Andy San wrote:And this is where the problem lies Gary, Just because someone hasn't raced at Bathurst before it doesn't make them a rookie with zero experience at racing.
History has shown that even the most experienced guys can make mistakes all on their own, such as Ray a couple of years ago.
CAMS recognises that Bathurst is different (eg; no P platers). At 6+k's it's a long complex circuit with lots of tricky situations, blind crests and corners, limited visibility, lack of run off areas in many high speed places and often big consequences for a small error. Over the years I have known plenty of drivers that were good at other circuits but hopeless at Bathurst. A multi times Bathurst 1000 Champion told me that it took him over 100 laps to get anywhere near a good lap and he still reckons he's never done a perfect one.
My point of view, is that just because someone has done, say, 30 races at Wakefield Park doesn't mean he/she is going to be OK at Bathurst. IMHO the selection criteria needs to be much more comprehensive than doing OK at one or two circuits over a couple of years. I know it's harsh but sometimes the good of the many for many years exceeds the good of a few for one year.
My advice to anyone who wanted to run in the IP Bathurst Challenge has always been to race at as many different circuits as possible. Build a resume, including if possible running at Bathurst at the Easter meeting. That way a decent case can be mounted for getting an entry.