A handful of fans will be allowed into this year’s Bathurst 1000 with 4000 tickets going on sale for the event.
Camping is banned for this year’s race and the limited spectators will only be allowed into the bottom of the circuit along the main straight and into Turn 1.
Last year was the fifth event in a row that over 200,000 petrolheads flocked to Bathurst, slightly down on 2018’s event which brought in the second-highest tally of all-time with 206,750 fans.
This year Bathurst will be the only endurnace race and will double-up as the season finale, the first time it will conclude a calendar since 2000.
After a week of confusion, the Super2 Series has been confirmed to support the event with a pair of sprint races.
“Whilst we are disappointed that we can’t have a full crowd at Bathurst, we’re delighted to offer even limited attendance,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“A racetrack like Mount Panorama is not as easy as a stadium to prepare in a COVID-19 compliant way due to the lack of dedicated seating.
“We thank the NSW Government and Bathurst Regional Council for their ongoing support of the event and for working with us on a plan that will allow fans the opportunity to see a new king of the mountain and championship winner crowned on October 18.
“We understand a number of fans will be disappointed that camping and normal ticketing opportunities are not available this year, however the safety of everyone attending the event is our main concern at all times.”
“Council is pleased that the 2020 event is able to proceed and while it will look very different to previous years with limited crowd numbers, we appreciate the work that has gone into planning for a COVID-safe event by Supercars and the various government agencies,” added Bathurst Regional Council Mayor, Cr Bobby Bourke.
“The Bathurst 1000 is an iconic event worldwide and to be able to proceed in 2020 is a credit to all involved.”
This year’s Bathurst 1000 has been pushed back a week and will take place on October 18.
The Supercars Championship kicks back into gear this weekend for the Repco SuperSprint at the Bend Motorsport.
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