Thursday, Sep 19 04:39pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

ARG beats Supercars to fifth Bathurst event

The Australian Racing Group (ARG) have been selected by the Bathurst Regional Council to host a fifth event at Mount Panorama.

It means hopes for an event similar to the Goodwood Festival of Speed will not take place as previously pitched by Virgin Australia Supercars Championship organizers.

Mayor of Bathurst Cr Bobby Bourke said he was excited about what ARG proposed, which will see a new set of classes race debut at the circuit.

The TCR Australia Series and S5000 will headline the event slated for December alongside Touring Car Masters, TA2 and LMP3.

The TCR element is expected to be an endurance-style event, possibly up to 500 km.

“We’re excited about the prospect of seeing new cars and drivers lining up to tackle the challenging circuit,” Bourke said.

“Council undertook a detailed tender process to select the successful bid and we’re confident the fifth event will bring dedicated motorsport fans to the circuit in December each year as well as attract new fans to the sport.”

Matt Braid, Director of the Australian Racing Group, said he’s looking forward to next year.

“Mount Panorama is an iconic racing circuit that is revered in Australia and throughout the rest of the world,” he said.

“We look forward to bringing a significant international focus to Bathurst with competitors coming from all over the world to race in the S5000, TCR, Touring Car Masters, LMP3 and TA2 categories in what will be the grand finale of the global motorsport calendar each year.”

“ARG and CAMS wish to thank the Bathurst Regional Council for their support and endorsement of our event, and we look forward to working with the Council and the Bathurst community to make this one of the most spectacular events for motorsport fans in Australia and across the globe.”

The December date will be the second event for ARG at the circuit. The promotion group already runs the 6 Hours of Bathurst production car race.