Promoter Australian Racing Group has added another significant event to its growing list of categories and events, with the group acquiring Yeehah Events’ share of the Bathurst 6 Hour.
The Easter long weekend will continue to be home to the event at the famous Mount Panorama circuit.
ARG has said it will ensure the Hi-Tec Oils 6 Hour will remain a production-based car event competing under the Group 3E Series Production Car rules as the drawcard race, while planning to enhance the existing event which will remain focused on local and regional categories and competitors.
Best known for their work as the promoters of TCR Australia Series, ARG said it was now an equal share partner in the 6 Hour event, alongside the Bathurst Regional Council which retains its ownership share.
ARG Director Matt Braid said the organisation was thrilled to be taking on the 6 Hour.
“ARG is thrilled to secure the Bathurst 6 Hour event,” Braid said.
“James O’Brien and his team have done a tremendous job with this event, and retaining him and his key personnel through the process will provide us with a very experienced team with outstanding knowledge, capability and experience.
“We look forward to enhancing the current 6 Hour event and, separately, to progressing our bid for the remaining fifth event which is for a clearly differentiated event and geographic reach than the 6 hour. There should be no confusion that we can or could deliver what is proposed in our current bid for the fifth event from the 6 Hour event platform.”
Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM was also excited for the event’s future.
“The Bathurst 6 Hour has continued to grow in popularity and stature in this time and we congratulate James O’Brien and Yeehah Events in establishing the event firmly on the motor racing calendar,” Cr Hanger said.
“We look forward to working with ARG as our partner and being involved in the continued growth and success of this Easter weekend event."
With the Australian Production Cars Series a key component of the event’s future, Category Manager Iain Sherrin said the future of the event was bright.
“It’s very exciting and it’s great to see ARG come in and express so much interest in the event,” Sherrin added.
“It’s great for the future of Production Cars. This race is the pinnacle of production car racing in Australian and we are pleased that this is not only secured, but enhanced by ARG.
“For the short term and the long term future, ARG’s acquisition of the 6 Hour is fantastic news.”