Supercars stars are rolling in for the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, with Triple Eight Race Engineering unveiling an all-star cast.
Red Bull Holden stars Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen will share a factory Mercedes-AMG GT3 entry with Maximilian Gotz, with the team entering in the race proper for the first time.
Triple Eight had competed in line with Maranello Motorsport in a successful 2017 campaign before teaming up with Scott Taylor Motorsport for the 2019 event.
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For the 2020 event, Triple Eight will run its own show with two separate entries. It comes after the squad expanded into GT racing in 2019 in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia.
Whincup and van Gisbergen are household names in Australia, while factory driver Gotz finished third in the 2019 event with GruppeM Racing.
Van Gisbergen has already driven the latest generation Mercedes-AMG GT3 – at Challenge Bathurst – and expects to challenge for the 12 Hour with such a strong driver line-up.
“I was lucky enough to do three of the six rounds of GT World Challenge Asia with Triple Eight last season, which was cool and definitely helps us coming into the Bathurst 12 Hour because we know the car that much better than this time last year,” said the 2016 Supercars champion.
“It’s cool to be teaming up with Maxi, his experience in the AMG will definitely be valuable … with Jamie as well, I think we’ve got a really strong line-up. Hopefully we can put on a good show again this year, but come away with a trophy.”
Whincup, the 2017 winner, added: “It’s always exciting to get back to the mountain, no matter what you’re driving, but to kick off the year at one of the best tracks in the world behind the wheel of an AMG GT3 is pretty special.”
The second Triple Eight entry will be shared by Shahin brothers Yasser and Sam, Nick Foster, and Penrite Racing young gun Anton De Pasquale.
De Pasquale’s Supercars teammate David Reynolds has also been confirmed to co-drive a SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Kenny Habul, Dominik Baumann, and Martin Konrad.
Earlier this week, seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner and two-time 12 Hour winner Craig Lowndes was confirmed to drive an Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche.
Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Rick Kelly will share an R-Motorsport Aston Martin with IndyCar legend Scott Dixon and DTM ace Jake Dennis.
Lee Holdsworth will also steer an Audi R8 LMS GT3 alongside Marc Cini and Dean Fiore.
The 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, which will be broadcast live and ad-break free on Fox Sports, will feature a record 34 GT3 entries across a total of 40 cars.