BATHURST FESTIVAL TO REVIVE THE 12-HOUR Following the success of the inaugural WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival last Easter event organisers have today announced that the 2007 Festival will incorporate a 12-hour production car ...
BATHURST FESTIVAL TO REVIVE THE 12-HOUR
Following the success of the inaugural WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival last Easter event organisers have today announced that the 2007 Festival will incorporate a 12-hour production car race.
The 2007 event will be held over Easter, April 6-8 2007, with a strong focus remaining on the history of the traditional Easter meeting and incorporating demonstrations from cars of all eras.
Since the running of this year's inaugural event there has been a universal call from all parts of the motorsport fraternity for production car racing to return to the famous Mount Panorama circuit and the Easter Festival is the perfect fit to incorporate such an event.
"This year's Festival was very much a learning experience for everyone involved as it was a completely new concept but it was pleasing to see the support we received," said Event Director James O'Brien.
"Now it's time to improve and build on the product we have created by incorporating the cars of today in the form of a production car race with the cars of yesteryear which will still be a major feature of the Festival."
Bathurst Regional Council Mayor, Norm Mann, is delighted to have the 12-hour production car race return to Mount Panorama and believes the race will assist the Festival to develop into a major event on the Australian motorsport calendar.
"After the success of the 2006 Motor Festival the council is excited by the new attraction of the 12-hour race to the event which we're looking to continue to grow and build upon for many years to come," said Cr Mann.
While details are still being finalised for the 12-hour production car race, eligible classes will be announced prior to July 31. It is anticipated that there will be three support categories racing throughout the Festival, which will be announced prior to August 31, alongside the historical demonstrations and displays which remains as a major focus for event organisers.
The 12-hour production car race was contested at Bathurst on four occasions, the last of which in 1994 was won by Network Ten personality Neil Crompton and the late Gregg Hansford in their Mazda Rx-7.
The revival of the 12-hour race has also received the support from the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS).
"The prospect of an event of this type has been enthusiastically supported by the manufacturers at a recent Production Car forum held in May. We now look forward to them embracing the marketing opportunities of Production Car racing and assisting in providing a quality field at this hallmark event," said Graeme Emerton, Chairman of the CAMS Australian Motor Racing Commission.
In the few months since the inaugural event was staged O'Brien has received significant support from a range of manufacturers for the 2007 Festival and beyond.
"It has always been our vision to include a variety of manufacturers in the Festival, as it provides a perfect platform to present their products to a captive audience at the home of Australian motorsport," said O'Brien.
"Over the past few months I've received significant of interest from manufacturers who have shown their support and are committed to next year's Festival. We will be consulting with manufacturers over the next four weeks to finalise classes and ensure a broad involvement and level playing field in the 12-hour race."
Further announcements will be made over the coming months regarding the 2007 WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival, which is promoted and managed by a joint venture between the Bathurst Regional Council and Global Entertainment Team Pty Ltd.
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