20 cars already locked for 2023 Bathurst 6 Hour
20 ENTRIES have already been received for the 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour, just one day after entries officially opened.
To be held across the Easter long weekend (7-9 April) next year, the 2023 edition of Australia’s largest endurance race is set to be another classic with early interest mirroring that of the packed 2022 edition.
Early bird entries are open until 2 December this year, while entries officially close on 10 March 2023.
A capacity field of 70 entrants competed in the 2022 event, which was ultimately whittled down to 63 starters by the time the race commenced on Easter Sunday.
The 70-strong capacity remains in place for this year with a reserve list in place should entries eclipse the number of spots on the grid.
The 2022 race was a record-setter, with the BMW M2 Competition of Cameron Hill and Thomas Sargent winning the race from last position on the starting grid – the first time that had been achieved in 6-Hour history.
Young star Sargent battled Supercars star Tim Slade (driving Brad Carr’s BMW M3) for the win late in the race before passing for the lead with a bold move at Skyline with just a few laps remaining.
It is thought to be the furthest back any Bathurst endurance race winner has started to claim a Bathurst major in the circuit’s 84-year history.
Competition throughout the classes remained highly competitive throughout the day, while 49 starters finished the challenging six-hour enduro.
A record three-day attendance of 18,422 attended the 2022 event.
KEN COLLIER – Event Director
“Once again we have been blown away by the early interest in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour – I think I received the first entry from less than 10 minutes after it was sent out,” Collier said.
“The stability of the event, the regulations, the program and the profile of what has become Bathurst’s new Easter Tradition means there’s great interest in the race every year.
“As was the case this year, we’re encouraging competitors to get their forms in as soon as possible to avoid possible disappointment down the road.
“There’s little doubt in my mind that we will see another capacity field next Easter with the wide array of cars, brands, teams and drivers that make the 6 Hour one of the highlights of the calendar each year.”