The 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge-opening event, the Bathurst 12 Hour, has been confirmed for the weekend of January 31-2 February.
2020’s event, will revert back to a three-day meeting after an extension to four days was trialled this year. The ‘Town to Track’ run with a selection of cars will return, however, with cars to drive from the circuit into the City of Bathurst and back on the Thursday.
This news comes with the announcement that the event organisers have extended their partnership with SRO for a further three years.
The 2020 weekend though, does clash with the 2020 FIA WEC meeting at Sao Paulo, which is sure to pose an issue for some of the regular GTE Pro/Am drivers who also participate in Bathurst each year.
“Plans are already well underway for the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and we are pleased to once again lock in the event’s position at the beginning of the Australian motorsport calendar,” said event director Kurt Sakzewski.
“There will be three days of on-track activity which will be preceded by the return of ‘Town to Track’ which proved hugely popular this year. We are already working with the Bathurst Regional Council to expand on the concept for next year and make it bigger and better than ever.
“Our relationship with the SRO Motorsports Group has been ongoing for some time and it was natural to extend and grow that partnership.
“The growth of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, presented by Pirelli, has been exciting and Bathurst has been part of it since the beginning. Manufacturers see the value in participating in such a global series and continue to do so.
“Next year we are expecting to see new or upgraded models from McLaren, Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin at Bathurst for the first time, plus the potential of other brands yet to tackle Australia’s International Endurance race making their debut.”
Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger OAM welcomed the date announcement.
“The reputation of this event continues to grow and the Liqui-Moly 12 Hour has established itself as a must-do event for many of the world’s major motorsport brands. We are ready to welcome them to both the Mount as they take on the iconic circuit and into the heart of the city with the return of the ‘Town to Track’ event.”