Mount Panorama is calling. Next weekend (3rd to 5th February), BMW M Team WRT will make its first official appearance together with BMW M Motorsport at Bathurst, Australia. The team, led by principal Vincent Vosse, will be competing in the classic Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race at the Mount Panorama Circuit with two BMW M4 GT3s. A strong line-up with six BMW M works drivers will alternate in the cockpits of the two cars.
DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), Dries Vanthoor (BEL) and Charles Weerts (BEL) will be sharing driving duties in the #32 Shell BMW M4 GT3 at Bathurst. Augusto Farfus (BRA), Maxime Martin (BEL) and Valentino Rossi (ITA) will be competing in the #46 BMW M4 GT3. To prepare for the Bathurst 12 Hours, BMW M Team WRT raced at the 24H Dubai (UAE) in mid-January. The dress rehearsal with the BMW M4 GT3 was a great success with the team celebrating a win and third place on the podium. Vanthoor was part of the crew in the victorious BMW M4 GT3, while Rossi and Martin claimed third place with their driver team-mates.
BMW M Motorsport Partner Shell is also providing technical support at Bathurst. Shell-produced oils will be used for the complete powertrain in both BMW M4 GT3s.
The race weekend at Bathurst begins with the free practice session on Friday. Qualifying and the Top 10 shootout will take place on Saturday. The 12-hour race starts on Sunday at 5:45 local time. The Bathurst 12 Hours is the season-opener for the Intercontinental GT Challenge 2023, which also features the Kyalami 9 Hour (RSA) on the schedule for the third weekend in February and the 24h Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) at the end of July.