Written by Bruce Williams

With entries open for just over 24 hours, it looks like the 2023 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hours will have a full grid with 20 entries already received.

The event, which will take place over the Easter long weekend – 7-9 April 2023, looks set to be another classic with everyone wanting to lock in the first entries for the 2023 classic car launch.

The Hi-Tech Oils 6 Hour Race for Production Cars stands out as Australia’s biggest endurance race is set to be another classic with early interest reflecting interest in the oversubscribed 2022 edition.

The 2022 competition had 70 entries, eventually whittled down to 63 by the time the race started on Easter Sunday.

Australian Racing Group’s Ken Collier – Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour Competition Director is inspired by the early level of interest.

“Once again we’ve been blown away by the early interest in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour – I think I got the first entry in less than 10 minutes after it was sent in,” Collier said.

“The stability of the event, the regulations, the program and the profile of what has become Bathurst’s new Easter tradition means that there is great interest in the race every year.

“As this year, we encourage participants to get in shape as soon as possible to avoid possible disappointment later on.

“I have no doubt that next Easter we will see another field of power with a wide range of cars, brands, teams and drivers making the 6 Hours a highlight of the calendar every year.”

In 2022, a three-day record attendance of 18,422 fans witnessed the BMW M2 Competition win, with Cameron Hill and Thomas Sargent winning the race from last on the grid for the first time in the 12 Hours’ history.

2022 Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour Winners Cameron Hill & Thomas Sargent – ​​BMW M2 Competition

The 2022 race was a record-breaking one, with young star Sargent battling Supercars star Tim Slade (driving Brad Carr’s BMW M3) for the win late in the race before handing over the lead with a bold move on Skyline with a few laps to go.

It is believed to be the furthest winner of the Bathurst Endurance Race to start a claim for the Bathurst Major in the course’s 84-year history.

Competition in all classes remained very competitive throughout last year’s race day, with 49 competitors starting in the challenging six-hour endurance classic.

Early bird entries are open until December 2 this year, with entries officially closing on March 10, 2023.

The form of record and 2023 Additional provisions can be downloaded from the official website of the event.

The 70-person capacity remains in place this year, with a reserve list in place should sign-ups eclipse the number of slots available on the grid.

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