Eric Bana to race in Bathurst 12 Hour

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He's played villains and heroes in movies from Star Trek to Chopper, and now Hollywood A-lister and self-confessed petrol head Eric Bana will return to Mount Panorama to contest one of the toughest races in Australia, the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Bana will drive a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 in Class B against 10 Porsche GT3 Cup Cars and a pair of Audi R8s as he looks for a spot on the podium alongside co-drivers (and good mate) Peter Hill and Simon Middleton.

“I can’t wait to get back to the circuit," said Bana, who has plenty of racing experience, having competed in two previous Bathurst 12 Hour races, several Targa Tasmania rallies, and a few rounds of the Australian GT Championship and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

"The car is fantastic to drive, and the thought of competing once again with a couple of mates at this event is very exciting," he said.

"I am thrilled that my calendar has allowed me to once again test myself at one of the world's most demanding circuits."

Bana's 2008 model Lambo race car will be prepared by Racing Incident while workwear company FXD is the major sponsor of the team.

Tackling the legendary 6.2km track will be no mean feat in the high-power Italian exotic race car, which takes place between February 7 - 9, but Bana appeared relaxed about entering the race.

"We are there to have some serious fun amongst an incredible line up of International A-Level Endurance Teams and Drivers," he said.

The 45-year-old Hollywood actor will come up against motoring.com.au's entry in the race, one of two Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse race cars, based on the Fiat 500.

There is also a rumour that Eric Bana may co-drive with former F1 great Mark Webber in the Bathurst 12 Hour race in 2015, after Webber intimated as such in a tweet late last year.

From www.motoring.com.au

By Feann Torr

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