The organisers of the Bathurst 12 Hour have announced a number of changes that are set to be introduced next January. These changes induce the addition of a minimum pit stop time and limits on stint length for drivers.
A minimum pit stop time will be enforced throughout the race. Teams are given one joker for the first six hours of the race and another joker for the race’s last six hours. These joker stops will have no minimum time and have been included to “allow for strategies to remain flexible throughout the race,” the organizers said.
Stint lengths will be limited to 65-minutes and drivers will not be permitted to complete more than two consecutive stints. In addition to the limit on stint lengths, drivers must be given one-hour rest period before they allowed back in the car.
Finally, teams will have to complete at least one technical pit stop before the race’s final hour. This stop can be no shorter than four minutes in length and is intended to allow teams time to change brakes without being pushed against the clock. The Spa 24 Hours has a similar regulation mandating technical pit stops.
The organizers said the decision to add these extra regulations was done to “further bring the race into line with European rules.” Some of these regulations are already a part of the competition in other races in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, of which Bathurst is the opening round.
The class structure has also received a rework. Class A, the headlining GT3 class, will now run with a Silver Cup for teams of all silver drivers. Class A Pro and Class A Pro-AM remain unchanged.
Class B, which was designated for Porsche Cup cars has been significantly changed. Porsche Cup cars will no longer be eligible for the Bathurst 12 Hours, instead Lamborghini Super Trofeo cars will represent Class B. Super Trofeo cars run in regional series in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Class C, for GT4-spec cars, and the Invitational Class are unchanged.
The 2020 Bathurst 12 Hours is set for January 31 – February 2, though it clashes with the WEC’s Six Hours of Sau Paulo in Brazil. Bathurst remains the opening round for the IGTC and their 2020 season.
Entries for the 2020 running of the race are now officially open.