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Record GT3 field for 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour

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Record GT3 field for 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour
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Jan 6, 2020, 9:35 PM

A record field of 34 GT3 cars, covering 11 different makes, will contest the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour at the end of the month.

There are currently 40 cars entered for the Intercontinental GT Challenge opener, with the potential for more to be added ahead of action kicking off on January 31.

The 40-car field already includes 34 Class A entries, an event-high since GT3 regulations were adopted a decade ago.

There will also be an event-high number of brands represented, with the 11 different models featuring debuts for the latest Aston Martin Vantage GT3, McLaren 720S GT3, Honda NSX GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo and the 2019-spec Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The factory Porsches will be split between reigning winner Earl Bamber Motorsport and Bathurst debutant Absolute Racing, while the Lamborghini Squadra Corse-backed Orange 1 FFF Racing Team will also make its first Mount Panorama appearance with a sole Huracan GT3.

Other single Pro entries include JAS Motorsport giving the Honda NSX GT3 its Bathurst debut, and AF Engineering doing likewise with the McLaren 720S along with a Class A Silver entry.

KCMG returns with a pair of Nissans, Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW), R-Motorsport (Aston Martin) and Bentley Team M-Sport will all field two Pro cars, and Audi Sport Team Valvoline expands to three all-Pro entries. 

Gruppe M will run two Pro Mercedes as Triple Eight expands its operation to include a Pro AMG and a Pro-Am AMG.

“This is a field as competitive and deep as any GT race in the world and represents the truly global nature of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour," said event manager Kurt Sakzewski. 

"As we saw in 2019, we think this field represents a great balance between having a strong field and depth to have a clean and highly-competitive race. 

“Teams from Asia, Europe, North America and of course Australia will participate and will represent 11 different GT3 manufacturers for the first time in the history of the event. The addition of the Honda NSX, in particular, has attracted enormous attention while the addition of the latest-generation cars we’ve yet to see at Bathurst will make for a very different looking grid this year.

“We are still fielding enquiries from teams putting programmes together so there is every chance that this list will grow further prior to the event.”

Switching Class B from Porsche Carrera Cup to Lamborghini Super Trofeo is yet to yield an entry, with the non-GT3 field currently limited to a pair of GT4s in Class C and a quartet of V8-powered MARC cars in the Invitational class.

Bathurst 12 Hour entry list:

Class

#

Team

Manufacturer

Car

CLASS A PRO

1

Earl Bamber Motorsport

Porsche

GT3 R

CLASS A PRO

2

Audi Sport Team Valvoline

Audi

R8 - LMS GT3

CLASS A PRO

7

Bentley Team M-Sport

Bentley

Continental GT3

CLASS A PRO

8

Bentley Team M-Sport

Bentley

Continental GT3

CLASS A PRO

18

KCMG

Nissan GTR

Nismo GT3

CLASS A PRO

22

Audi Sport Team Valvoline

Audi

R8 - LMS GT3

CLASS A PRO

27

Hub Auto Racing

Ferrari

488 GT3

CLASS A PRO

30

J.A.S Motorsport s.r.l (Honda Racing)

Honda

NSX GT3

CLASS A PRO

32

Walkenhorst Motorsport

BMW

M6 GT3

CLASS A PRO

34

Walkenhorst Motorsport

BMW

M6 GT3

CLASS A PRO

35

KCMG

Nissan GTR

Nismo GT3

CLASS A PRO

60

AF Engineering Pty Ltd

McLaren

720S GT3

CLASS A PRO

62

R - Motorsport

Aston Martin

Vantage AMR GT3

CLASS A PRO

63

Orange 1 FFF Racing Team

Lamborghini

Huracan GT3

CLASS A PRO

76

R - Motorsport

Aston Martin

Vantage AMR GT3

CLASS A PRO

77

Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS A PRO

222

Audi Sport Team Valvoline

Audi

R8 - LMS GT3

CLASS A PRO

888

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS A PRO

911

Absolute Racing

Porsche

GT3 R

CLASS A PRO

912

Absolute Racing

Porsche

GT3 R

CLASS A PRO

999

Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS A PRO AM

4

Grove Motorsport Pty Ltd

Porsche

GT3 R

CLASS A PRO AM

9

Marc Cini 

Audi

R8 - LMS GT3

CLASS A PRO AM

12

Earl Bamber Motorsport

Porsche

GT3 R

CLASS A PRO AM

29

Trofeo Motorsport

Lamborghini

Huracan GT3

CLASS A PRO AM

75

Kenny Habul 

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS A PRO AM

188

Garage 59

Aston Martin

Vantage AMR GT3

CLASS A PRO AM

777

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS A SIL

6

Wall Racing

Lamborghini

Huracan GT3

CLASS A SIL

24

Tony Bates Racing Pty Ltd

Audi

R8 - LMS GT3

CLASS A SIL

59

AF Engineering Pty Ltd

McLaren

720S GT3

CLASS A SIL

96

Brett Hobson

Nissan

GT-R NISMO GT3

CLASS A SIL

159

Garage 59

Aston Martin

Vantage AMR GT3

CLASS A SIL

TBA

TBA

Mercedes AMG

GT3

CLASS C GT4

13

Daren Jorgensen

BMW

M4 GT4

CLASS C GT4

TBA

TBA

TBA

TBA

INV

20

Adam Hargraves

MARC

II

INV

91

Ryan McLeod

MARC

II

INV

92

Ryan McLeod

MARC

II

INV

95

Geoffrey Taunton

   
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