Four cars, representing three of the race’s eight classes, gathered next to Sydney Harbour this morning with the Sydney Opera House on one side, and the Bridge on the other as the sun rose on a scorching Summer’s day.
A series of live weather crosses on the top-rated Breakfast show, the Seven Network’s Sunrise, were the highlight of the official commencement to the Event month – TV presenter and racer Grant Denyer showcasing his passion for all things motorsport as he enthusiastically promoted the event.
Denyer chatted with Audi R8 LMS racer Peter Conroy, plus representatives from Official event charity, Camp quality.
Perhaps best known for his V8 Supercar success, notably in the Development Series, Denyer also has a strong history with the 12 Hour having finished second in the 2008 race, sharing a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo with Tony and Klark Quinn.
He returned in 2009 with the same team however mechanical gremlins put them out of the race just before the 100th lap.
A strong presence from Liqui-Moly Australia showcased the brand’s Sydney base and their growing involvement with the February 8-10 Event.
As well as Conroy’s Audi R8 LMS, Tony Quinn’s Ferrari 458 GT3 and a Lotus Exige from Simply Sports Cars were also on show.
The official event safety car – a spectacularly liveried Nissan GTR, also provided by Tony Quinn – was also showcased to the public for the first time resplendent in a stunning Darrell Lea livery.
The confectionery maker will sponsor the Safety Car for the duration of the event, with an official announcement to be made next week.
Organisers would like to thank Tony Quinn, Peter Conroy, Simply Sports Cars, Liqui-Moly, Camp Quality and Channel Seven and the Sunrise team for making the event happen.