Performance car and racing enthusiasts are being blessed with another great Bathurst motorsport weekend. A 12 hour Showroom Enduro at Mt Panorama over the Easter Weekend is part of the new Bathurst International Motor Festival. This looks like being a fantastic race as it harks back to the original spirit of Bathurst and the days when they used to race virtually showroom stock cars.
Manufacturers from around the world are showing their support including the top six selling manufacturers in Australia. The field will include the following models just to name a few, with at least 11 manufacturers expected to be represented;
Subaru Impreza WRX
Holden Astra VXR Coupe
Holden Astra CDTi
FPV F6 Typhoon
Alfa Romeo 159 2.4 JTD
Mazda 3 MPS
Drivers include Chris Atkinson, Cody Crocker, Grant Denyer and Neil Crompton. There will be at least a dozen drivers with V8 Supercar experience.
Other features on the weekend include Historic Touring Car racing, Commodore Cup cars and the GT Championship cars.
I have heard that camping is not being allowed on the Mountain which will take some of the gloss off the weekend for the die-hards but it should still be a great weekend of racing.
What appears to be seriously lacking is television coverage with a 2hr highlight on Channel 9 being about the extent of it. Information regarding all aspects of the event can be found at the BIMF home page.