Crews will want no less than FIA bronze ranked driver of their line-up for the opening spherical of the 2022 Intercontinental GT Problem, which will likely be held on 15 Could.
Supercars and SRO have made the change attributable to ongoing points with each freight and borders, which have deterred some abroad rivals from making the journey down below.
“Barring conditions outdoors of our management I used to be decided that Bathurst would return to the Intercontinental GT Problem Powered by Pirelli calendar in 2022, and this new class construction ensures it may do exactly that with out diminishing the championship or occasion,” stated SRO boss Stephane Ratel.
“Manufacturing unit groups and drivers normally make the headlines however the truth is amateurs and the Professional-Am class are the bedrock of world GT racing.
“There are additionally few, if any, races of Bathurst’s worldwide stature the place Professional-Am crews are the celebs of the present. However that received’t be the case in Could when a number of the world’s greatest amateurs have an opportunity to win one among motorsport’s nice endurance occasions.
“It seems like a real throwback to earlier 12 Hours and GT racing typically of previous.”
Then change, which can put the main focus again on native crews, was welcomed by GT World Problem Australia class supervisor Ken Collier.
“It makes all of the sense on the earth that Australia’s largest GT race is a part of the GT World Problem Australia Endurance Championship and we’ve been happy to work with our companions at SRO and the Bathurst 12 Hour crew to make it occur this yr,” he stated.
All manufacturing facility lineups such because the Mattia Drudi/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus Winkelhock combo in 2020 will likely be outlawed this yr
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“It really works for our rivals who will get pleasure from an indicator occasion on the calendar and one of the vital iconic GT races on the earth, and it really works for the Bathurst 12 Hour to work with GT World Problem Australia to assist and develop the game right here.
“We share a mutual companion in SRO who shares the fervour for rising GT3 racing on this a part of the world that all of us do, and it is a transfer that may assist that – not simply this yr however transferring ahead.
“We’re trying ahead to a different Bathurst traditional this Could that will even function an thrilling kick-off to the 2022 GT World Problem Australia Endurance Championship.”
Triple Eight is the early favorite for the 12 Hour, having locked in a formidable line-up of its two Supercars stars Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney plus common GT driver Prince Jefri Ibrahim for its Mercedes.
In addition to the category change, Supercars and SRO has additionally confirmed that the race will return to its conventional early February date subsequent yr after this yr’s occasion was moved to Could attributable to an Omicron outbreak.
The date for the 2023 occasion will likely be February Three-5.
“I’m additionally blissful to see the race returning to its conventional early February date in 2023,” added Ratel.
Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen is already confirmed to enter in a Triple Eight Mercedes
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“Our solely different choice this yr would have been to cancel the occasion, which neither SRO nor Supercars have been prepared to do.
“Equally, staging it in Could isn’t appropriate with European programmes.
“We’ve discovered a sensible resolution for this yr however are additionally trying ahead to seeing Bathurst totally dwelling as much as its standing as Australia’s Worldwide Enduro subsequent season.”