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Trevor Collett | Jan, 21 2014 | 5 Comments

There's just 19 days until the 2014 Bathurst 12-Hour gets underway, and final entries and driver combinations are being locked in this week.

Actor and part-time motorsport competitor, Eric Bana, yesterday teased an announcement about this year’s race, before confirming today that he will line up on the grid in a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3.

Marking his third start in the 12-Hour, Bana will be joined by drivers Peter Hill and Simon Middleton in the FXD Workwear-branded car.

“I can’t wait to get back to the circuit, the car is fantastic to drive and the thought of competing once again with a couple of mates at this event is very exciting,” Bana said.

“I am thrilled that my calendar has allowed me to once again test myself at one of the world’s most demanding circuits. We are there to have some serious fun amongst an incredible line up of international A-level endurance teams and drivers.”

Bana may be on the grid for the 2015 event as well, with newly-retired Formula 1 driver Mark Webber hinting late last year that himself, Bana and Olympic rowing champion James Tomkins would compete together in next year’s 12-Hour.

The V8 Supercar circus will be well represented at this year’s 12-Hour, with past and present drivers including Greg Murphy and Jason Bright, along with Will Davison and Maro Engel.

Davison and Engel will both line up for Erebus Motorsport, as the team seeks to replicate its success from the 2013 event.

Other high-profile drivers expected to make the grid include John Bowe, Craig Lowndes and Mika Salo in a Ferrari F458 Italia GT3.

Aside from the Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari entries we’ve come to expect at the 12-Hour, a few cars will be making their first appearances at ‘The Mountain’ this year.

A McLaren MP4-12C is scheduled to start in Class A, along with the previously confirmed Nissan GT3-spec Nismo GT-R, with Rick Kelly as lead driver.

The 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be held at the Mount Panorama circuit from February 7, with the race set to start at 06:15 on February 9.


 

IVAN STIBBARD PASSES AWAY, AGED 76

Motorsport personality, Ivan Stibbard, has passed away on the Gold Coast after a long battle with illness, aged 76.

To casual motorsport observers, Stibbard will best be remembered as the man who appeared on television to declare that two Bathurst 1000 events would not run their full distances.

A race-ending pile-up on top of Mount Panorama saw the race called short in 1981, while ‘the big wet’ of 1992 brought out the red flag again, before driver Jim Richards gave his now famous podium speech.

Ivan Stibbard announces the declaration of the 1981 Bathurst 1000
Ivan Stibbard announces the declaration of the 1981 Bathurst 1000

 
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