The eyes of world motorsport will be fixed on Bathurst late in 2020 after a spectacular launch of the newest motorsport event at Mount Panorama today.
To be known as the Bathurst International, the event will feature the best collection of global motor racing categories including TCR Series touring cars, modern Trans Am muscle cars, heritage muscle cars, LMP3 sports cars and the locally-manufactured open wheel class S5000.
The inaugural Bathurst International event is planned to be held late November/early December, 2020 (subject to confirmation of international racing category calendars).
The new global event is a joint venture between the Australian Racing Group, Motorsport Australia (CAMS) and the Bathurst Regional Council.
The TCR event will feature Australian and New Zealand teams, drivers and cars taking on the best that the world has to offer in a 500km, two driver feature race.
TCR teams from around the globe will be invited to compete at the one-off, non-point race, with a capacity field of 55 two-litre touring cars racing for the ultimate prize.
The S5000s hit the Australian motorsport scene in spectacular style at Sandown recently. The V8-powered open wheelers proved a huge hit for fans and will offer a rare opportunity for drivers to compete at the famous mountain circuit in a pure race car.
A number of high-profile drivers from around the world will be invited to take part in the S5000 event at Bathurst, pitching international stars against the best of Australasia.
For the first time, Trans Am 2 cars from Australia and abroad will have their own race at Mount Panorama, featuring Mustangs, Camaros and Dodge Challengers.
The Trans Am 2 cars currently compete with big fields in Australia, the United States and Asia and will offer teams and drivers from anywhere in the world the opportunity to race their cost-effective modern muscle cars at one of the revered race tracks in the world.
Adding to the muscle theme will be a mix of heritage muscle cars from around the globe, led by Australia’s homegrown Touring Car Masters category. In a throwback to the greats of the past, race cars that fit the criteria will have the chance to relive their glory days.
The locally-run Touring Car Masters scene will be joined by similar entries from New Zealand and the United States, making for a truly global, retro category.
The awesome LMP3 sports cars will bring modern machinery to the fore. It will be the first time that the closed cockpit prototype racers will compete at Mount Panorama, offering LMP3 entries from all across the world the chance to be the first to drive the sports cars on the 6.213km track.
All of the categories competing at Bathurst will be non-championship or series races, meaning that each competitor can compete flat out, aiming to be the International King of the Mountain.