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Post Number:#1  Postby gmontrack » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:48 am

Just got back from the Bathurst Easter event where I had a meeting with Mr O'Brien (promoter of both events) regarding IPRA running at Bathurst in 2014 at the 12 hour event.
The 12 hour event has now become one of the major motor sporting events here in Australia and is also seen internationally as a "must do event" like other enduro events in the world, like Nurburg 24hr, Sepang, Spa, La Mans etc.

The IPRA category has been on the support program for the last 5 years and generaly we have had close to full grids in those 5 years.

In 2014 the support card is looking like being very small as the promoters are planning at giving the 12hr cars maximum track time which means less supports maybe only 3 categorys.

IP currrently has an opition to once again be on the support program with us running a two race format (2 x 10 laper's) plus the usaul practice and qlf sessions which is what we did this year. I have also been able to secure the pit area down behind the main garage complex which we have been in for the last two years. The promoter was looking at opening this whole area to the 12hr teams but has agreed to alow us to stay.

As this event is a very costly exercise for IP and once we sign the deal we are locked in, I would like to firstly try and get some feed back as to how popular this event is with IP members around the country.

I need to get an idea how many think this event is important for IP to be at and want to keep it on the calendar.
Would they want to still run with the two race format?


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Post Number:#2  Postby Intune » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:02 pm

I'm in next year no matter what the conditions are.
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Post Number:#3  Postby kyle46 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:08 pm

That's great news Gary. Not a fan of the 2 x 10 lap format,prefer to see 3 x6 lappers.
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Post Number:#4  Postby The Zork » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:05 pm

One of the great events and important to IP. =D>

I like the format as of this year. With long safety car sessions at the track, a shorter than 10 lap race is likely to be finished under a safety car.

I'm in again Gary :D
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Post Number:#5  Postby harerace » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:46 pm

I will be in definately, happy with any format. Cheers
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Post Number:#6  Postby Born Again Racer » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:43 pm

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Post Number:#7  Postby Gridfilla » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:10 pm

Thanks but no thanks from the Gridfilla camp. Good luck to those that do go.
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Post Number:#8  Postby Notso Swift » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:22 pm

Absolutely, my car is right and I will be there with bells on
Yes, 3 shorter races would be better and indeed would see more cars able to participate, a better show for everyone, but even if it is only 2 races I will do everything I can to be there
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Post Number:#9  Postby WHR » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:32 pm

I am also in, cant wait to have my first run at the mountain, looking forward to it. :D :D :D
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Post Number:#10  Postby RoyBoy302 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:42 pm

Gary ,

If I still have my car , count me in !
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Post Number:#11  Postby no-cams » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:45 pm

I believe it is a great showcase for the class. It certainly Is on my bucket list to do next year ......
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Post Number:#12  Postby morerevsm3 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:49 pm

I did Australian hillclimb championship there mainly to learn that part of the track, for when I go and do this event, I can concentrate on the downhill part, now all I need is the car to be right, and have 5k available at the right time to be able to go
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Post Number:#13  Postby CordiaT » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:03 pm

Well done Gary. Event is good for IPRA. I will be in again
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Post Number:#14  Postby djs325 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:47 pm

I will beg, borrow or build a car to run again. After cutting laps at speed on A050s in the E30 with NSW PTCs at Easter, I WANT BACK IN!
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Post Number:#15  Postby PR » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:49 am

Gary, this event is a showcase for IP. I definately think it should continue.
I'll be there $ permitting.
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Post Number:#16  Postby IPRA . Rotor » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:27 pm

Gary, This will be a priority next year for me.

Will be there barring any major problems.

Thank you for your efforts.

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Post Number:#17  Postby Eurotrash » Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:02 pm

djs325 wrote:I will beg, borrow or build a car to run again. After cutting laps at speed on A050s in the E30 with NSW PTCs at Easter, I WANT BACK IN!

I had better come along in the 130i to keep Dave honest!!!


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Post Number:#18  Postby sprinter » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:53 pm

Im in for next year , 3 races would be much better if we could do it .
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Post Number:#19  Postby RX4some » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:14 pm

I will have a crack
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Post Number:#20  Postby paddy77h » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:40 pm

its a great chance to show the class off at one of the best tracks we have to offer, keep it going as long as possible, I am busting to get up there next year but will have to see how it all goes
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