Living in the good ole US of A we might be accustomed to seeing the Corvette C6.R’s tearing around the track and regularly dominating GT car races, but there are places where late model Corvettes are something of an “exotic”. Take for example Australia, where they might have a ton of Holdens roaming the race circuit, but very few of our lightweight two-seater Corvettes. We recently came across a story on OZ Racing Wrap highlighting an Aussie race team that uses a C6 Z06 as their weapon of choice in the Australian GT series, and how they are making their preparations for the upcoming Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race, that is held every year at the Mount Panorama Circuit, in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.
The team’s Captain and owner of the Z06 is a gent named Paul Freestone, who has had quite a bit of success in past Australian GT car championships, winning his class twice. The Freestone Z06 stands alone as the only American car in the Bathurst 12 Hour, as the field is dominated by German and Japanese manufacturers. At last year’s Bathurst 12 Hour the Freestone team reportedly had a bit of trouble with the Corvette’s fuel system and “unique transaxle design” during practice, and managed to finish 17th overall, and second in their class behind a BMW M3. To prevent any reoccurrences of last year’s problems, the Freestone team stripped the Z06 down to its bare shell, and spent some time getting to know every inch of the car as they pieced it back together even better than before.
The Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race will be held this year on February 26th and will be aired on SPEED in Australia.