THE official entry form, event timetable and other essential information on November's international Bathurst 24-Hour motor race have been published by organiser PROCAR Australia. The Supplementary Regulations now being distributed to ...
THE official entry form, event timetable and other essential information on November's international Bathurst 24-Hour motor race have been published by organiser PROCAR Australia.
The Supplementary Regulations now being distributed to intending competitors from Australia and overseas specify details such as procedures for the rolling start of up to 83 cars at 4 pm on Saturday 16 November and the number of hours each driver is allowed to race.
Total prize money will be $108,000, with the winning team receiving $10,000.
Prizes and trophies will be given to first, second and third outright and for first, second and third in each of 10 classes, or Groups, for cars of different types.
The Bathurst 24-Hour, to be covered live by the national Seven Network, will be the climax of a five-day program at Mount Panorama.
The event will feature racing over three days, with a two-hour mini-enduro for GT Production Cars and sprint races for V8 BRutes and Holden HQ sedans.
After an administration day on Wednesday 13 November, on-track action will start on Thursday with a two-hour night qualifying session for 24-Hour competitors.
Over Thursday and Friday, 24-Hour drivers will have a total of five-and-a-half hours' qualifying time, including four hours at night.
Teams must have at least three drivers, but no more than four. Each driver will be allowed to race for up to three hours at a time and for a maximum of nine hours.
The entry deadline for the Bathurst 24-Hour is 30 September. The entry form is on page 27 of the Supplementary Regulations, which are available to download in PDF format from the official event website at www.bathurst24hr.com.
CAMS TO APPROVE INTERNATIONAL LICENCES
AUSTRALIAN drivers seeking to meet the international licence requirements of the Bathurst 24-Hour race will be able to demonstrate their skills to a specially-convened panel at next month's Sandown 500 in Melbourne.
Governing body the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport will provide the panel of former racing drivers and experienced driving trainers to observe competitors who need to have their national C4 CAMS licences upgraded to international level.
The Special Observation Panel will short-circuit the usual process for international upgrades, which requires drivers to be observed at five meetings on at least two different circuits.
With just 15 weeks to go until the Bathurst 24-Hour, many Australian drivers - particularly those who are irregular competitors - would have little opportunity to compete at five race meetings.
Bathurst organiser PROCAR Australia said CAMS had been extremely cooperative in agreeing to establish the Special Observation Panel.
The Sandown 500 on 8 September at Sandown International Motor Raceway in Melbourne will feature cars in the Nations Cup Group One and Group Two and GT Performance categories, all of which will be eligible for the Bathurst 24-Hour.