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Heart of Racing enters Bathurst 12 Hour

A UNITED States-based outfit that raises money for research into children’s health will be on the grid for the 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour.

Heart of Racing will collaborate with German-based SPS Automotive Performance to enter the Pro-Am class with a Mercedes-AMG GT3, to be piloted by British drivers Ian James and Ross Gunn and Spanish racer Alex Riberas.

Through its motorsport programmes, Heart of Racing raises funds for paediatric research, in particular for Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the largest institutions of its kind.

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SPS Automotive Performance fielded Heart of Racing’s cars last year and will continue the partnership into the new year, beginning with the 24 Hours of Dubai in January.

“We are very excited about the Bathurst 12 Hour challenge,” Stephan Sohn, the team principal of SPS Automotive Performance, said.

“The track is really unique and very demanding. Starting in the darkness is also a first for us. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 has been the car to beat in recent years. That makes us optimistic that we can show a good performance in this race.

“The drivers and the team are highly motivated to achieve a good result.”

James, who is also the team principal of Heart of Racing, claimed two class victories and a class podium in three IMSA GTD Pro races last year, while Gunn has also raced under the team’s banner previously, and Riberas has been a mainstay of the squad for the past four years.

All three drivers are rookies at Mount Panorama. The 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour is scheduled for February 16-18.

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