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Ask the typical gearhead what race they most want to attend and you'll probably here something about the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with a couple of mental patients no doubt pining for the 24 Hours of LeMons). Awesome race, great movie, viva la France and all that, but let's be honest. Le Mans has become so concerned with something called "safety" that they chicaned the Mulsanne Straight! As any fan of the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe will tell you, "Boo!"

Now consider how they do things down unda. Recently, in the interest of safety, officials decided to limit fans of the Bathurst 1000 to 24 cans of beer per day. Not to be all low brow, but that's our kind of racing. And we think we'd like the Bathurst 12 Hour enduro quite a bit, too. And not because movie star Eric Bana is set to run it in a Mitsubishi EVO X – again.

The star of good movies like Chopper and Munich (and the face of bad films like Troy and Hulk) is returning to the Bathurst 12 to attempt to improve upon his team's 10th place overall finish. No stranger to motorsports (those familiar with his excellent car love epic Love the Beast know this), Bana has done quite a bit of racing, including several Targa Tasmania events, a Porsche GT3 Challenge and the Australian GT Championship.

Along with his teammates Tim Leahey and Peter Hill, Bana will be re-campaigning the same Mitsubishi EVO X. With more than 50 cars set to take the grid, improving upon last year's results will prove difficult. Of course, that's why they race. The Bathurst 12 Hour will take place February 12-14.

[Source: Car Advice]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Watch out for that tree!

      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought Bathhurst was just for Holden and Ford Falcons.... guess im a little out dated. Throwing a little mad jap into Bathhurst isnt a bad idea i guess."
      You are thinking of the Bathurst 1000 for V8supercars. This is the Bathurst 12Hrs for production cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pissed that I can't find a copy of Love the Beast that will work in a US DVD player. Stupid Region 2 only copies available....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best of luck to him. Bathhurst is an awesome event. I did enjoy "Love the Beast" and was gutted when he crashed his prized Falcon. What a beautiful machine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Troy wasn't that bad of a movie, and Eric Bana was one of the better performances from the film. The Hulk did suck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brad Pitt for starters. And the gay fighting techniques of jumping in the air.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what was bad about troy?? i think its a great movie!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet the old "SpeedVision" would have shown this. SpeedTV...no chance!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just thought I would point out that in the interest of "safety" they put a kink in Conrod Straight too. It used to go all the way to the start/finish straight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      > Ask the typical gearhead what race they most want to attend
      > and you'll probably here something...

      It took me a few seconds to process this sentence.

      Then I realized that the author, Jonny Lieberman, has misspelled the word "hear".

      That's not surprising considering that he can't even spell his own name correctly!

      Why can't Johnny spell?
      • 5 Years Ago
      He is a petrol head. He put up a 1:47.5. That was the fastest wet lap they recorded ( non professional ) lap.

      He should do well. Good on ya, mate.

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