NISSAN privateer Brett Hobson remains optimistic that he will return to the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour grid in 2018.
Sydney-based Hobson Motorsport entered a two-car GT-R team in the 2017 race using cars purchased from the USA-based Always Evolving team, however the weekend turned to disaster just after the 200-lap mark when the car Hobson shared with Erik Davis and Fred Poordad was written off in a heavy crash at the top of Mount Panorama.
The sister car, driven by Chris Pither, Adrian Flack and Daniel Bilski were ultimately classified in 31st position after completing 200 laps, despite a myriad of issues throughout the day.
With one car out of action and the other requiring significant repairs following this year’s race, Hobson has sat out a majority of the season however returned to the circuit yesterday at the annual Challenge Bathurst event.
The Sydneysider – who with wife Laura welcomed a new baby to the family just two weeks ago – said he is still assessing his situation before committing to 2018 plans.
“The situation is that we swapped to GWR (Garth Walden Racing) this year and they’ve helped us come down this weekend and have some fun,” he said.
“Moving forward, we’ll see where GT is at next year and we want to do the sprint series as a single diver scenario.
“We’d love to do the Bathurst 12 Hour but we don’t want to be in a position where we’ve got to chase drivers ’til the last minute. If we can’t get anything confirmed we won’t do it – I’ll try and chase a drive with someone else, in that case.”
Hobson said the 2017 event proved that the team would be competitive, with a storming opening stint of the race a highlight of their weekend.
“The disappointing thing with this year was I didn’t get much time in the car – I think I got five laps in all the sessions because they were trying to get other guys up to speed. That first stint, I think we started about 27th, and getting up to 8th when I handed it over it was all looking good.
“For me, I want to have a go and prove a bit of a point that I’m not washed up!
“After what happened, and having a car sitting in a container out the back of your house because it’s an absolute throw-away, I don’t want to be in that position again,” he added when looking towards the 2018 event.
“If everything is locked away within a reasonable time frame we’ll do it, 100%.”