Bathurst will be home to a spectacular new event at the end of 2020, with the Bathurst International confirmed to take place in November or December next year.
A bumper field of world class drivers from both Australian and overseas are expected to take part across an exciting range of proposed categories including TCR, Trans Am 2 muscle cars, heritage muscle cars, LMP3 sports cars and new open-wheelers, S5000.
The new global event is a joint venture between the Australian Racing Group, CAMS (which will rebrand to Motorsport Australia in 2020) and the Bathurst Regional Council.
Australian Racing Group Director Matt Braid was thrilled to welcome another high profile international event to the Australian motor sport calendar.
“The Australian Racing Group is pleased to announce our Bathurst International event at Mount Panorama,” Braid said.
“This event was presented as a true opportunity to bring a new International focus to Bathurst. Up to now there has been limited opportunities for international drivers to compete at Australia’s best race track in cars they are used to racing in their home series’.
“With the variety of categories on offer at the event, and a date that comes after most global series have concluded means the Bathurst International will see international drivers, teams and their cars compete head to head with Australia best drivers across multiple races over the event weekend.”
All of the categories competing at Bathurst will be non-championship or series races, meaning that each competitor can compete flat out, aiming to be the International King of the Mountain.
Bathurst Mayor Bobby Bourke was excited by the plans for the Bathurst International.
“We are excited to partner with ARG to bring this exciting new event featuring a range of cars and drivers from all over the world to Mount Panorama,” Cr Bourke said.
“An event of this calibre will bring an international focus to the racing circuit not seen before.
“Mount Panorama has a reputation as one of the best racing circuits in the world. The international exposure of this event will elevate Mount Panorama’s prestige and showcase the racing circuit and Bathurst to a global audience.”
More information on the event is available at bathurst.international