THIRD-GEN BARGWANNAS TO TACKLE BATHURST 6 HOUR

Jude and Ben Bargwanna. Pic: Supplied

A third generation of drivers representing the Bargwanna family will make their endurance racing debut in this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour production car race. 

The family has entered a Volkswagen Golf GTi with cousins, 19-year-old Ben and 16 year-old Jude Bargwanna sharing the driving duties.

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Bathurst has long been a special place for the Bargwanna family, enjoying success at the famed Mount Panorama circuit in various events and categories across three generations.

The Bargwanna Bathurst story started with twin brothers Harry and Alf who first competed together in the late 1960s.

The Bargwanna/Bargwanna Corolla at Bathurst in 1992. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

They were followed by their respective sons Jason and Scott, both aged 20 at the time, teaming up in small family-run team to take out a class victory in the 1992 Bathurst 1000.

Both Jason and Scott Bargwanna progressed to enjoy successful racing careers and still race to this day.

Jason won the Bathurst 1000 with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2000, while Scott scored the Class A2 victory in the 2017 Bathurst 6 Hour.

Jason Bargwanna celebrates on the podium at Bathurst in 2000. Photo: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

Jason’s son Ben is this year undertaking his debut season in TCR Australia while Scott’s son Jude is currently third in the Australian Formula Ford Series.

They will tackle Class D at Bathurst in an entry overseen by the two senior generations of Bargwannas, with Harry, Alf, Jason and Scott all lending a hand to run the team.

“This is something very special,” Jason Bargwanna said.

“For Scott and I to have shared that result so many years ago and to be able to come back to Bathurst as a family is pretty cool.”

Jason and Scott Bargwanna following the 1992 Bathurst 1000. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

Added Scott: ”We have always had great success here at this special place, but I think I am more excited and a lot more nervous watching Jude roll out of the Bathurst pit lane for the first time at only 16 years old.”

Ben Bargwanna will be on double duty for the Easter weekend, competing in his regular Peugeot 308 TCR car and the Golf GTI.

Jason is also set to contest the TCR races in a Peugeot 308, having won the final race at the most recent round of the series at Phillip Island.

The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will be held over Easter weekend April 2-4 at Mount Panorama and will be broadcast live and free on the screens of Seven.