Media reports emerging from Australia paint a bleak picture for the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship (VASC) looks for its recovery strategy from the current COVID19 crisis.
That though is not the full picture.
In common with all other racing Championships, Supercars is looking to restructure its calendar to return to normal running as soon as possible.
That revised calendar looks set to be published in the coming hours with a race reportedly slated for Bathurst in the early part of 2021 serving as the 2020 season finale.
That has the potential to impact on the Bathurst 12 Hour, planned once again as the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2021, both as local statutes restrict the number of events that can be held at Mount Panorama, the circuit composed mainly of public roads, and because the issue of permitting international travel, a key factor in the highly international nature of the 12 Hour, is currently undecided as the crisis continues.
Reports of the demise of the 12 Hour enduro for 2021 though are understood to be premature – there has been no statement whatsoever from Supercars as yet (which holds the rights to both events).
All options are therefore current still currently very much on the table, including the potential for the VASC and IGTC events to share a weekend as a double-header if government travel restrictions permit the GT event to go ahead.