Bathurst 24-Hour race news 2004-05-21

24-Hour Race looking stronger following Council talks The likelihood of a Bathurst 24-Hour race running in November this year is much stronger following a very positive meeting between Bathurst City Council and PROCAR...

24-Hour Race looking stronger following Council talks

The likelihood of a Bathurst 24-Hour race running in November this year is much stronger following a very positive meeting between Bathurst City Council and PROCAR representatives yesterday.

Bathurst Mayor Councillor Kath Knowles said representatives of the Board of PROCAR Australia are working with the Council to see that this world-class event continues for a third year.

"A number of options are being considered at the moment that look very positive for the immediate future of the event," Cr Knowles said.

"For the benefit of the city and the future of the extensive redevelopment project at Mount Panorama, Council is committed to doing what it can to see that the Bathurst 24-Hour race does go ahead.

"There has been a significant level of international recognition achieved in only two years of the event and Council would like to see that its investment on behalf of the people of Bathurst continues to grow.

"Both State and Federal Governments have also made a significant investment in the future of Mount Panorama and it is important that Council does what it can to see that events that support ongoing tourism business in the Bathurst region, like the 24-Hour race, are given the best chance to succeed."

PROCAR Chief Executive Officer Frank Slowiak said the company was keen to provide ongoing support for the event where possible.

"It would be a very positive thing for the region and indeed the nation if the 24-Hour could be allowed to continue to reach the potential PROCAR founder Ross Palmer could see it becoming when he developed the concept almost three years ago," Mr Slowiak said.

"The Bathurst 24-Hour is a unique event that last year was broadcast to a worldwide audience in 100 countries and attracted seven international teams and 15 international media outlets - in only the second year."

The third Bathurst 24-Hour is scheduled provisionally for 19-21 November.

-procar.au-

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