The inaugural TCR Bathurst 500 event is set to take place on 26 – 28 November 2021, featuring a 500 km endurance event of international billing for TCR drivers in Australia.
The race had been scheduled to have its first running in November 2020, before the global COVID-19 pandemic put paid to those efforts.
Now the two-driver endurance event has been confirmed with a late-November slot following the conclusion of the 2021 TCR Australia series in September.
“The Australian Racing Group and Bathurst Regional Council is thrilled to confirm the date for the inaugural Bathurst International,” said Matt Braid, CEO of Australian Racing Group.
“The late November date will make this event not only a jewel in the Australian motorsport calendar, but also around the world.
“Despite the travel restrictions that exist today, this date will allow the opportunity for international competitors to consider the Bathurst International as a way to end their season of racing.
“And the beauty is that we have categories that touch all walks of motorsport life. From TCR touring cars to GT cars and high-powered open wheelers.
“It is a sensational mix that we are sure will draw attention locally and internationally.”
Councillor Bobby Bourke, Bathurst Mayor, is hoping for a world-class driver line-up to feature on the grid for the first TCR endurance race at the Mount Panorama circuit.
“We are excited that a date has been set that will bring the Bathurst International to the iconic Mount Panorama,” said Bourke.
“Mount Panorama has a reputation as one of the best racing circuits in the world. The worldwide exposure of the Bathurst International will elevate Mount Panorama’s prestige, and will showcase the racing circuit and Bathurst to a global audience.
“We are proud to partner with ARG to bring this event to Bathurst that will feature world-class drivers compete in a great mix of racing categories.”