Triple Eight reveals 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour colours
Will Brown to make Triple Eight debut in February's race
Brown joins Broc Feeney, Mikaël Grenier in #888 Mercedes
Triple Eight Race Engineering has revealed its Pro entry livery for the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour, with Will Brown scoring an early competitive debut for the team.
Incoming Triple Eight driver Brown will race the team’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Broc Feeney and Canadian star Mikaël Grenier.
The entry, complete with the team’s famous #888, will be backed by National Storage, a leading self-storage provider and long-term partner of Triple Eight.
The Mercedes livery is headlined by National Storage’s yellow and black corporate colours. The #888 entry also features support from Mercedes-AMG, LIQUI MOLY, Rotiform, Pilatus, Peak Marketing and OMP.
The team is hunting Bathurst 12 Hour glory after a run from second to fifth in the 2023 race by Feeney, Shane van Gisbergen and Maximilian Götz.
A year earlier, Feeney and van Gisbergen raced to third with Prince Jefri Ibrahim, who scored a Pro-Am class podium in 2023 with Jamie Whincup and Richie Stanaway.
For Feeney and Brown, the 12 Hour is part of a two-week assault on Mount Panorama, which will host the Supercars season opener, the Thrifty Bathurst 500, the following weekend.
“The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of my favourite events of the year, so I can’t wait to get back there,” Feeney said.
“The National Storage car looks awesome and I can’t wait to see it around the Mountain. I’ve been using the off season to try and get as fit as possible, and we have a test day coming up along with some Supercars preparation, so there’s going to be plenty happening over the coming weeks.
“Having back-to-back events at the Mountain is going to be awesome. If I could race at Bathurst every week I would, so to do two in-a-row in some pretty cool cars is exciting. I love driving these GT cars and Bathurst is the best track for it.
“It’s exciting to have Will on the team for his first event with Triple Eight as well. To have a weekend working with him before we get to the first Supercars event is going to be pretty crucial. To have someone like Mikaël and his experience join us is going to be invaluable as well.
“Last year, we qualified on the front row which was awesome, but we lacked in the race, so hopefully a bit more experience from myself and the team with these cars will help, and the goal is to be right up there at the end of the race against some super-fast guys in the field.
“It’s going to be challenging, but that’s why I love this race – you race against the best guys in the world on home soil.”
Brown, who last competed at the 12 Hour in 2022, added: “It’s been great here at Triple Eight so far. It’s obviously a massive change for me this year moving teams, and now doing the Bathurst 12 Hour, it’s a lot to take in very early in the year.
“It’s not my first time at the 12 Hour, but it’s going to be my first race with Triple Eight. It allows myself to work closely with the team before we get to the first Supercars event the weekend after.
"So even though we’re going there to try and win the 12 Hour, it’s a great way for me to familiarise myself with the entire team.
“Broc has done a lot of miles in these GT cars; we’ve seen what he’s done in Asia which is really cool. I haven’t done as much so I’m definitely going to be looking at his footage and data, but we have a test day coming up so it will be great to learn from him and the team then.”
The 2024 Repco Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on February 16-18. Tickets are on sale now.