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Sixteen year old Bayley Hall is almost set to hit the track in what will be to date, his biggest year in Motorsport, he’s in a unique position to be one of just a few drivers doing “double duties” at the Intercontinental GT Challenge Bathurst 12Hour.

Not only will he be one of the four drivers in the Geoff Tauton MARC II Mustang, he’s also racing his own MARC 1 Ford Focus V8 in the combined Sedans class.

His preparation for the weekend has seen him spend a huge amount of time on his physical fitness, it going to be a hot weekend, super-hot in the race cars.  Bayley has also spent 50 hours on a race simulator driving the Mount Panorama circuit.

“I am so honoured to have this huge opportunity to drive in both the main 12 Hour event and the Wake Up Hostels Combined Sedans and it will certainly put some physical demand on me but also give me an experience of a lifetime,” Bayley told Velocity Magazine.

“During the lead up to this event, there has been a countless amount of hours spent running, cycling & heat training in cardio sessions, over 50 hours of simulator training getting the so important ‘consistency’ up to standards before I jump in the mustang tomorrow morning. I’m so focused to finish this 12 hour & achieve a memorable result for all of my valued supporters out there & show my passion as I want to thrive in this sport.”

A charity close to Bayley’s heart is the Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

“This weekend I am raising awareness and showing my support for the ovarian cancer foundation. I lost my Gran three years ago this week and she was one of my biggest fans but unfortunately never got the chance to see me race a car only karts,  so I know she’ll be having the ride of her life around Bathurst riding shotgun in the mustang keeping me safe.”

The final preparations for the Bathurst 12 Hour included a track walk for the team where they discuss racing lines, brake markers and more.  Then a public relations exercise that saw all of the GT cars drive into the Bathurst City Centre, on display for the race fans where they could get up close with their favourite drivers and cars.

“We had the track walk this morning which is always exhilarating not only because of the incline but walking around a track almost every racer around the world envies. Then we are excitedly off to entertain the Bathurst community by displaying the racecar and ourselves down the Main Street of town. I’m a bit nervous but also excited to have my first autograph session which I hope I can use to thank the supporters but also inspire the young motorsport fans to work hard & never stop following their dreams.”

It all becomes very real for the teenager at 8.40am tomorrow when the first practice sessions gets underway.

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