The Bathurst 6 Hour production car race has secured its medium-term future thanks to a new three-year title sponsorship deal.
The 6 Hour, which effectively replaces the Bathurst 12 Hour as the biggest production car race in the country, was run and won for the first time over Easter, V8 Supercars star Chaz Mostert winning alongside Nathan Morcom in a BMW 335i.
It has now been confirmed that the event does have at the very least a medium-term future, a new deal with title sponsor Hi-Tec Oils locking the event in for an Easter date for the next three years.
“The time was right to reintroduce an endurance race for production cars at Mount Panorama and we were very pleased with the reception we received this year,” said Event Director James O’Brien.
“We now have a three-year platform on which to build this race thanks to the support of Hi-Tec Oils and the Bathurst Regional Council.
“There are a lot of manufacturers who produce vehicles that can compete in this race and hopefully this can be a catalyst to boost production car racing nationally.
“Easter and racing at Mount Panorama are synonymous. The Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour can now take its place alongside the Bathurst 1000 and Bathurst 12 Hour.”
The date is already locked in for the 2017 running, the event to take place between April 14-16. The 6 Hour will start at 11:30am local time on Easter Sunday.