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The Bend unveils new endurance race

THE Bend Motorsport Park will host a new long-distance race this year ahead of its Supercars enduro debut in 2025.

The circuit otherwise known as Shell V-Power Motorsport Park has announced the ‘777 Endurance Crown’ which will double as the final round of the SA Motor Racing Championship.

The November 22-24 event – held the weekend after a blockbuster Adelaide 500 – will culminate in a four-hour race on The Bend’s 7.77km GT layout.

It will be open to a wide array of machinery including Production Cars, Production Sports, Improved Production, SA Tin Tops, BMW E30s, Porsche 944s, Mazda MX5s, Circuit Excels and Nissan Pulsars.

An aerial view of The Bend. Pic: Supplied

“The ‘Triple 7’ allows grassroots competitors to experience proper endurance racing on not only Australia’s longest track, but one of our most thrilling,” said The Bend’s motorsport operations lead Adam Brook.

“We’ve removed many of the barriers that prevent grassroots competitors from taking part in endurance events, particularly, with a wide eligibility list and competitors being able to opt for the circuit to handle refuelling for them, removing the requirement for extra crew and equipment.”

There will be as many as 60 cars on the grid, with an entry fee set at $1750. Competitors will be allowed to rejoin the race even if they are brought back to the pits by the recovery crew.

“We’ve designed this event in order for competitors from all over Australia to enjoy this magnificent racetrack – we don’t want to see anyone miss that opportunity owing to a minor mechanical fault or incident that can be resolved,” Brook added.

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