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French V8 sportscar enters Bathurst 12 Hour

THE Repco Bathurst 12 Hour will welcome a French V8 sportscar to its invitational class next year.

Vortex has entered the event with one of its unique machines, powered by a 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8 engine producing 550hp.

The Pezenas-based constructor, which is led by Olivier and Arnaud Gomez, has also named its driver line-up of Lionel Amrouche, Julien Boilot and Philippe Bonnel.

The trio will race in the 12 Hours of Kuwait, 24 Hours of Dubai and 6 Hours of Abu Dhabi in the lead-up to Bathurst.

“I think the Vortex is going to be one of the most interesting additions to the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour grid we’ve seen in a long time,” said event director Shane Rudzis.

“It draws on the heritage of the race where we have always seen interesting machinery in the invitational class alongside the GT3 cars that battle for the outright win.

“We have been in touch with the guys from Vortex for some time and they are very keen to get to Bathurst and show their car to Aussie fans and tackle the Mountain for the first time.

“They are a professional team, the cars are well engineered and their drivers will have lots of endurance racing experience, so we are looking forward to what is shaping up to be a really good fight for the invited class next February.”

The invitational class is open to cars which do not meet GT3 or GT4 regulations, and is governed by a minimum lap time of 2m06s.

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