Organizers of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour have revealed a 43-car entry for the 2019 edition of the Australian endurance classic on February 3, which will also serve as the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.
The A class reserved for GT3 cars features 28 cars, some of which will also be nominated to score Intercontinental GT Challenge points. Those teams are set to be revealed in late January once the final list of registered manufacturers is confirmed. The remaining 15 entries are split between classes B (cup cars), C (GT4) and I (Marc Car).
Following the Bathurst race, the Intercontinental GT Challenge moves across the Pacific to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the California 8 Hours on March 31. Subsequent rounds include the Total 24 Hours of Spa at the end of July, Suzuka 10 Hours in August and South Africa’s Kyalami 9 Hour – due to run for the first time since 1982 – which closes out the 2019 schedule in November.
Audi, Bentley, BMW and Porsche have already publicly confirmed their Intercontinental GT Challenge entries, while others are expected to be named in January.
Bathurst’s grid will feature a record-equaling 10 different GT3 manufacturers, with Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Nissan also competing alongside the already confirmed Intercontinental GT Challenge cast.