Plans have been confirmed for Supercars to run a celebrity Eseries event around a virtual Mount Panorama.
A number of trans-Tasman athletes from various sporting codes have already been locked in for the May 12 showdow, including interest from some of New Zealand’s top Rugby talent.
“We’re putting together a list of people who we want to include for a celebrity race,” said Nathan Prendergast, Supercars General Manager Television and Content.
“Essentially the plan is to get our friends from other sporting codes and anyone who is keen to come and play with us.
“We’ve got interest from a couple of people in the All Blacks, so far locked in we have an AFL grand final representative, we’ve got two Australian cricketers, we’ve got a couple of team owners and we’ve got some Supercars television people involved.
“So, there’s about a dozen already on the list and we’re looking to get a couple from the NRL as well, anyone who really is interested in having a run.”
The Eseries has already played host to several motorsport icons from around the globe, including Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen, 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power and NASCAR legend Joey Lagano.
One of the more attractive headlines will be the race is set to be contested on the admired Bathurst circuit.
“It’s iconic, everyone wants to run at Bathurst,” Prendergast explained.
“Yes it’s hard but to race at Bathurst, there’s an appeal in that.
“We’re going to turn off damage and let them have fun.
“It’s not meant to be a tough competition, it’s just a chance for a bit of exposure for our fellow sporting codes and anyone else who wants to play with us.”
A full grid of confirmed starters is expected to be announced shortly.
But before then the next round of the official BP Supercars All Star Eseries will take place on the Spa-Francorchamps venue, home of the Belgian Grand Prix, and will get underway from 8 pm NZT next Wednesday.