Drivers ready for 36-hour endurance epic

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A HUGE cross-section of Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour drivers will tackle the toughest double-act in global Sports Car racing this week.

Dubbed the Daytona-Bathurst 36, the next week not only encompasses the annual Bathurst classic but the traditional season-opener in the USA – the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

22 drivers will do double-duties, which for many includes leaving Daytona early on Monday morning following the 24-hour race and flying to Sydney; generally arriving Wednesday morning, Australian time.

While three drivers will race Prototypes in the DPi / LMP2 outright class, a majority of the 12-hour runners are in GT cars on the Daytona banking.

The list includes double 12-hour winner Chris Mies, former polesitter Laurens Vanthoor and podium finisher Jeroen Bleekemolen.

However it’s not just drivers that will be involved in both events; several members of the broadcast team and members of the media also cover both.

You can follow the Rolex 24 at Daytona via coverage on IMSA Radio, led by Bathurst 12 hour caller John Hindhaugh.

Here’s the full list of drivers set to tackle both races this week:

Robin Frijns – Jackie Chan DCR Jota Oreca LMP2

Romain Dumas – CORE Autosport Oreca LMP2

Tristan Vautier – Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac DPi

Augusto Farfus – BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTLM

Philipp Eng – BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTLM

Frederic Makowiecki – Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

Laurens Vanthoor – Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

Earl Bamber – Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

Kelvin van der Linde – Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3

Christopher Mies – Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3

Jeroen Bleekemolen – Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3

Luca Stolz – Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3

Markus Winkelhock – Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3

Paul Dalla Lana – Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3

Pedro Lamy – Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3

Mathias Lauda – Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3

Patrick Long – Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R

Kenny Habul – SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3

Alvaro Parente – Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3

Come Ledogar – Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3

Tim Pappas – Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R

Cameron Lawrence – Liqui-Moly Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3