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The Australian Racing Group has confirmed that the inaugural Bathurst International will be held on November 13-15 this year.
The brand-new event, launched in spectacular style at the famous regional New South Wales circuit late last year, has locked in its own unique mid-November date that will allow drivers and teams from all around the world the chance to compete at one of the most revered race tracks on the planet.
The November 13-15 date is clear of all five domestic championships and series that will compete in the Bathurst International, including all major TCR Series events and LMP3 races.
ARG is also pleased to confirm that the TCR Series cars will compete in a stand-alone 500km race, set to become a jewel in the crown of all international TCR events.
The Bathurst TCR 500 will see each car entered with two drivers, bringing market relevant endurance touring car racing back to the famous mountain circuit.
The TCR 500 is just one of five global categories competing at the Bathurst International, along with races for LMP3 prototype sports cars, heritage muscle cars (including Australia’s popular Touring Car Masters), Trans Am 2 racers and the all-new S5000 open wheelers that will see their thunderous V8 roar at the mountain.
Confirmation of the date comes on the back of the news that the Seven Network will bring motorsport back to its screens in 2020, televising the Shannons Championships as well as the Bathurst International event.
All race categories that compete at the Bathurst International will receive live and free broadcasting on Australia’s number one channel, as well as live streaming around the world on 7Plus, Seven’s digital offering.
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.
The Bathurst International is a joint venture between the Australian Racing Group and the Bathurst Regional Council. ARG and BRC are also joining forces for the Bathurst 6 Hour in April this year.
Matt Braid-CEO, Australian Racing Group
“It is exciting to confirm the date for the inaugural Bathurst International, and we are very pleased with the final outcome,” said Matt Braid.
“There were a number of categories that we have racing that we needed to wait for, and this date represents the best chance for drivers and teams from around the world to race at the iconic Mount Panorama.
“The mid-November date gives everyone a long lead time to arrange their calendars and logistics. We know that all of the local competitors in TCR, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am are looking forward to it, and we know that many international guests will do whatever they can to try and knock them off in their own backyard.”
Cr Bobby Bourke-Bathurst Mayor
“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,” said Bobby Bourke.
“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.”
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