March 13, 2016 | General


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HIGH PROFILE names from Australia and New Zealand have been attracted to the 2016 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, with a highly competitive race set for Easter Sunday. Event officials have confirmed a majority of the team and driving squads entered for the March 27 race to be held at the Bathurst Motor Festival, with champion drivers from Australia and New Zealand prominently featuring on the list.Several particularly strong driving combinations will see a host of cars contending for an outright podium finish, while the class battles will be similarly competitive.Of the outright contenders, the No. 20 Alan East Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X to be driven by David Wall and John Bowe looks to be one of the early race favourites.Now racing Porsche Carrera Cup, Wall has extensive experience in Production Car racing whilst Bowe won the first Bathurst 12 Hour race contested for Production Cars in 2007 and is the reigning Touring Car Masters champion.  New Zealand Touring Car champion Simon Evans will link with the experienced Jim Pollicina and John O’Dowd in a similar Mitsubishi while Melbourne father-son combo Rob and Shane Marshall – multiple race winners in Production Cars at a national level – will also likely contend.A three-car attack from CXC Global Racing and double 12-hour winner Rod Salmon, driving a second Melbourne Performance Centre-entered Mitsubishi, also give the Japanese brand more outright victory opportunities.BMWs chances are based around longstanding driver combinations: Orange’s Tim Leahey will join Beric Lynton in the Bruce Lynton BMW 1M while Luke Searle and Barry Graham will again combine in their BMW M135i.’Mr Donut King’ Tony Alford has tabbed Australian GT racer Mark Griffith to co-drive his 1M.Garth Walden is yet to confirm a co-driver for his Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 though has reported strong pace in pre-race testing of the brand-new car.Good stories feature throughout each class: one of the highlights of the A2 (Extreme Performance Normally Aspirated) class fight likely to be the VZ HSV entered by Luke Spalding. The inspirational young man has continued his racing career through Formula 3 and V8 Utes despite battling a rare form of cancer and will fulfil a lifelong dream to race on the Mountain this Easter. Spalding has secured Cameron Kerr and Saloon Car champion Ben Grice as co-pilots for his Bathurst adventure.Class B1 (High Performance – Forced Induction) includes the Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i of Michael Sherrin, Iain Sherrin and David Ayres, fresh off the back of the team’s outright victory in last year’s Australian Manufacturers Championship.Local (Parkes) outfit GWS Motorsport has entered a BMW 130i in class C (Performance) for Peter O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell and James O’Donnell – one of seven combinations entered that includes either father and son or brothers racing in the same car.As well as the Marshalls and the Sherrins, the O’Donnells will also have Bathurst siblings Blake and Kyle Aubin in their class, racing a Renault Megane Sport. Gerry and Leigh Burges will share one of seven Toyota 86s entered in Class D while Declan and Phil Kirkham will drive a Mazda MX-6 in Class E.Meanwhile, Ashley, Dion and Brody Jarvis will share a Ford AU Falcon Saloon Car in Class I (Invitational).The strong entry list also includes Nathan Morcom, an Australian GT frontrunner and a Bathurst