After Daytona and Dubai, the twelve-hour race in Bathurst, Australia is the third major long-distance race of the season. On the Mount Panorama Circuit in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the Walkinshaw GT3 team will field a Porsche 911 GT3 R on 5 February with factory backing from Porsche Motorsport. The customer sports racer kicked off the 2017 motorsport season with a convincing double victory at Dubai and celebrated its first success at Daytona, last weekend. In Bathurst, it will tackle the Class A-GT3 Pro-Pro against strong opposition from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Nissan. At the twelve-hour race in the state of New South Wales, 56 vehicles from 14 automobile manufacturers will compete in six different categories. No less than 14 Porsches will be competing in this event, and they include: 911 GT3 R, 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the world’s most spectacular sports car races and the first round of the 2017 Intercontinental GT Challenge. The Mount Panorama Circuit on the outskirts of Bathurst, 200 kilometres west of Sydney, sits at an altitude of 670 metres and is regarded as the ‘Home of Australian Motor Racing.’ One of the peculiarities of the race, inaugurated in 1991, is that the start takes place in the dark at 5.45 in the morning.
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