Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bathurst 12 Hour: Strong Audi entry count up to six cars - Five Audi R8 LMS ultra entries

By Johan Laubscher

The latest entry list for the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour was released today. With one hundred days to go until the event the entry list has exceeded fifty cars.

The original count of five Audi entries has been upped to six in total so far, five of which are Audi Sport customer racing Audi R8 LMS ultra entries.

The additional entry is that of EVA Racing, the 2012 specification Audi R8 LMS ultra of Peter Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Racing Services. Thus far it is known that Peter Fitzgerald and Michael Almond will be two of the drivers behind the wheel.

They will be competing alongside five more Audi R8 LMS ultra entries. Melbourne Performance Centre will be out in force with their customers at Bathurst once again. They will be running three 2013 specification Audi R8 LMS ultra cars, all of which were upgraded during the course of 2014.

The first MPC entry is the R8 LMS ultra owned by Mark Eddy and Marc Cini, which was last seen at the 2014 Sepang 12 Hours in Malaysia. The second entry is the newly repaired Audi R8 LMS ultra of Rod Salmon which suffered weekend-ending damage during qualifying at the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour, he will be joined by Nathan Antunes. The third entry is that of Steve McLaughlan, who also had his Audi upgraded to 2013 specification following accident damage in the Australian GT Championship.

United Autosport will also be returning to Mount Panorama with their 2012 specification Audi R8 LMS ultra. The Bathurst 12 Hour has been a regular feature on the Anglo-American team’s schedule in recent years.

The sixth Audi on the grid is in Class D, the production car classed Audi TT RS run by Performance Parts and Engineering (PPE). The car made its debut in Class A of the 2014 Australian Manufacturers Championship with Glyn Crimp and Matthew Cherry behind the wheel. The car is entered under the name of Kintyre Motorsport.

Audi entries as of 30 October 2014:

Class A:
Marc Cini (MPC) - 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra
United Autosports - 2012 Audi R8 LMS ultra
Rod Salmon (MPC) - 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra
Steve McLaughlan (MPC) - 2013 Audi R8 LMS ultra
Eva Racing (Fitzgerald Racing Services) - 2012 Audi R8 LMS ultra

Class D:
Kintyre Motorsport (PPE) - Audi TT RS

The provisional entry list can be seen HERE

The 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour will be taking place from 6-8 February.

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