Formula 3 race winner, Double Australian GT Champion Mark Eddy and Heritage Touring Cars / Radical champion Ed Singleton.Class Champions from the 2015 NSW Production Touring Cars title also feature heavily, including Dylan Thomas (Class A1), Matthew Holt (A2), Blake Aubin (B1), Geoff Kite (B2), James O’Donnell (C) and Chris Reeves (D).From the national Australian Manufacturers / Production Car championship, 2015 Class A Champion Tony Alford and Class D Champion Andrew Turpie both feature along with the runners up in both those classes.The Bathurst Motor Festival will be held across the March 25-27 Easter long weekend. Sunday’s action, including the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour enduro, will be streamed live via on Easter Sunday, with highlights to air on SBS Speedweek following the race on Sunday, April 10.Tickets and camping are on sale via the Bathurst Motor Festival website with savings available for those booking in advance.The Bathurst Motor Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program.ENTRY LIST:Class A1 – Extreme Performance Forced InductionNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.7Jim PollicinaMocomm Motorsports CommunicationsJim PollicinaNSWSimon EvansNZJohn O’DowdWAMitsubishiLancer EVO X RS20008Jim PollicinaMassel RacingMichael CaineNSWGerry MurphyQLD  MitsubishiLancer EVO X RS200016Oosthuizen MotorsportsCXC GlobalDaniel OosthuizenNSWJacques OosthuizenNSW  MitsubishiLancer EVO VIII RS200620Alan EastWilson Security/Easts Holiday ParksDavid WallQLDJohn BoweTAS  MitsubishiLancer EVO IX RS199721Melbourne Performance CentreMelbourne Performance CentreRod SalmonVICAndrew RichmondVIC  MitsubishiLancer EVO X RS200022Melbourne Performance CentreMelbourne Performance CentreRobert MarshallVICShane MarshallVIC  MitsubishiLancer EVO X RS200045Ronald SearleGWR/Transtar ExpressGarth WaldenNSWTBA   Mercedes BenzA45 AMG200055Anthony AlfordDonut KingTony AlfordQLDMark GriffithQLD  BMWM Coupe (1 Series)300062David SearleRoadchill ExpressLuke SearleNSWBarry GrahamNSW  BMWM135i Hatch F20297968CXC Global RacingCXC Global/CGR PerformanceDylan ThomasNSWTerry NightingaleNSW  MitsubishiLancer EVO IX RS199781Beric LyntonBruce Lynton BMWBeric LyntonQLDTim LeaheyNSW  BMWM Coupe (1 Series)297983CXC Global RacingCXC Global/CGR PerformanceWade ScottVICDuncan HandleyNSW  MitsubishiLancer EVO IX RS199798Adam ProctorAP RacingAdam ProctorNSWMark McHenryNSW  SubaruImpreza WRX Sti2457            Class A2 – Extreme Performance Naturally AspiratedNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.2Stephen HodgesHi-Tec OilsSteve HodgesNSWRobert CoulthardNSW  HoldenVY CSV Monaro Mondo GT566518GTAC RacingGramur StainlessGraeme MuirNSWJamie HodgsonNSWGeoffrey KiteNSWHoldenVE-HSV GTS620038Luke SpaldingLuke Spalding RacingLuke SpaldingQLDCameron KerrQLDBen GriceQLDHoldenVZ-HSV R8 Clubsport570047Heeley MotorsportsV8 SuperlapsBrett HeeleyNSWMatthew HoltNSWJaimie McKinlayNSWHoldenVX-HSV GTS570051DFR Fifth Gear MotoringGoodyear Autocare Phillip/Prime Finance/Fifth Gear MotoringDaniel FlanaganACTMerrick MaloufNSW  HoldenVY-HSV GTS570065Symonds MotorsportSymonds MotorsportTrevor SymondsNSWPaul LaneNSWScott BargwannaNSWHoldenVY-HSV GTS570069Tony ViragTony ViragTony ViragNSWJeremy GrayNSWWarren MillettNSWHoldenVE-HSV GTS6200            Class B1 – High Performance Forced InductionNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.11Direct Plasterboard OutletDirect Plasterboard Outlet (DPO)/Rondo/CSRNathan MorcomNSW    BMW335i E92297919Sherrin Racing Pty LtdSherrin RentalsMichael SherrinQLDIain