WATCH out Bathurst 1000, fans say the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will soon be ‘the’ race to watch.
This year’s endurance race at Mount Panorama attracted 53 entries from across the globe and a record-breaking 41,610 people to the iconic circuit to take in the action.
Two sets of Sydney brothers, Michael and Alex Caltabiano, and Joseph and Simon Samardzic, said the 12 Hour had fast become their preferred race over the Supercars during the Bathurst 1000.
The group left Sydney at 2am on Sunday to head to Bathurst to ensure they did not miss a second of the action.
“This racing is better, the cars are more exciting and there’s more validity,” Alex said of the 12 Hour.
“I genuinely think this will be the premier event and will overtake the Bathurst 1000, especially now that the Australian car manufacturing industry is dead.
“I don’t think it’ll change overnight, but it’ll definitely takeover.”
This was the first year his brother Michael had attended the 12 Hour and he said he will definitely be back.
“The night start was really good seeing them come down the Pit Straight with their lights on,” he said.
Bathurst man Troy McCormack, who was at the track with his son Isaac, 5, on Sunday, said he preferred the 12 Hour to the Bathurst 1000.
I genuinely think this will be the premier event and will overtake the Bathurst 1000.Alex Caltabiano
“I love the fact it's not overcrowded you can get in and walk around, it's good for families,” he said.
During the race, the safety car was called out 16 times, with a total of 47 laps of the race conducted under a yellow flag.
However, the worst crash occurred just 15 minutes short of the 12-hour long event coming to a close, when three cars collided near Sulman Park.
The smash saw the race suspended a few minutes later.
For Bathurst 12 Hour is the opening round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The series was introduced in 2016 make the most of the world’s best GT races.
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