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]