The 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour broke all the important records; most laps, fastest lap, biggest GT3 field, closest finish and largest audience. What a cracker! The problem was always going to be backing it up. Well, guess what! Early indications strongly suggest the 2015 race is destined to be bigger and better in almost every aspect – further consolidating the Liqui-Moly 12-Hour’s reputation as Australia’s greatest endurance race.
Previous champions Erebus will again field a two-car assault, while Mark Coffey, Managing Director of the 2014 champions Maranello Motorsport, tell us, “We’re doing everything possible to repeat what we did last year and we’re confident we have the people and resources to accomplish that.” Audi’s victory in July’s 24-Hours of Spa proves their updates have put them squarely back into contention. Meanwhile, the Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan GT-R and Porsche GT3R teams all have the pace and pedigree to mount a serious challenge.
In line with the 12-Hour’s prominent international stature, there’s increased interest from championship-winning drivers and F1 superstars along with accomplished overseas teams. These include a pair of Ferrari 458s from Spa, class winners AF Corse, Spa outright champions WRT Audi, USA’s Competition Motorsports and Asia’s premier GT team, Absolute Racing. “We are delighted with the number and quality of entries,” says Bathurst 12-Hour promoter James O’Brien. “With other expressions of interest, a 50-plus grid is looking achievable.”
Diversity of machinery is one of the Liqui-Moly 12-Hour’s major strengths; with the heightened international interest, we may well see the Bentley GT3 and Reiter GT3 Camaro join the burgeoning grid. Keeping the outright contenders on their toes is a horde of Class B Porsches, the popular Fiat Abarths and the raucous–sounding Marc Focus V8s. And if all that’s not enough, there’ll be free, live coverage of the full 12 hours on the Seven Network! With Seven’s 50-plus years of motorsport broadcasting experience, combined with the renowned expertise of the Radio LeMans commentary team, the start-to-finish telecast will be almost as good as being trackside. Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, 7th & 8th of February 2015, with Sunday’s telecast kicking off at 5:30am. It’s not to be missed.
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