EXPECTED CAPACITY GRID FOR ’23 BATHURST 6HR PRODUCTION CAR CLASSIC.

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By Bruce Williams

With registrations open for just over 24 hours, it looks like the 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hours will have a full grid – with 20 entries already received.

The event taking place over the Easter long weekend – April 7-9, 2023, looks to be another classic with early entrants all eager to lock in a starting spot for the 2023 production car classic.

The Hi-Tech Oils 6 Hour race for production cars stands out as Australia’s biggest endurance race is set to be another classic with early interest mirroring that of the oversubscribed 2022 edition.

A capacity field of 70 participants took part in the 2022 event, which was eventually reduced to 63 starters by the time the race began on Easter Sunday.

The Australian Racing Group’s Ken Collier, event director for the Hi-Tech Oils 6 Hours of Bathurst, is encouraged by the level of early interest.

“Once again we have been blown away by the early interest in the Bathurst Hi-Tec Oils 6 Hour – I think I received the first entry less than 10 minutes after it was sent out,” said Collier.

“The stability of the event, the rules, schedule and profile of what has become Bathurst’s new Easter tradition means there is great interest in the race each year.

“As was the case this year, we encourage competitors to submit their forms as soon as possible to avoid possible disappointment later.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we will see another field of capacity at Easter with the wide range of cars, brands, teams and drivers that make the 6 Hours one of the highlights of the calendar every year. .”

In 2022, a record attendance of 18,422 fans over three days saw the BMW M2 competition of Cameron Hill and Thomas Sargent win the race from the last position on the starting grid – the first time in 12 Hours history.

Cameron Hill and Thomas Sargent, winners of the 2022 6 Hours of Bathurst Hi-Tech Oils – BMW M2 Competition

The 2022 race was a record-breaking one, with young star Sargent battling Supercars star Tim Slade (driving Brad Carr’s BMW M3) for the late-race victory before going for the lead with a bold move to Skyline with only a few towers remaining.

It is believed to be the furthest back a Bathurst endurance race winner has started to claim a Bathurst major in the circuit’s 84-year history.

Competition across all classes remained fiercely competitive throughout race day last year, with 49 starters completing the challenging six-hour endurance classic.

Early bird registration is open until December 2 this year, while registration officially closes on March 10, 2023.

The registration form and the 2023 Supplementary Regulations can be downloaded now from the official event website.

The 70-person capacity remains in place for this year with a reserve list in place should entries overshadow the number of places on the grid.

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