THE Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour will double as a round of the Australian Production Car Series in 2017.

Event organisers confirmed the Australian Production Car Series will allocate points based on Bathurst 6 Hour finishing positions, the Bathurst race to double as a national series round for the first time next year.

Entries for the second running of the six-hour will open on 1 August this year, with an 11:30am start time confirmed for Sunday, April 16.

“We were pleased to offer the Australian Production Car Series an opportunity to include the event as a point scoring round of their series,” Event Director James O’Brien told Bathurst City Life.

“It makes sense for the race to double as a round of the national series as our regulations align for 2017. The enthusiasm for the 6 Hour has been very strong and it makes sense to have all levels of Production Car racing heading in the same direction.”

The revised regulations for Production Car racing include an updated vehicle eligibility list featuring several new contenders throughout the various classes – especially those looking for outright success.

The Audi TT RS moves from invited to Class A1 and is joined there by the new Audi RS3, Ford Focus RS, BMW M4 and Volkswagen Golf R.

The invited class includes the FIAT 500 Abarth racers seen in the Bathurst 12 Hour several years ago, plus Ford and Holden models complying with Saloon Car and V8 Ute Racing Series regulations.

Invitational class cars will retain a 2 minute 34 second benchmark lap time they will not be able to exceed.

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