SherrinQLDDavid AyresQLDBMW135i E82295524WorkhorseCollision/FleetsmartWorkhorse Collision Repairs/Commercial Diesel Fleet ServicesBen KavichNSWMichael KavichNSWKieren PilkingtonNSWSubaruImpreza WRX Sti G-2199427Brett McFarlandBAM RacingBrett McFarlandNSWPeter Green JnrNSW  SubaruImpreza WRX Sti G-2199454Adrian Stefan/BM WestBM WestAdrian StefanWAAshly BarnettWA  BMW335i E925065            Class B2 – High Performance Naturally Aspirated NoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.14GWRGarth WaldenBrian WaldenNSWMichael AuldNSWRichard BloomfieldWAHoldenVE-SV600076TW MotorsportTW MotorsportTroy WilliamsNSWMatthew WindsorNSWJoshua MuggletonNSWHoldenVE-HSV SS601489Scott SullivanMPA ProjectsScott SullivanNSWEdward SingletonNSW  HoldenVY SS5700            Class C – PerformanceNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.4Daniel SugdenFinch FinancialDaniel SugdenNSWJake WilliamsNSWJason HumbleNSWBMWM3 E36 3.0L29985Falcon Fire RacingFalcon Fire ProtectionDoug WestwoodNSWGrant ElliottQLDChad ParrishNSWBMWM3 E36 3.0L300013Osborne MotorsportOsborne MotorsportColin OsborneNSWHadrian MorrallNSW  RenaultMegame RS 265 Trophy RTBA26Peter O’DonnellGWS PersonnelPeter O’DonnellNSWSimon O’DonnellNSWJames O’DonnellNSWBMW130i E87299731Osborne MotorsportOsborne MotorsportScott GoreQLDAdrian MastronardoNSW  RenaultMegane RS 265 Trophy RTBA35Michael SlossRic Shaw RacingRic ShawNSWStephen BornessNSWAndrew BollomNSWMazdaRX-8 RX8A235440Aubin Brothers RacingBathurst RSL/Bathurst Real Estate/Avis BathurstBlake AubinNSWKyle AubinNSW  RenaultMegane RS 265199843Nicholas CoxQuick as a Wink RacingNick CoxACTAdam GoslingNSW  BMW130i E87299688Mark Eddy Racing Pty LtdNetwork Clothing/Dent BusterMark EddyVICFrancois JouyNSW  RenaultMegane RS 2652000            Class D – ProductionNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.3Triple Zero RacingTriple Zero Race Engineering/MasselChris ReevesNSWMark CaineNSW  Toyota86 GTS ZN SER19986Triple Zero RacingLJ Hooket Caboolture/Coe DrillingMichael WedgeQLDSteve HayQLDStephen CoeQLDToyota86 GTS ZN SER19989David MotorsportDavid CroweNSWTrent GrubelNSWAlex VeryinisNSWToyota86 GTS ZN SER199829Geoffrey MoranMarlin RoofingGeoff MoranWAGerry BurgesNSWLeigh BurgesNSWToyota86 GTS ZN SER199839David BaileyAdvanced Gas MaintenanceDavid BaileyNSWMatthew ShylanNSW  Toyota86 GTS ZN SER199850MWM RacingMidWest MultimediaTrevor KeeneNSWDominic MartensNSWJack AtleyNSWMiniCooper S JCW R53159853Healey RacingHealey RacingGraeme HeathNSWPhilip AlexanderNSWJosh HeathNSWToyota86 GTS ZN SER199886Pedders RacingPedders SuspensionGrant PhillipsVICAndrew TurpieVIC  Toyota86 GTS ZN SER199897Gosford European Car ServicesGosford European Car ServicesCarly BlackNSWBarry BlackNSWLeon BlackNSWRenaultClio 1971998            Class E – CompactNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.72Allan JarvisSecure Wealth AdvisorsDaniel HolihanNSWSimon HodgesNSWAndrew CrawshawNSWSuzukiSwift Sport RS416160085Declan KirkhamDeclan Kirkham Racing/Interia Apparel/PiarcDeclan KirkhamVICPhilip KirkhamVIC  MazdaMX6250096Dimitrios AgathosGlossop Tyre Centre/Formaz Parts PlusDimitrios AgathosNSWJames DuckworthNSW  NissasPulsar N151998            Class I – InvitationalNoCompetitorSponsorDriver 1StateDriver 2StateDriver 3StateMakeModelCap.23John McClevertyZedtec EngineeringJohn McClevertyQLDMichael ZackaQLDBradley ZackaQLDFordFalcon AU400032Jarvis RacingLighthouse ElectricalAshley JarvisQLDDion JarvisQLDBrody JarvisQLDFordFalcon AU400067CK CompetitionJuuce/Escape Energy/Scotts RodsLindsay KearnsQLDColeby CowhamQLD  FordFalcon AU4000