Roller coaster ride in front of Mount Panorama.


Roller coaster ride in front of Mount Panorama.

THE 12H OF BATHURST. Roller coaster ride in front of Mount Panorama.

The 12-hour race of Bathurst was first held in 1991 and since then has established itself as a real classic on the international GT calendar. The GT3 category was introduced in 2011, and the race held about 200 kilometres to the west of Sydney has enjoyed an enormous increase in fans ever since. And the track is incredibly popular with the drivers. However, the drivers on the track don’t notice all that much of the beautiful backdrop of Mount Panorama, the 6.213-kilometre track demands their full concentration: high-speed turns meet narrow hairpin bends. Ascents with a 16 percent gradient and a difference in altitude of 174 metres make the racetrack a real roller coaster. And all that in extreme conditions: In midsummer in Australia, the thermometer often goes way beyond 30 degrees, and violent thunderstorms are not unusual at this time of year.


The 2018 race.

The performance was strong – but luck was not on the side of BMW Team Schnitzer and the trio of Marco Wittmann, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert. The latter started the race from pole position and was able to maintain the lead at the start, before numerous safety car phases influenced the result at the top. After more than nine hours came the bitter retirement as a result of an accident. The second BMW M6 GT3 also made a strong impression, but was also unable to escape incidents. Still, the driver trio of Timo Glock, Philipp Eng and Steve Richards achieved an impressive catch-up from 49th to 9th place.


The flagship of GT racing.

The BMW M6 GT3 has been the top model in the BMW Motorsport customer racing line-up since 2016. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms. The car won the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours in its very first season. The BMW M6 GT3 made its race debut in Bathurst in 2017.

  • BMW M6 GT3
12h Bathurst


The Freilassing legend.

BMW and Schnitzer – these two names are inextricably linked in motorsport. BMW Team Schnitzer, based in Freilassing, has been in action with power from Munich on racetracks around the world for more than 50 years, and has celebrated numerous successes: three titles in the European touring car championship in the 80s, winning the first world championship in 1987 with the legendary BMW M3 and Roberto Ravaglia and then the first DTM title two years later, victory as a BMW factory team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999, overall victory in the ALMS in America and the most recent highlight was the triple triumph of winning the driver’s, manufacturer’s and team titles in BMW’s phenomenal return to DTM in 2012.


BMW power Down Under.

SRM – Steve Richards Motorsport. Steve Richards is by no means a man who lives in the past, and yet he remains closely linked to the past. His father Jim Richards, seven-time Bathurst 1000 title winner, contributed to the BMW success story on the fifth continent in the 1980s. The young BMW Team SRM, which has been active in Australian racing since 2011, builds on competent employees. Steve Richards has known most of them for many years, he knows all about their diverse expertise and their passion for racing. The highlight of the team composition is an exciting mix of experienced motorsport veterans and young players hungry for success.