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Mountain man facing tough challenge

GOONELLABAH driver Jason Clements is facing his toughest challenge to date when he lines up in the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race next month.

The race is held at the iconic Mount Panorama racing circuit with Clements eager to impress his new teammates Anthony Gilbertson and Angus Chapel.

"Anthony gave me the call and to be able to race in this event is huge," Clements said.

"They talk about Bathurst being the holy grail and it really is for me.

"It's something you dream about as a kid and to be involved in an international event is massive.

"I've raced as an amateur driver for about 20 years and now I'm getting the chance to go up against the professionals."

Clements, 39, started out racing motorbikes and karts in Lismore as a teen.

He most recently raced in the Queensland Series of the Improved Production Touring Cars.

"I'm lucky that my name keeps popping up and I've been able to drive cars for a lot of different people," Clements said.

"It's not a cheap sport and you have to take your opportunities when they present themselves."

Clements is no stranger to Bathurst having raced in his own BMW M3 Improved Production car on the track in 2012.

He finished fourth outright against almost 100 competitors last season in the Improved Production Nationals at Morgan Park Raceway in Stanthorpe.

Clements expects to spend a minimum of three hours behind the wheel in the race next month.

"We've got the three drivers but I could spend up to five hours in the car; I just don't know yet," he said.

"This is completely different to last time I was there but I think we've got a real shot at a podium finish.

"Anthony has put a new engine in the car and is doing everything he possibly can for us to be a success. I really have to thank the guys and my family for their unwavering support."

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