McElrea Racing

Bathurst 12HR Update

Ice Break Competition Motorsports has revealed the warpaint it will take into battle in next weekend’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The team’s Porsche 997 GT3R is likely to stand out among the 54-car field in its unique coffee-coloured livery, marking the ongoing support of Ice Break – the iconic Australian iced coffee beverage.

Additional support for Ice Break Competition Motorsports will come from industry-leading Australian brands Urban Maintenance Systems, Avalon Airport, Gibson Freight and Australian Sports Marketing, along with USA-based companies Wheels Up and CXC Simulations.

This year’s event will mark Ice Break Competition Motorsports’ third start in the Australian endurance classic, and its first competing in the outright Class A.

The team’s driving line-up once again consists of Porsche Motorsport factory pilot Patrick Long and USA-based Australian David Calvert-Jones, joined this year by Australian-based Kiwi Chris Pither – one of the leading drivers in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series and a long-time Ice Break brand ambassador.

Leading Porsche racing squad McElrea Racing will again join forces with USA-based Competition Motorsports to form the team’s engineering strength, bolstered this year by the addition of top-line German engineer Stefan Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer comes to the team having worked with Long for both Petersen Motorsport and Flying Lizard Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series, where the pair won three GT2 class titles together.

All three drivers recently sampled the team’s newly-acquired GT3R during a pre-Bathurst 12 Hour test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California, while Long competed in last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona for the Falken Tire Porsche team.

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour event commences with opening practice this Friday, culminating in the 14th running of the 12 Hour race which kicks off at 5:50am on Sunday and will be televised live and in its entirety for the first time on Australia’s Seven Network.