Hollywood star Eric Bana has announced he will race at this year's Bathurst 1000

Australian movie star and renowned motorsport enthusiast Eric Bana has confirmed that he will race in next month’s Bathurst 12 hour endurance race.

He will race the hallowed mountain’s track with his old friend Peter Hill and former Australian GT regular, Simon Middleton, in a Lamborghini Gallardo.

The 45-year-old Melbourne born actor (pictured left) is best known for his roles as Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, as well his work in films such as Black Hawk Down, The Hulk and more recently, Munich and the acclaimed documentary, Love the Beast.

This is not his first time on the mountain, however; Bana has raced here twice before (2009 and 2011) and is looking forward to a third in the No. 99 Lamborghini Gallardo LP520.

Eric Bana“I can’t wait to get back to the circuit,” he said recently. “The car is fantastic to drive, and the thought of competing once again with a couple of mates at this event is very exciting.

“I am thrilled that my calendar has allowed me to once again test myself at one of the worlds most demanding circuits."

The trio’s Lamborghini will not be competing for outright honours this year, however, as they will be racing in Class B while the other international competitors battle it out in Class A. This doesn’t seem to faze Bana.

“We are there to have some serious fun among an incredible line up of International A-Level Endurance Teams and Drivers.”

It being the opening round of the Australian GT Series Championship, the Bathurst 12 Hour will also see V8 Supercar drivers very well represented, along with the 2013 GT Champions Erebus Motorsport back with two SLS AMG Mercedes’.

Among the team’s impressive line up, the German AMG GT3s will driven by DTM champion and former F1 racer Bernd Schneider and Erebus’ newest addition to the team, Will Davison.

Fellow V8 Supercars racers Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright, Tony D’Alberto, Dean Canto and Dean Fiore are all also racing over the February weekend on Mt Panorama.

Nissan are also back for the first time in a factory-backed charge since 1992 in the formidable GT-R, with Rick Kelly leading the team of sports car racer Alex Buncombe, Japanese SuperGT pilot Katsumasa Chiyo and 2012 GT Academy Europe winner Wolfgang Reip.

Former Grand Prix driver Mika Salo is another high profile driver who will join the event in a Ferrari F458 Italia GT3.

Next year may see Bana hit the circuit again, with his good mate Mark Webber tantalizingly hinting on Twitter that he will pair up with Bana and Olympic Rowing Champion James Tomkins next year in a Porsche.

This year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is on from February 7-9.

Images via Chatterbusy and Motorsport.com

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