Bathurst 24 Hour
The Bathurst 24 Hour was an endurance race held at the Mount Panorama Circuit in 2002 and 2003. Only two 24-Hour races were held before the collapse of the management organisation PROCAR. Both races were won by V8 Supercar team Garry Rogers Motorsport with Holden Monaros.
Classes and Entrants
The Bathurst 24 Hour featured various classes. The entrants were mainly drivers from local racing competitions including the Nations Cup, Super Touring and Carrera Cup competitions. Both the races also had international drivers entering their international cars in the races.
Class A (known as Class 1 in 2002) featured mainly vehicles from the FIA GT Championship and Australian Nations Cup Championship regulations. These were cars such as the Holden Monaro 427C, Mosler MT 900R, Lamborghini Diablo GTR, Ferrari 360 N-GT, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche 911 GT3 RC and a BMW M3 GTR V8. In both times the 24 Hour race was held, the Holden Monaro 427C came out on top.
Class B (known as Class 3 in 2002) comprised entrants from the Nations Cup Group B competition and the Carrera Cup, but there was also a Morgan Aero 8 featured in this class. This class was won on both occasions by a Porsche 993 GT3 S Cup. The 2004 class winning car was driven by Jürgen Alzen, Uwe Alzen, Michael Bartels and Arno Klasen. Another notable car in this class was the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale.
Class D (known as Class 5 in 2002) was mainly entrants from the Australian Super Touring Championship which ran a variety of makes, most of them being from Japanese manufacturers. The entrants had to comply with the following rules: the cars must be GT Performance cars under the price of A$160,000. Entries included HSV Y Series GTS, Ford Falcon GT, Ford Tickford AU Falcon TE50, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII, Subaru WRX, BMW E46 M3, BMW M Coupe, Mazda RX7 and Nissan 350Z.
Class E (known as Class 9 in 2002) featured production cars (mainly from the Production Series which cost under A$90,000). Most of the vehicles are mid-sized vehicles. Entries from various makes include the Toyota Celica, Ford Falcon XR6T, Honda Integra Type R, Honda S2000, Alfa Romeo 156 and both the Holden Commodore VX SS and Holden Commodore VY SS.
Class F (known as Class 10 in 2002) was the final and lowest class of the 5 competing classes and featured FIA-approved Super Production cars, mainly from the lower classes of the Production Series. This class contained the largest variety of vehicles (in terms of manufacturers featured in this class). Class F consisted of Toyota Altezza, Toyota Camry, Mitsubishi Magna, Mitsubishi Mirage, BMW 320i, Alfa Romeo 156 and BMW M3R.
The 2002 Bathurst 24 Hour race was won by Garth Tander, Steven Richards, Cameron McConville and Nathan Pretty, driving a Holden Monaro 427C. 532 laps were completed.
Pole position: John Bowe, Ferrari 360 N-GT: 2:15.0742
The 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race was won by Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly, driving a Holden Monaro 427C. 527 laps were completed.
Pole position: Garth Tander, Holden Monaro 427C: 2:13.2856