CHALLENGE BATHURST ENTRIES GET SET TO OPEN
ANOTHER sold-out weekend of competition at Mount Panorama is possible when the annual Challenge Bathurst Event returns this 28 November to 1 December.
The full capacity of 435 entry spaces is expected to be filled rapidly following entries opening for previous competitors next Wednesday, 3 July.
Organisers have confirmed entry fees remain at 2018 prices, while streamlined check-in and scrutineering processes will help make the at-track experience even better for competitors.
The popular Challenge Bathurst format will remain in place this year, with ‘Sprint’ and ‘Regularity’ competition spread across the four days.
“We are urging competitors to enter quickly because we expect spots in both the Sprint and Liqui-Moly Regularity components to fill quickly,” said Event Director, James O’Brien.
“Challenge Bathurst has quickly grown to become the best way for drivers from all walks of life to tackle the Mountain, be it a factory GT car and driver chasing lap times, or a relative newcomer looking to test themselves against the clock in the regularity.”
Several milestones will be celebrated this year, including the addition of the Pirelli Australian GT SuperSprint for the first time – the category to host a full grid of cars within the Sprint component (28-29 November) of the event.
160 spaces are available across the Sprint categories, with the AGT competition in particular expected to be thrilling as competitors return to chase the fastest ever lap at Mount Panorama.
The Pirelli GT competitors will tackle three, 60-minute sessions and an additional 40-minute session while the remaining three groups of Sprint competitors will enjoy eight, 20-minute sessions across Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile. The Z Car Club of Queensland will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the storied brand, with 55 competitors driving ‘Z’ cars set to tackle the Mountain in the Liqui-Moly Regularity on Saturday and Sunday.
The club will field a full group of ‘Z’ cars which, when added to by a further 30-plus Datsun and Nissan entries, will likely see the Japanese brand eclipse Porsche (with an expected 70 representations) as the most numerous brand on the Mountain this November.
The Liqui-Moly Regularity is expected to sell-out the full quota of 275 spots quickly, with each group to enjoy six, 20-minute sessions across the weekend.
Spectator entry will remain free of charge for those wishing to check out the cars on-track this year.
Further information about the event and details on how to enter can be found at www.challengebathurst.com