Ex-Supercars with a V8 Touring Car logbook – that currently compete in the Dunlop Super3 Series – will be eligible to join cars from MARC Cars Australia and ‘GTC’ Sports Cars, from one-make categories including the Ferrari Challenge, Lamborghini Trofeo Supercup and Audi R8 Cup, in this year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The additional eligibility is understood to be made in an effort to boost the grid for this year’s postponed May 13-15 enduro, which has been struggling for GT3 entries.
The move is also not without precedent. Touring Car privateer Mal Rose paired up with Aaron Tebb and Adam Wallis to power his ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport VZ Commodore to 12th place overall finish and the Invitational category win in the 2013 race.
Rose had campaigned his car internationally, including in the Sepang 12 Hour and Nürburgring 24, and had long harbored an ambition to compete in the 12-Hour with the machine.
V8 Touring Cars currently compete under the Super3 banner alongside the Dunlop Super2 Series in the feeder series for the Repco Supercars Championship.
Eligible cars are pre-‘Car of the Future’ Holden Commodores (up to VEII) and Ford Falcons (FG).
The addition of the cars to the Bathurst 12 Hour eligibility list comes with the support of V8 Touring Cars’ Category Managers, ARG, and Supercars.