Bathurst 6 Hour set for record 66-car field



Bathurst 6 Hour organisers are expecting a record field to start this year’s race, with 66 cars officially entered for the second running of the Easter weekend event.

The Production Car race needs 64 starters to eclipse the unofficial highest entry for an endurance event at Mount Panorama, and has a decent chance of doing so with 66 cars officially entered for this year’s race.

The number could still grow, too, with a number of entries received but not yet paid for. The final cutoff for payment is this Friday.

Still, should all 66 cars take the start it will be the biggest field ever at Mount Panorama. The record currently stands at 63, first set for the 1969 Hardie Ferodo 500, then matched for the 1978 Hardie Ferodo 1000 and the 1984 James Hardie 1000.

In 1971 70 cars attempted to qualify for the Hardie Ferodo 500, but only 61 made the start. In 1970 and 1976 there were 67 cars entered for Bathurst, but only 60 were official starters.

“Whilst we would be delighted to set a record grid for an endurance race at Mount Panorama, the massive growth of the field is the most pleasing aspect,” Event Director James O’Brien said.

“The reaction from Production Car competitors has been outstanding – they have quickly embraced this chance to compete for their own Bathurst victory.”

The 66 cars entered for the 2017 six-hour race are spread over seven classes, with 22 cars in Class A1 (Extreme Performance/Forced Induction).

Overall there will be 17 brands represented by more than 30 different models, with BMW, Mitsubishi, Audi, Ford, Subaru, Mercedes-AMG, Holden, Renault, Alfa-Romeo, Mazda, Toyota, Kia, Honda, Nissan, Eunos, MINI and Hyundai set to all be on the grid.

2017 Bathurst 6 Hour Entry List

Class Entrant Car Model
A1 Adam Wallis BMW M Coupe (1 Series)
A1 Alan East Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX GSR
A1 Anthony Alford Audi TTRS 8J
A1 Barry Morcom Ford Focus RS LZ
A1 Beric Lynton BMW M Coupe (1 Series)
A1 David Searle BMW M135i Hatch F20
A1 Dylan Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Dylan Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX RS
A1 FullGas Racing Subaru Impreza WRX Sti V-1
A1 James Abela Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-4
A1 Jeremy Gray Ford FGII GT-F
A1 Jim Pollicina Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Jim Pollicina Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Keltic Racing Ford Focus RS LZ
A1 Melbourne Performance Centre Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Peter Conroy Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Peter Major Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X RS
A1 Robert Woods Mercedes Benz A45 AMG
A1 Roderick Salmon Mercedes Benz A45 AMG
A1 Ronald Searle Mercedes Benz A45 AMG
A1 Sherrin Racing BMW M4 F82
A2 Daniel Clift Holden VZ-HSV R8 Clubsport
A2 Daniel Flanagan Holden VY2-HSV GTS
A2 Graeme Muir Holden VE-HSV GTS
A2 Steve Hodges Holden VY CSV Monaro Mondo GT
A2 Trevor Symonds Holden VY-HSV GTS
       
B1 Adrian Stefan BMW 335i E92
B1 ASAP Racing BMW 135i E82
B1 Barry Morcom BMW 335i E92
B1 Ben Kavich Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B1 Brett McFarland Subaru Impreza WRX Sti G-2
B2 Anthony Soole BMW M3 E36 3.2L
B2 Garth Walden Holden VE SSV-Redline
B2 Joe Krinelos Holden VF SSV Redline CL
B2 Troy Williams Holden VE SSV-Redline
       
C Blake Aubin Renault Megane RS 265
C Colin Osborne Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R
C Colin Osborne Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy R
C David Raddatz Alfa Romeo Gulietta QV
C Doug Westwood BMW M3 E36 3.0L
C Garry Mennell BMW 130i E87
C Michael Sloss Mazda RX-8 RX8A
C Nicholas Cox BMW 130i E87
C Peter O’Donnell BMW 130i E87
       
D Chris Reeves Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Christopher Manley Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Conroy Motorsport Kia Proceed GT
D Daniel Williams Toyota Camry
D David Bailey Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D David Baker Honda Integra Type R
D David Crowe Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Declan Kirkham Mazda MX6 GE 2.5
D Graeme Heath Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Grant Phillips Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D James Vernon Toyota 86 GTS ZN SER
D Jordan Cox Nissan Pulsar N15
D Philip Kirkham Eunos 30X
D Trevor Keene Mini Cooper S JCW R53
       
I Ashley Jarvis Ford Falcon AU
I Bradley Carr Ford Falcon AU
I Coleby Cowham Ford Falcon AU
I John McCleverty Ford Falcon AU
I Luke Andersen Ford Falcon AU
I Scott Stephenson Hyundai Excel X3
I Warren Trewin Holden Commodore VT