Supercars have confirmed that the 2022 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has been rescheduled, with the event now set to be held 13-15 May.
The event was due to be held 25-27 February. Organisers made the decision to reschedule the event, given the Covid-19 situation in Australia, and the current regulations for international competitors.
Bently took the last Bathurst 12 hour win in 2020, with the 2021 event cancelled, due to travel restrictions that prevented many of the international teams travelling to the event.
“This is the best outcome for the event under the current circumstances,” Supercars Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard said.
“This new date alleviates pressure on international competitors and freight operators as well as Marshals, Officials and Volunteers who play a critical role in the success of the event every year.
“We have worked closely with Destination NSW, SRO Motorsports Group, Bathurst Regional Council, Motorsport Australia, ARG and our broadcasters to ensure this date will ensure the best outcomes for all involved and the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
“As we’ve seen, a number of high-profile teams have already committed to attending and we look forward to seeing more international competitors announce their inclusion leading into May’s new date.
“This is a win for fans who have been keen to see this event return to the Australian motorsport calendar for the last two years.”
This years event is set to be a return to the Mountain for international teams.
“I commend the determination and resilience of the event organisers in light of current challenges and thank all stakeholders for their cooperation to ensure competitors and spectators get to experience this great event at the iconic Mt Panorama circuit,” Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said.
“We will continue to support their efforts to deliver a safe, successful and spectacular event.”
Current Australian travel restrictions would compromise many entries competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli points.
“It was imperative that Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli returned to Bathurst this year, and the new May date ensures the race can go ahead without any lingering Omicron Restrictions,” Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO said.
“I applaud Supercars’ commitment to finding an alternative weekend during their busy domestic schedule and their efforts in general to stage the race.
“The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS calendar will also be rejigged to accommodate Bathurst’s change, which helps us to maintain a strong national presence.
“I am sure that some of these local entries will also receive IGTC nominations – a cornerstone of the championship’s original philosophy.”
Main image: Bathurst 12 Hour