A 24-HOUR race for international sports and touring cars could be staged at Bathurst's Mount Panorama circuit in November if current negotiations are successful. Motorsport promoter PROCAR Australia today confirmed a report that it is planning...
A 24-HOUR race for international sports and touring cars could be staged at Bathurst's Mount Panorama circuit in November if current negotiations are successful.
Motorsport promoter PROCAR Australia today confirmed a report that it is planning the race for 23-24 November, with the world-famous track the preferred venue.
PROCAR Chairman Ross Palmer said he hoped to get approval for a field of 83 starters from Australia, Europe, the United States, Japan and New Zealand.
Negotiations have been under way for several months with the Bathurst City Council and Confederation of Australian Motorsport.
"Our own logistical planning is well advanced, but it's fair to say there are some outside issues still to be settled," Mr Palmer said.
"For instance, the pits and other facilities at Mount Panorama would need upgrading to accommodate such a large field and we must come to terms with the needs of residents on the inside of the track, which is usually a public road.
"Bathurst remains our preferred option as it's a challenging track that many international drivers will jump at the chance to try. However, we have also been in discussions with other tracks in case we can't achieve what we need at Bathurst."
The race is being planned on the lines of a similar event in Germany, the ADAC 24-Hour at the Nurburgring circuit. Mr Palmer is among several Australians who have raced there in recent years.
The ADAC 24-Hour, to be run this year on 1-2 June, attracts more than 200 starters from around the world in everything from Le Mans-type GT sports cars to small hatchbacks.
Mr Palmer said the Australian race would see cars from PROCAR's Australian Nations Cup and GT Production Car Championships joined by invited sports and touring car categories from Europe, the United States, Japan and New Zealand.
PROCAR Australia is organiser of the PROCAR Championship Series events, including the annual Sandown 500-kilometre race in Melbourne, which feature the Nations Cup, GT Production Car and V8 BRute Muster championships and the Australian Formula 3 Championship.
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