Final month, it was revealed the Australian event would reprise its traditional status as the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season following the cancellation of the 2021 occasion because of the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit with a later-than-usual date of the 20th March.
That put the Bathurst race heading in the right direction to overlap with not solely IMSA’s Sebring fixture but additionally the FIA World Endurance Championship curtain-raiser on the identical weekend on the Florida airport monitor.
Nonetheless, on Wednesday it was introduced that the 12 Hour has now been handed a brand new date of the 27th February, three weeks sooner than initially deliberate.
“Bathurst is the championship’s non secular season opener, has an environment like no different, and is rightly thought of one of many world’s nice endurance races,” mentioned IGTC boss Stephane Ratel.
“IGTC’s groups, drivers and producers have undoubtedly performed a task in amplifying this standing, and I can not wait to see their return to the mountain in 2022.
“Sustaining the occasion’s conventional early February date wasn’t an choice however after consulting with groups, producers and Supercars it additionally turned obvious that another weekend that month can be preferable to March when the Australian, European and American seasons start ramping up.
“I believe we’ve discovered a great steadiness between the 2, which additionally permits us to maintain an vital factor of what makes Bathurst particular.”
The remainder of the IGTC calendar was introduced again in October, with the Spa 24 Hours, Indianapolis eight Hour and Kyalami 9 Hour all returning for 2022. The date for the Kyalami race has been moved again by per week in comparison with the preliminary announcement, to the third December.
Kyalami will maintain the ultimate spherical of the present IGTC season, which was scaled again to only three occasions as a consequence of ongoing journey restrictions within the Asia-Pacific area, on the 12th December.
Revised 2022 Intercontinental GT Problem calendar
27 February – Bathurst 12 Hour (AUS)
30-31 July – Spa 24 Hours (B)
9 October – Indianapolis eight Hour (US)
three December – Kyalami 9 Hour (ZA)