The 2021 TCR Australia season will conclude with a points-paying 400 km event at Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, as part of the inaugural Bathurst International event in November.
The original calendar for the series featured six points-paying rounds followed by the invitation Bathurst International, but the series will now complete 2021 with seven championship rounds after the confirmation of the Bathurst finale.
The event will see the longest races in the series history since its inception in 2019, with three 21-lap races on the famous 6.213 km circuit.
A change to the sporting format will see the qualifying session determine the grid for both races one and two, with race two featuring a reversal of the top ten qualifying positions.
The grid for race three will be determined based upon the points accumulated in races one and two.
Previously, the grid for race one has been set by qualifying, with the grids for races two and three having been determined by the finishing order in races one and two respectively.
“Mount Panorama is synonymous with touring car endurance racing, and it’s exciting that TCR Australia will be able to hold our own unique, longer form race format at Bathurst,” said Matt Braid, CEO of promoter Australian Racing Group.
“The TCR Bathurst 400 will be a headline attraction of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.
“The longer three races will give our competitors great value and offer a great spectacle for fans at the track and at home watching live and free.
“The move to make the TCR Bathurst 400 a series round will ensure that TCR Australia’s appearance at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International will be one of the true highlights on a weekend showcasing racing cars and categories with a global flavour.”