Bathurst revs up for 24 hours of action

WITH just on three weeks to go, the circuit is on track and the local community is gearing up to join in celebrations to mark the historic Bathurst 24-Hour race 16-17 November at Mount Panorama.   Bathurst Mayor Ian Macintosh welcomed news this...

WITH just on three weeks to go, the circuit is on track and the local community is gearing up to join in celebrations to mark the historic Bathurst 24-Hour race 16-17 November at Mount Panorama.   Bathurst Mayor Ian Macintosh welcomed news this week that 52 entries have been finalised for the official starting list and said he is looking forward to a very exciting event for the city.   "The Bathurst community welcomes and supports the enthusiasm of PROCAR Australia in bringing this very special event to our region and the opportunity it gives to bring to life once again the world-famous Mtount Panorama circuit," Councillor Macintosh said.   "The city is very proud to see Mount Panorama established as part of the international 24-Hour circuit which includes Le Mans, Daytona, Nurburgring and Spa and as the home of Australia's first 24-hour race.   "With some 10 international teams lining up for the event, there is no doubt the attraction of racing at Mount Panorama has contributed to this broad field of competitors.   "Mount Panorama is not only a world-class motor racing circuit, but a national and international tourist attraction that will only benefit from the significant increase in international media exposure it will gain from this event being telecast across China, South East Asia, Europe and North America," Cr Macintosh said.

hile the drivers and their teams set up camp on the Mountain, plans are underway for a variety of events in and around the city, with Bathurst businesses and community groups keen to be part of this special event.

"The Bathurst community has traditionally welcomed all motor racing events that bring new business and new people to the city and the Bathurst 24-Hour is no exception," Cr Macintosh said.   "We hope that the drivers, teams, officials and all visitors to the city for this event have the opportunity to take a look at some of the local tourist attractions, visit local businesses and join in community celebrations for this special event."

Australia's first major international 24-Hour race, the Bathurst 24-Hour will start at 4 pm on Saturday 16 November, after day and night qualifying sessions on Friday. Support events will be a 2-Hour GTP Showroom Showdown for GTP cars, and races on Friday and Saturday for V8 Brutes and HQ Holdens. Tickets, priced from $40 for two days, can be purchased through Ticketmaster7 by phoning 1300 136 122 or visiting www.ticketmaster7.com. More information about the event is on the official website, www.bathurst24hr.com.

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