The field assembling for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour stands at more than 40 cars, representing 12 different brands.
Teams from Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. are already entered, with more to come, in what is expected to again be a world-class field for the opening round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge season.
While the outright (Class A Pro, Pro/Am and Am) GT3 category is again expected showcase an impressive depth of competition and a variety of teams, drivers and manufacturers, growth in the class battles is also a feature.
Five GT4 cars are already confirmed in the rapidly growing sector for the more production-based GT vehicles, while the invitational class continues to boom, with the endurance specials that are its backbone expected to again be one of the fan favorites and most hotly contested classes.
Early bird entries close at Midnight this Saturday.
“Early interest has been great and we already have the makings of another world-class field for 2018,” Event Director John Casey said. “There are more than 40 cars locked in already, including some that we know will surprise people when they are announced.
“Several major outfits are close to firming their plans and rolling out their announcements over the coming weeks.”
Event organizers have also confirmed a strong response to camping and ticket sales, with camp site sales already up 40 percent on 2017 and the McPhillamy Park and Paddock campgrounds already sold out.
A preliminary entry list for the Feb. 2-4 event is expected to be released in the coming months.