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The two most successful teams in the recent history of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour have entered the Motorsportsales Enduro Champs round at Sydney Motorsport Park this coming weekend. It looms as the final hit out before the 6 Hour, which takes place across the Easter weekend. Production cars feature across the weekend with four 63 minute races in total; two races on both Saturday and Sunday.
Heading the entry list is the pairing of Beric Lynton and Tim Leahy, the last winners of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour back in 2019 in a BMW M3. Close rivals and 2018 victors Iain and Grant Sherrin have also ventured to Sydney to stretch the legs in their M4 version from the Bavarian marque.
For Beric Lynton the race presents an opportunity to return to a happy hunting ground.
“I’m pretty sure we won the round outright for the last 2 years,” Beric Lynton said. “The plan is to use it as a test session for Bathurst 6 Hour. We go there running in Bathurst spec, the reduced boost we receive for Bathurst BOP and we’ve chosen to run on MRF’s, even though quicker tyres are allowed.”
“The difference between this Enduro series and state events / Bathurst 6 Hour is the boost is not monitored and I think even free. Therefore like last year you’ll see some very fast cars, even from lower classes getting good results.”
Amongst the other entries are two names that grab the eye; Grant Denyer and Steven Ellery. Denyer is teamed with Karl Begg in a BMW M4, while Steven Ellery is joined by sons Tristan and Dalton Ellery in a second BMW M3 from the Lynton Motor Group. While it will be Tristan’s and Dalton’s first time on track at Sydney Motorsport Park, it is a venue that runs deep in the veins of the family patriarch, a former star in the Supercar category.
“It has been 16 years since I raced at SMP, my last visit was in a 888 Falcon Supercar, this weekend is special as it is the 1st time I officially share the car with Dalton and Tristan and I am really looking forward to it,” Steven Ellery said.
“The weekend for us is all about Bathurst prep, so time in the car and also time on the MRF tyre we will run at Bathurst. The results this weekend are not important, but what is, is to learn to work together as a team, help and encourage each other to get better. I am excited to achieve this dream of driving with my boys.”
Practice takes place today, with three session scheduled throughout the day. Qualifying is set for 8.25am Saturday, with races 1 and 2 taking place late morning and mid afternoon. The two Sunday races take place at 9.36am and 13.36 respectively.
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