Rubens Barrichello’s debut at Mount Panorama is in serious doubt as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Barrichello had originally signed a deal for a two-race appearance in the Australian S5000 series, beginning at the season-opener at Albert Park in March and at the Bathurst International event in November.
The Albert Park round was cut short due to the cancellation of Australian Grand Prix, and is now unlikely to attend the November event at Bathurst due to travel restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic.
Australian Racing Group boss Matt Braid conceded that it is unlikely that the major international names are unlikely to make the event due to the restrictions.
“We have 14 cars available and we had two, and potentially up to four, internationals that were looking to come out for that event.
“Our view is that they’re looking unlikely, even though we’re in contact with them on a daily basis and they’re champing at the bit to come out – and who wouldn’t to race those cars at Bathurst. But I think logistics and restrictions will probably beat us.
“We’re probably looking at 12 cars as the logical number, if we take out two for the wildcards that are probably not going to eventuate. It could be as high as 14 if we get some other local entrants that want to participate. But realistically I think 12 cars will be the likely number.”
Braid also made mention that the cars are still to be approved for racing around Mount Panorama on safety grounds.
“S5000 will be running at Bathurst. We’ve got confirmation from Motorsport Australia, and that’s been in place for some time now.
“The cars will definitely be running at Bathurst and are approved to run at Bathurst. We’re good to go.”