New names on the provisional entry list are releasedAlready 40 COMPETITORS confirmed their place in the 12H BATHURST 2013
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New names on the list are released. The provisional entry list include Asian GT Team Craft Eurasia Racing, who have confirmed
their participation with a Ford GT – the first to enter the Bathurst 12 Hour since its move to adopt international GT3 regulations.
Clearwater Racing finished third in 2012 and will return with their Ferrari 458 Italia whilst a trio of Aussie-based Audi R8s are also set
to continue the German brand’s strong representation at the race.
Rod Salmon and Peter Conroy (Audi R8 LMSs) are entered in Class A with former Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy entering his
2009-specification R8 in Class B against a pack of Porsche’s.
Anglo-American team United Autosport have changed their plans, now bringing an Audi R8 LMS Ultra to the race in place of their previously
nominated McLaren’s – which will remain in Europe to prepare for their local racing season.
“To be ready for the start of the 2013 season, the cars (McLarens) will be needed for a full program of testing and development,
something that cannot be achieved whilst the cars are in transit on the high seas,” a United Autosports spokesman said.
“United Autosports are very pleased to announce that they will be bringing their brand new Audi R8 Ultra car to race in Bathurst.
This is a considerable upgrade to the Audi R8 LMS car that the team raced in the 2012 race, with body work, chassis and aerodynamic
enhancements that gives the car greater speed and stability for the challenging Bathurst circuit.”
With the earlier confirmation of defending champions Phoenix Racing’s return, this brings to five the total number of Audi’s hugely
successful R8 model to have been entered.
Fresh from an incredibly strong debut on the domestic GT scene, Roger Lago has also entered his Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 in
the outright class for top-flight GT3 vehicles. A US-based Porsche team, CJ Motorsport, will enter a current-specification GT3 Cup Car
in the hope of giving the Stuttgart brand their first outright Bathurst 12 Hour win in the current era.
The provisional entry list includes 12 international teams.
The class ranks have also been bolstered with several new names to the Bathurst 12 Hour appearing on the list.
Local competitor Darren Berry has entered a British-built Ginetta GT50 in Class C (GT4 vehicles) whilst Sherrin Motorsport has entered
two of their front-running cars from the Australian Manufacturers Championship; their BMW and MINI Cooper S set to take the starter.
Across the invitational classes, the likes of a Kiwi-entered Ford Mustang FR500GT and a unique Nissan Skyline V35 are amongst
a diverse array of cars nominated.
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