The 2022 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour event will be pushed back and run on May 13 to 15.
Originally scheduled for February 25 to 27, Supercars, Destination NSW, Bathurst Regional Council, ARG, Motorsport Australia and SRO Motorsports Group all agreed the new date was better suited given the concerns with COVID and quarantine regulations for international competitors.
“This is the best outcome for the event under the current circumstances,” said Supercars Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard
“This new date alleviates pressure on international competitors and freight operators as well as marshals, officials and volunteers who play a critical role in the success of the event every year.
“We have worked closely with Destination NSW, SRO Motorsports Group, Bathurst Regional Council, Motorsport Australia, ARG, and our broadcasters to ensure this date will ensure the best outcomes for all involved and the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
“As we’ve seen, a number of high-profile teams have already committed to attending and we look forward to seeing more international competitors announce their inclusion leading into May’s new date.
“This is a win for fans who have been keen to see this event return to the Australian motorsport calendar for the last two years.”
The date change will assist the majority of international entries competing for the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
“It was imperative that Intercontinental GT Challenge returned to Bathurst this year, and the new May date ensures the race can go ahead without any lingering Omicron restrictions,” said Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO.
“I applaud Supercars’ commitment to finding an alternative weekend during their busy domestic schedule and their efforts in general to stage the race.
“The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia calendar will also be rejigged to accommodate Bathurst’s change, which helps us to maintain a strong national presence.
“I am sure that some of these local entries will also receive IGTC nominations, a cornerstone of the championship’s original philosophy.”
The 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour event was one of the final international events held in Australia prior to the onset of the COVID pandemic.
“The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is a signature event on the NSW motorsports calendar that provides a great boost to the visitor economy of the Central West, so I am delighted it is still going ahead this year,” said Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres.
“I commend the determination and resilience of the event organisers in light of current challenges and thank all stakeholders for their cooperation to ensure competitors and spectators get to experience this great event at the iconic Mt Panorama circuit.
“We will continue to support their efforts to deliver a safe, successful and spectacular event.”