The event schedule, TV deal and poster for the 2020 running of the Bathurst 12 Hour, the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season, have been revealed.
The schedule for race week features a surprise addition, with demonstration sessions for a field of classic Group C Sports Cars from the 1980s. The Group C Machinery will take to the track once on Friday and then for a pair of 15-minute sessions on Saturday.
Three support categories, Aussie Racing Cars, Group S Historic Sports Cars and Combined Sedans and more than six hours of track time for 12-hour cars prior to the race on Sunday make for a packed programme.
Practice for the 12-Hour itself commences on Friday morning with a 30-minute session for all-comers, excluding platinum and gold-ranked drivers competing in Class A. That session is then followed immediately by a further one-hour of practice for all entrants.
Practice 3 will likely see teams begin to simulate qualifying while the fourth session on Friday will likely see conditions close to the Shootout on Saturday afternoon.
The fifth and final practice session will be held on Saturday morning and see teams complete a final systems-check before qualifying takes over the schedule later that day.
To be held across two parts, a 45-minute session for all cars will be immediately followed by a 30-minute session for Class A cars only to determine who progresses through to the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout that afternoon. The Shootout will commence just after 5 PM local time on Saturday.
As per tradition, the 12 Hour itself commences at 5:45 am on Sunday morning, 2 February.
How can you watch it? The entire race will be broadcast for the first time on Fox Sports with a simulcast on Seven Network, as part of a new broadcast deal.
Additionally, support races, Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying and the Pirelli Top 10 Shootout will also be shown Live, Exclusive and ad-break free on Fox Sports on Foxtel and Kayo on Saturday 1 February for the first time.
International audiences can watch the race live and free via streaming on the Bathurst 12 Hour website.
The Radio Show Ltd. team will once again join the coverage to be aired in Australia and New Zealand live on TV, and around the world via the live stream. The return of the RSL team will ensure the race also continues to be broadcast live via radiolemans.com.
Finally, the event poster has also been shown off (featured above) and it’s a stunner! Race-goers can secure one of a limited-edition 2020 event poster by purchasing their event tickets prior to January 1st.