Bathurst 12 Hour – an amazing race, and it is both a fantastic and brutal track

The 2014 edition of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is the biggest in event history; never before have so many highly regarded international teams and drivers dared to tackle the once-around-the-clock classic. It’s an international endurance race, for performance and production cars, at the spiritual home of Australian motor sport.

A fantastic day racing in the Bathurst 12H 2014

A fantastic day racing in the Bathurst 12H 2014

Mount Panorma is the top race track in Australia, and one of the best anywhere in the world. Bathurst is a breathtaking mixture of high speed straights, and tight, twisting, blind corners. A new track surface for 2014 means that the late Allan Simonsen’s 2:04.95 lap record from 2012 will most likely fall.

Six different classes of cars — A, B, C, D, F, and I — competed in the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour. Class A, also referred to as GT3 Outright, is for the newest GT3-spec cars that will fight for overall victory. I raced in Class D, the largest of the invitational classes, is for cars with 3001cc+ with Motorsport Services (New Zealand). It was the first time I have raced a front wheel drive car (a 400HP Seat Leon Supercopa) with sequential “paddle shift” and dedicated left foot braking. It was an amazing race, and it is both a fantastic and brutal track. We got hit a couple of times, lost aero and other body work, got doused in fire extinguisher stuff, and still came third in our and 23rd overall.

A fantastic crazy day.

Look at the cars in this class. A Seat Leon Supercopa? An old M3-GTR? An Australian reproduction of the Shelby Daytona Coupe? Sure, why not? This was certainly fun to race and I’m sure to watch because it’s such a hodgepodge of cars.

7 – Maximum Motorsport – Subaru WRX Sti
22 – GT Radial / Radio Hauraki – Seat Leon Supercopa
28 – GWS Personnel – BMW 335i
42 – Motorline BMW – BMW E46 M3-GTR
65 – Daytona Sportscars – Daytona Sportscar Coupe
66 – Motorsport Services Limited – Seat Leon Supercopa
97 – Mortimer Motorsports – BMW M3 E92

See for yourself –

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