ELLERY RETURNS TO BATHURST

The Ellerys will again team up in a BMW for this year's Bathurst 6 Hour. Photo: Supplied.

FORMER Bathurst 1000 podium finisher Steve Ellery enjoyed driving with his sons so much in last year’s Bathurst 6 Hour that he’s heading back to the Mountain this Easter to do it again.

Ellery will team up with sons Dalton and Tristan in an outright Class X BMW M3, making a strong four-car BMW attack.

The trio finished 17th outright in last year’s race.

“I was a little under prepared going into last year’s event due to me committing so late,” says Ellery.

“It didn’t really hamper me as I just love Bathurst and the adrenaline also helped.

“Our M3 will again be maintained and serviced by the team at Bruce Lynton Service on the Gold Coast as part of a four-car operation.

“My two boys are enjoying their racing and Dalton has expanded to a TA2 program as well. As a father its very rewarding seeing them compete and having fun with the family trackside. I’ve had 17 odd starts at Bathurst and now it’s all about them.”

The Ellerys will face stiff competition in the BMW ranks at the 6 Hour.

DJR Supercars ace Will Davison has locked in to drive with Beric Lynton and Tim Leahey, while defending race winners Shane van Gisbergen, Rob Rubis and Shane Smollen will again team up.

In addition to the BMW challengers, former Supercars champ Marcos Ambrose will make his return to Mount Panorama in a Garry Rogers Motorsport-built Mustang.

The Bathurst 6 Hour will be held on Easter Sunday, April 17.