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Old 29 Feb 2012, 09:26 (Ref:3069175)   #1
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2013 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour: 8-10 February

The organisers need to set a date and stick to it, year after year no matter what.

First it was Easter, then it was mid-Feb, now its late Feb, now they want to go back to earlier again.

Stick to the one weekend and start building a tradition around that.
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Old 29 Feb 2012, 09:57 (Ref:3069176)   #2
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Tradition?...puhlease.

Build the bloody thing around commercial reality, which O'Brien is trying to do. There are only a handful of local GT guys with the coin and desire to do it, so push for more internationals. The opportunity to have a crack at overseas drivers may just drive the apathy out of the locals. So have the event when you can maximize European and Asian attendance.

And here's another thing...with the race being 70% wet, I wonder if all those proddie sooks with Evo's that cried foul about their game being hijacked realize they could have had a fat time on the weekend...top 5 for sure and bragging rights for punching above their weight. But crying and *****ing was easier.
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Old 1 Mar 2012, 06:08 (Ref:3069177)   #3
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Tradition?...puhlease.
If the organisers want to build a crowd up year in and year out a regular date is certainly an advantage.

I know i would have already booked the time off work and a camping site for next year already if i knew what date it was on

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Build the bloody thing around commercial reality, which O'Brien is trying to do. There are only a handful of local GT guys with the coin and desire to do it, so push for more internationals. The opportunity to have a crack at overseas drivers may just drive the apathy out of the locals. So have the event when you can maximize European and Asian attendance.
How can the race be built on what is described above? They tried that this year and it didn't work. It showed potential, but the bottom line was not enough cars were there.

Wasn't the date moved this year to attract teams that had run in Dubai and Abu Dhabi? All that could be mustered was 25 starters

There needs to be a core base of competitors for the event to survive. The race is not aligned with an International GT Championship, so therefore the emphasis needs to be on getting Australians to form the bulk of the entry, with the internationals being the iceing on the cake.
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Old 7 Mar 2012, 08:41 (Ref:3069178)   #4
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Is it time for a B12 2013 thread?
Hopefully there will be more positive comments than the 2012 thread..
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Is it time for a B12 2013 thread?
Hopefully there will be more positive comments than the 2012 thread..
maybe we should have a thread about if it will happen, I'm doubtful
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maybe we should have a thread about if it will happen, I'm doubtful
be great to have a thread for 2013 if it all works out good, I would far rather be talking about what a great weekend it was....

Off there for Easter, and really looking forward to it.
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maybe we should have a thread about if it will happen, I'm doubtful
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Old 9 Apr 2012, 12:12 (Ref:3069182)   #9
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Will there be a B12 in 2013?
I believe so, Bathurst Council seem accepting of the status quo - although there are elections in September, so perhaps fresh faces and thinking will emerge.

If not, Allan et al have little chance on the lap record. The B12 is likely to continue imposing an artifical threshold pre race start to prevent elimination of slow cars. Not sure a low 2:04 during the race proper is do-able, although others (FFS?) may disagree. What other opportunities are there for GT cars at Bathurst? The 2012 calendar for MtP looks pretty bleak. Aside from the B1000 (no GT), just 2 other events are listed, both 'run' Mr O'Brien, both now done and dusted.

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Thing that I find interesting is that after the chest beating from those that talk prior to the meeting, only two F3 cars went under Alan's time and then only during one of the weekend's races.
Same here. And both were on the final 2 laps of that race. Natsoft timing was strange as well, originally there were no 4's then later on it was re-set/reloaded. To me, F3's involvement felt contrived – e.g. 18 ‘entries’ v 10 starters, 30 minute races v 20 minutes for other non-enduros. Perhaps F3 paid a premium, if not it seems a poor allocation of a limited resource…

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And the F3 guys were saying anything between sub 2m to 2:06.
Media releases re sub 2m aside, F3's website quotes Winslow: "...I think a high 2:01..." and Gilmour: "... something like 2:01 and 2:02 ..."

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Will there be a B12 in 2013?
Bathurst City Council seems to think so. Recieved an invititation to re-book my campsite for 2013 today.
Dates are Feb.8-10th
Maybe it's time to start a B12 13 thread to post our suggestions?
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Bathurst City Council seems to think so. Recieved an invititation to re-book my campsite for 2013 today.Dates are Feb.8-10th Maybe it's time to start a B12 13 thread to post our suggestions?
Has the 2013 date been confirmed officially ?
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Old 3 May 2012, 05:40 (Ref:3069185)   #12
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pay the 2013 12 hr entry by 31 august and pay $5500 inc GST.
after this date it's $11000

michelin, pirelli and hankook tyres permitted.

interesting pic of the 458 bella rosso ferrari in the pits. one of the two drivers not wearing a HANS device, i guess it was during practice or quali as there are fire marshalls on the fence. wonder if it was just pit stop practice or forgot and went out the gate without it?
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Winning! Sent your entry in yet scudd?
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Winning! Sent your entry in yet scudd?
no, need to think long and hard and still licking my wounds.

concentrating on another 12hr event this year.
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Speedcafe are reporting that Armour All have pulled out of next year's event citing lack of entry growth as the reason.
I'd be somewhat surprised if this still goes ahead.
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