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Bronze Class Added to GT3 Ranks for Bathurst 12H

Class for all-Bronze driving crews added to GT3 ranks of next year’s IGTC season-opener…

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A category purely for Bronze-ranked drivers will be added to the class structure of the 2023 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, organizer Supercars has confirmed.

The addition comes off the back of feedback from current and prospective entrants for both the 2023 race and moving forward beyond next year.

The class will be for GT3 entries with either three or four drivers, all ranked Bronze in the FIAs driver ranking system.

The Bronze class will add to the various categories within the broader Class A, GT3 competition.

That is divided into Pro, Pro-Am (for combinations including at least one Bronze-ranked driver) and Silver (where all drivers must be categorized Silver or Bronze).

Multiple entries have already been received for all three categories, indicating a strong mix of competition within the broader GT3 field.

Additional classes for Porsche GT3 Cup Cars, GT4 vehicles and Invited vehicles remain as previously announced.

Other minor changes to the sporting and technical regulations communicated to teams on Thursday include a refinement to the Balance of Performance requirements – in line with SRO regulations – regarding minimum driver weight, to better equalize competition and BoP across each class.

Driver weights are already factored into the BoP of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.

“We have worked hard on improving communication with competitors, both prospective and current, this year and feedback we received on the 2023 Sporting and Technical Regulations is that there would be interest in the addition of a category for all-Bronze ranked combinations,” Bathurst 12 Hour Event Director Shane Rudzis explained.

“It’s a relatively easy change to make and falls in line with other GT3 endurance races around the world. If it helps even one or two more teams make the decision to join the race this year or in the future, then it’s worthwhile.

“The signs are great for good competition across every class this year.”

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