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F1 car to cut laps at Bathurst International

THIS weekend’s Bathurst International will be boosted by the presence of four open-wheel cars which will tackle the Mountain.

The November 10-12 event’s ‘Open-Wheel Cavalcade’ will involve six demonstration sessions, each lasting 20 minutes, held across the three days.

A mix of cars have now been confirmed to take part.

Lola Larousse LC88 Cosworth

Raced by Philippe Alliot for Formula 1 minnow Larousse in the 1988 Australian Grand Prix, this car features a 3.5-litre Cosworth V8 producing more than 550 horsepower.

The LC88 failed to register a point all season, but Larousse did notably score its one and only podium a couple of years later via Aguri Suzuki at Suzuka (in a LC90).

Back to this LC88, it is owned and often demonstrated by Brenton Griguol.

Hocking 901 Formula Holden

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Built by Chris Hocking, this car was an aluminium version of a March 87B F3000 designed to meet Formula Holden’s ruleset whereby carbon fibre chassis were not allowed.

Armed with a 3.8-litre V6 engine, chassis 003 was raced by Mark McLaughlin in the 1990 Australian Drivers’ Championship.

It is now owned by Victorian Rohan Carrig.

Mygale M11 Mercedes-Benz

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This car is significant for multiple reasons, including powering Simon Hodge – now James Golding’s Supercars race engineer – to the 2014 Gold Star.

It was the only non-Dallara to win the prestigious silverware during the Australian Drivers’ Championship’s Formula 3 era.

It was subsequently bought by Trent Shirvington and has continued to make sporadic on-track appearances, including at the 2023 Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

Rogers AF01/V8 S5000

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S5000 is not new to Bathurst, the category having competed at Mount Panorama in 2021 when Aaron Cameron recorded a stunning 1:59.9340s in qualifying.

Now, Mark Rosser will jump behind the wheel of the ACM Finance/88 Racing/Team BRM entry that has been raced this year by Joey Mawson and more recently Aaron Love.

A regular in S5000, Rosser is also notably waiting on the delivery of a V10 Benetton Formula 1 car which will feature at next year’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

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