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A Erebus Motorsport Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A Erebus Motorsport Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A HTP Motorsport Germany Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A AF Corse Italy Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A AF Corse Italy Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A M Motorsport Australia Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 2012
A Dean Grant Australia Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A Marc Cini Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2012
A Andrew Macpherson Australia Porsche 911 GT3R 2013
A NISMO Athlete Global Team Japan Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 2014
A VIP Holdings Australia McLaren MP4-12C 2013
A Lago Racing Australia Lamborghini Gallardo
A Melbourne Perf Centrere Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
A Steve McLaughlin Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
A Trofeo Motorsport Australia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2012
A  Flying B Racing Australia Bentley Continental GT3 2014
A Vicious Rumour Racing Australia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2012
A Clearwater Racing Malaysia Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A Eva Racing Australia Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2012
A Rotek Racing USA Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 2013
A Trass Family Motorsport  New Zealand Ferrari F458 Italia GT3 2013
A Bentley M-Sport United Kingdom Bentley Continental GT3 2014
A Bentley M-Sport United Kingdom Bentley Continental GT3 2014
A Craft Bamboo Hong Kong Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2013
A Craft Bamboo Hong Kong Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2013
A Phoenix Racing Germany Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
A Phoenix Racing Germany Audi R8-LMS Ultra 2014
A Motionsport United Kingdom Aston Martin Vantage GT3 2013
A Competition Motorsports USA Porsche 911 GT3R 2013
B Peter Conroy Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2011
B Grove Motorsport Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2011
B Richard Gartner Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2007
B Motorsport Services New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2010
B Motorsport Services New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2010
B GT3 Endurance New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2010
B GT3 Endurance New Zealand Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2008
B Nick Creswell Australia Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 2009
B James Koundouris Australia Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S
B Paul Tresidder Australia Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S
C Aston Martin Saint Gallen Switzerland Aston Martin Vantage GT4
C Tony Alford Australia Lotus Exige Cup R
C Tony Martin Australia Ginetta G50 GT4 2010
D Anthony Gilbertson Australia BMW E46 M3 GTR
D Beric Lynton Australia BMW M Coupe (1 Series)
D Kintyre Motorsport Australia Audi TT RS 2011
D Richard Bendell Australia Daytona Sportscar
D Sherrin Racing Australia BMW 135i
D Peter O’Donnell Australia BMW 335i
D Gary Morgan Australia Subaru BRZ
I MARC Cars Australia Australia MARC Focus V8
I MARC Cars Australia Australia MARC Focus V8
I MARC Cars Australia Australia MARC Focus V8
I Bruce Henley Australia Mazda RX-8 GT
I Bruce Henley Australia Mazda RX-8 GT

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