Three teams from Asia will tackle the famed Mount Panorama Circuit in next month’s Bathurst 12 Hour.

An entry list for the Australian endurance event was released on Tuesday, confirming a total of 31 entries across five classes: GT3 Pro, GT3 Pro-Am, GT3 Silver, GT4, and Invitational. The race takes place between February 16-18.

The three Asian teams have entered a single car each in the GT3 Pro class.

For China’s Phantom Global Racing, the Bathurst 12 Hour will be their debut race as a new customer Porsche team. The team has entered a Porsche 911GT3R and it will be driven by Bastian Buss, Jaxon Evans and Joel Eriksson.

The other Asian teams are Hong Kong’s Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo Racing and Taiwan’s HubAuto Racing.

Craft-Bamboo Racing is no stranger to Bathurst. In last year’s edition, the team’s car – driven by Daniel Juncadella, Philip Ellis and Nicky Catsburg – finished eigth overall in the Pro class. The year before that the team finished second in the race.

For 2024, Craft-Bamboo has again entered a Mercedes-AMG GT3, though it has not yet announced its driver line-up.

Meanwhile, HubAuto Racing is fielding a Porsche 911 GT3R 992 in 2024 with a trio of Porsche factory drivers: Klaus Bachler, Kevin Estre and Patrick Pilet.

HubAuto Racing last visited Bathurst in 2019, where they finished 18th overall with a Ferrari 488 GT3.

Bathurst 12 Hour event director Shane Rudzis said the 31-car field for 2024 included 11 international entries, up from four in 2023. Alongside the three teams from Asia, there are teams from France, USA, Belgium and Germany.

“Good luck picking a winner from this field,” Rudzis said.

This year’s Bathurst 12 Hour is the first round of the 2024 Intercontinental GT Challenge, a worldwide endurance series which also includes the 24H Nürburgring, 24 Hours of Spa, and Indianapolis 8 Hour.

The race is also the first round of GT World Challenge Australia.

Header image credit: Mercedes-Benz Media


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