THE FIRST international team to visit the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will return with a strong three-car attack that will add spice to the all-Porsche class B next year.
New Zealand-based Motorsport Services first arrived at Bathurst in 2010 and has returned every year since, first with BMWs in the Production Car era and later with Porsche GT3s and SEATs as the race grew into the multi-class GT affair it is today.
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The team, based near Auckland at the Hampton Downs circuit, has entered three Porsche GT3s in Class B (GT3 Cup) for 2015. Their entries – and others received - take to 45 the confirmed grid for the 2015 race following the addition of several key outright and class contenders to the list last week.
Top Asian GT outfit and twice 12-hour podium finishers Clearwater Racing has committed to a return with their Ferrari 458 GT3 while Australian Ferrari squads Vicious Rumour Racing and Trofeo Motorsport have also entered cars.
Early last week defending champions Maranello Motorsport announced they would add the first Bentley Continental GT3 to the field in addition to fielding their existing Ferrari in a quest for back-to-back Bathurst victories.
The team announced that the Bentley would be run under the ‘Flying B Racing’ banner.
Motorsport Services has forged an enviable record in endurance racing, taking their Porsche and SEAT entries to races around the world with great success.
The outfit is now one of the most experienced endurance teams on the Mountain and will return for the sixth consecutive year in 2015.
After finishing second in Class C with a BMW 130i on their first visit in 2010, the team returned for the first race to feature GT cars the following year and scored second and third in Class B with a pair of Porsche 996 GT3 Cup entries.
Motorsport Services recorded their best result the following year when a team Porsche 997 GT3 Cup driven by Scott O’Donnnell, Brent Niall and Simon McLennon finished fifth outright and second in Class B.
The team finished third in the same class the following year to complete a remarkable run of podium finishes in their class.
Though a podium finish wasn’t forthcoming in 2014, the team still managed to leave their mark on the race – though not in the way they would have hoped.
It was an unfortunate crash by the No. 67 Motorsport Services Porsche within the final half hour that brought the Safety Car to the circuit and helped set up the thrilling fight to the finish between Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz that remains one of the greatest moments in event history.
The team has also hinted the potential at adding further entries to their already-impressive squad for the February 6-8 Event.
Further updates of the entry list will be released as details are made available, prior to entries closing on December 11 this year.
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