Historic Formula Ford Racing and the increasingly popular Hyundai Excel one-make class will join next year’s 6 Hour support program, alongside regular Easter staples Group N Historic Touring Cars, Production Sports Cars and the Porsche Club of NSW Regularity.
Next year will mark the first time that Formula Ford racing has ventured to Mount Panorama since 2015, and the first for the purely historic class that caters for cars built up to 1989.
It is expected the Bathurst event will attract a full grid of cars from Australia and even some overseas entrants.
Three classes of Historic Formula Fords will be eligible to participate: Fa (pre-1978), Fb (1978-1983) and Fc (1984-1989) eras.
“We’ve worked really hard over the last few years to grow our competitor base in NSW, and Excel racing all of Australia has exploded in popularity over the last 24 months,” said Series X3 NSW President Michael Ridings.
“It really is becoming one of the most accessible options for competing in motor sport, and our competitors are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete at the undisputed Holy Grail of Australian motor sport.
Classic Touring Cars from the 1960s and 1970s will return to the Mountain in the form of the Group N Historic Touring Cars, with another full grid expected to compete.
While Group N, Historic Formula Ford and the Excels will each feature three sprint races, the return of Production Sports Cars to the Mountain will see an exotic field of Sports and GT vehicles contest a pair of one-hour enduro races.
The Porsche Club of NSW will also return with a full field of competitors looking to challenge themselves by competing against the clock in their tough regularity competitions.