Six different brands are entered with Audi – mainly courtesy of Melbourne Performance Centre – supplying the largest amount with seven R8 LMS GT3 models. Mercedes-AMG follows closely with six AMG GT3s. At a distance with three cars total, Porsche is represented by one GT3R model and two GT3 Cup versions of the 991.2 . Two different MARC Cars Australia entries have been lodged: one MARC II V8 and one MARC II Mustang. Both will race in the Invitational class where they meet the single KTM X-Bow GT2. Rounding out the field is Lamborghini, with one Huracán GT3 to complete the GT3 Pro-Am class.
Few of the international teams return to Mount Panorama for the return of the 12 Hour, however, the winner of the most recent edition is back: Jules Gounon has since moved from Bentley to Mercedes-AMG and is racing the SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a hopeful return to the top step of the podium. 2020 Silver Cup and Australian Endurance Championship round winner Fraser Ross cannot be missed from the grid either and sharing the Melbourne Performance Centre-entered Coinspot Audi R8 LMS GT3 with Liam Talbot and all-round top gunner Chaz Mostert will be an outright contender. It seems likely that Mostert will have to content with his 2021 Bathurst 1000 co-winner Lee Holdsworth, however, as Holdsworth steps aboard the Hallmarc Audi – another entry by Melbourne Performance Centre – alongside Marc Cini and Dean Fiore.
The 2021 edition marks the 19th running of the Bathurst 12 Hour. On the line is the Australian Tourist Trophy, one of the country’s oldest prizes, as well as valuable points for both the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge Australia. First track action is scheduled for Friday 13 May.