Ex-Formula One stars Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso on radar for new Bathurst event


Australian Racing Group director Matt Braid hopes the proposed December 4-6 dates for the event will allow him to aim high when inviting drivers to the S5000 race.

“This event was presented as a true opportunity to bring a new international focus to Bathurst,” Braid said. “Up to now, there has been limited opportunities for international drivers to compete at Australia’s best race track in cars they are used to racing in their home series.

“With the variety of categories on offer at the event, and a date that comes after most global series have concluded, it means the Bathurst International will see international drivers, teams and their cars compete head-to-head with Australia’s best drivers across multiple races over the event weekend.”

Touted as Australia’s fastest racing cars, the S5000s have the potential to break the lap record at the 6.2km track.

“I feel that the S5000s are going to produce some unbelievable racing and lap times,” two-time Bathurst 1000 winner John Bowe said.

“Those cars will be very fast and there’s no doubt that their power and handling will see the lap record broken.”

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As well as the S5000 race, the weekend will feature a field of up to 55 two-litre touring cars competing in a 500km two-driver TCR event.

Organisers will invite touring car teams from all over the world to compete.

British Touring Car star Andy Priaulx, having competed in four Bathurst 1000s, said the chance to return to Mount Panorama was exciting.

“Bathurst is one of the best race tracks in the world – it’s a kind of mix between Spa and Macau,” Priaulx said.

“It will be fantastic to drive there in a TCR car that will perform really well over the top. I have very fond memories of my previous experiences on the circuit and I am sure that the TCR race will provide a very exciting show.”

The event means, for the first time in a calendar year, the Mount Panorama circuit will be used for five events, including the Bathurst 12-Hour and the Bathurst 1000 endurance races.

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