Aussie racing legends will be behind the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3 at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race in February next year.
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Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and Tony Longhurst are putting their old rivalries aside and joining forces to take on The Mountain at next year’s event with the BMW Team SRM.

Between them, they have 10 Bathurst 1000 wins, while BMW Team SRM boss Steve Richards also holds four race wins at the event.

Skaife has six wins under his belt, one coming alongside Longhurst in 2001. Longhurst’s other Bathurst win came in 1988.

Ingall has also conquered Mount Panorama twice with another racing legend, Larry Perkins, in 1995 and 1997.

BMW Team SRM Test day, Phillip Island. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Victoria, Australia. Monday 26th September 2016. BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3. World Copyright: BMW  Ref: Digital Image DSC_2074.NEF

Castrol and Vodafone are the team’s major sponsors, supporting the two-car entry into the 12-hour race around Mount Panorama.

The ‘Bathurst Legends’ BMW M6 GT3 has already begun testing as part of a comprehensive preparation program ahead of the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour race next February.

“Make no mistake, we are taking this seriously,” said Ingall.

“We’re going there to try and win this race.”


Like his old rival and new teammate, Skaife is determined and excited to take on The Mountain.

“It’s a very exciting project,” he said.

“Who would have thought I’d have a teammate like Russell Ingall at some stage, and to be re-joining Tony Longhurst after winning in 2001 is fantastic.”

“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think we would enjoy the experience and be able to do it properly.”


Meanwhile, Longhurst is looking forward to taking on Bathurst one last time in a BMW.

“I started my career back in 1984 with Jim Richards, and this will be my last time at The Mountain with Steve Richards. That’s pretty neat,” he said.

“The best moments of my career have been in BMWs, but what a difference between the M6 GT3 and the 635 I drove in 1984. It’s an amazing journey.”

The 2017 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will run from 3-5 February.

Click through to the photo gallery for more images of the 2016 BMW Team SRM cars and crew.