The Australian enduro has been given a March 20 date for 2022, six weeks later than its conventional calendar slot on the primary weekend of February.
IGTC boss Stephane Ratel stated on the announcement of the date throughout his eponymous organisation’s annual press convention on the Barcelona GT World Problem Europe spherical on Sunday: “It’s later than common, however it ought to give groups extra time to organize and, after all, the journey scenario it’s enhancing in Australia.
“We’re very assured that will probably be potential to journey to Australia by the tip of March.”
He added that he was “more than happy” to announce the return of an occasion that was one of many founding blocks of the IGTC together with the Spa 24 Hours again in 2016, describing the race as a “crucial occasion on our calendar”.
Ratel stated that the Bathurst fixture’s go-ahead remained “topic to journey restrictions being eased by the point of the occasion, as is extensively anticipated”.
A 14-day interval of quarantine is presently required for arrivals into Australia from abroad.
A four-round schedule has been introduced for the 2022 IGTC with out a spherical in Asia, following the cancellation of the Suzuka 10 Hours in 2020 and ’21.
“We can’t go to Japan subsequent 12 months, as a result of there are nonetheless numerous uncertainties about Asia,” he defined.
Ratel had beforehand outlined a want to return to Suzuka, which joined the IGTC schedule in 2018.
“It’s a implausible occasion and we might love to return,” he instructed Autosport final month.
Ratel had checked out changing Suzuka after its cancellation this 12 months, however he defined that his organisation had determined it “wished to do the race at Suzuka or under no circumstances”.
For subsequent 12 months, he stated on Sunday, “we’ll keep centered on what we’ve got quite than making an attempt to switch it”.
The Spa, Indianapolis and Kyalami rounds of their conventional calendar slots make up the remainder of IGTC calendar in 2022.
2022 Intercontinental GT Problem calendar
20 March Bathurst 12 Hours (AUS)
30/31 July Spa 24 Hours (B)
9 October Indianapolis eight Hours (USA)
26 November Kyalami eight Hours (SA)