Supercars has announced that this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 will be the final round of the category’s championship for the second year in a row.
The news comes following yet another set of calendar changes, as the series continues to be hampered by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on both sides of the ditch. It recently ditched its planned rounds at Phillip Island and the Gold Coast.
The event will run over a mammoth six days, between Tuesday November 30 and Sunday December 5, as a combination of Supercars and its categories, plus the Australian Racing Group’s (ARG) categories.
The Supercars, Dunlop Super2, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, the Toyota 86 Series, TCR Australia, Touring Car Masters, S5000, GT World Challenge Australia, V8 SuperUtes, and TransAm are all set to race at the event, making for one of the largest support cards in Bathurst 1000 history.
ARC had been scheduled to run its ‘Bathurst International’ event over the weekend of December 5. Its agreement with Supercars to share the date provides the latter with a lifeline, as the series attempts to complete its championship amid a host of cancelled events.
“I would like to thank the acting Mayor North, Rob Cameron at Repco and John McMellan at ARG for their collaboration over the past few weeks to put together what might be known as the best ever Repco Bathurst 1000,” Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said.
“It’s been a tough year for motorsport fans but we’re confident this is the recipe for the best possible end to the 2021 season.”
“It is very pleasing when everyone has the same goal which was to make the sport the priority and work collaboratively to deliver something special,” added ARG Chairman John McMellan.
“We need to acknowledge the role that all of our respective sponsors played in assisting to make this happen which is reflective of their passion for the sport.
“This event will be a great opportunity to grab the family, go camping in the fresh rural air of Bathurst whilst being entertained by a truly dynamic range of motorsport.”