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International powerhouse enters Bathurst 12 Hour

MERCEDES outfit GruppeM Racing has joined a growing list of international teams to commit to the 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Hong Kong/German squad has contended for victory in both of its previous two visits to The Mountain, leading 34 laps on debut in 2019 before placing third with its line-up of Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Goetz and Raffaele Marciello.

Buhk, Marciello and Felipe Fraga then crossed the line second in the 2020 edition, only to cop a 30-second penalty for a pitstop infringement which relegated them to sixth.

After a couple of COVID-affected events, GruppeM has locked in one of its Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars for the 2023 grid.

The team will announce its driver roster at a later date.

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“GruppeM were one of the first international teams to lodge an entry this year, it’s exciting to have them back,” said Bathurst 12 Hour event director Shane Rudzis.

“In 2019 and 2020 they proved that they are one of the most competitive teams to tackle the Mountain and you’re never in doubt that they will be giving everything to win.

“They’ve crossed the line inside the top three on the road on both occasions they have competed which is an incredible strike rate.

“Watching them aim for a Bathurst victory and taking on great teams from here and abroad will be a big story of the race this year.”

Gruppe M follows the likes of BMW M Team WRT and Manthey Racing (in collaboration with EMA Motorsport) in entering the February 3-5 event.

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