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The Bathurst 12-hour en­durance race on Fe­bru­ary 6–8 is said to be one of the most spec­tac­u­lar en­durance events of the in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport cal­en­dar, and this year three Kiwi teams will head over to com­pete.

The big­gest of them is TFM. If you haven’t heard of Trass Fam­ily Mo­tor­sport in the past six months you can’t ex­actly call your­self a New Zealand mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­ast. TFM is a new Kiwi rac­ing team that has taken the coun­try by storm with its very im­pres­sive Fer­rari an­tics, and it’s just an­nounced it will take its cur­rent-spec GT3 Fer­rari 458 to Australia, along with an im­pres­sive all-Kiwi team, to com­pete. The team’s lead driver — Jono Lester — will be joined by Graeme Smyth and John McIn­tyre. McIn­tyre is the only team mem­ber with Bathurst ex­pe­ri­ence, and he’s com­peted in V8 Su­per­car en­durance races in the past.

The Kiwi team’s line-up has been com­bin­ing John’s ex­pe­ri­ence with co­pi­ous amounts of sim­u­la­tor train­ing to en­sure they are com­pet­i­tive.

This month’s cover car, the Pos­sum Bourne Mo­tor­sport–built Subaru BRZ, will make its race de­but on the moun­tain af­ter a rush last-minute test and air­plane ride for the car to make the event in time. And from the South Is­land will be GT3 En­durance Ltd with two Kiwi driv­ers and one who’s UK based, Michael Lyons, who has com­peted nu­mer­ous times in Bri­tish GT cham­pi­onships and Le Mans. With this ex­pe­ri­ence back­ing them, the team should be fairly com­pet­i­tive over the week­end be­hind the wheel of the Mo­bil 1 Porsche GT3.

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