The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour will feature a night practice session for the first time in event history. Pic: Supplied

THIS year’s edition of the Bathurst 12 Hour will feature a special night practice session for the first time since the early 1990s.

The race’s shift to a May 13-15 date means more of the race will take place in darkness than on its traditional early February date, prompting the change.

While the race will begin in darkness as usual, the 5:15am AEST start time and later sunrise means some 90 minutes of the race will take place before dawn, while the closing stages will also happen at sunset.

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To ensure that drivers get seat time in night-time conditions, a 40 minute practice session – starting at 5:05pm local time – will be held on the Friday evening of the event.

The session is the fourth scheduled for the opening day of the Mount Panorama enduro, with two of the sessions devoted to Bronze-class drivers given the greater proportion of amateur racers expected to feature with the outright class being contested by Pro-Am entries exclusively this year.

“We’re very pleased with the schedule which offers lots of track time for all drivers, with a focus on the Bronze-ranked competitors that will make up a big portion of the field this year,” Supercars’ Paul Martin said.

“The Friday evening session will be important to get people up to speed with running at night prior to the race start on Sunday morning. 

“Saturday will then build throughout the day with practice, qualifying and the Top-10 Shootout which is always a Bathurst highlight. 

“Outside of the 12-Hour sessions, it’s a busy weekend with three support categories and lots of on-track action for fans at the circuit and those watching from home.”

Qualifying for the race will consist of a pair of 25-minute sessions, the first for Bronze-class drivers and the second for Gold and Silver-class pro drivers, with the grid determined by the aggregate of the fastest pro and fastest amateur drivers in each car.

The 10 fastest cars then progress to the traditional Top 10 Shootout.

Supercars recently announced that the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia 86 Series will feature on the support category bill, joining Combined Sedans and Aussie Racing Cars.

Event Schedule: 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour (all times AEST)

Friday 13 May

8:008:30Aussie Race Cars0:30Practice / Qualifying
8:409:10Combined Sedans0:30Practice / Qualifying
9:209:50TGRA 86 Series0:30Practice
10:0010:30Bathurst 12 Hour0:30Practice 1
(Bronze Drivers only)
10:4011:10Bathurst 12 Hour0:30Practice 2
11:2011:40Aussie Race Cars6 Laps or 1 lap after 11:37Race 1
13:0013:30Bathurst 12 Hour0:30Sponsor ride session
13:4014:00TGRA 86 Series0:20Qualifying
14:1014:40Combined Sedans10 Laps or 1 lap after 14:37Race 1
14:5015:10Aussie Race Cars6 Laps or 1 lap after 15:07Race 2
15:2016:00Bathurst 12 Hour0:40Practice 3
(Bronze Drivers only)
16:1016:25Bathurst 12 Hour0:15TV Track Time
16:3516:55TGRA 86 Series6 Laps or 1 lap after 16:52Race 1
17:0517:45Bathurst 12 Hour0:40Practice 4

Saturday 14 May

7:257:55Combined Sedans10 Laps or 1 lap after 07:52Race 2
8:059:05Bathurst 12 Hour1:00Practice 5
9:5510:55Bathurst 12 Hour1:00Practice 6
12:1512:35Aussie Race Cars6 Laps or 1 lap after 12:32Race 3
12:4513:05TGRA 86 Series6 Laps 1 lap after 13:02Race 2
13:2013:45Bathurst 12 Hour0:25Qualifying 1
(All Classes Bronze Only)
13:5514:20Bathurst 12 Hour0:25Qualifying 2
(All Classes Pro Only)
14:3015:00Combined Sedans10 Laps or 1 lap after 14:57Race 3
15:1015:30Aussie Race Cars6 Laps or 1 lap after 15:27Race 4
15:4016:00TGRA 86 Series6 Laps or 1 lap after 15:57Race 3
16:1016:55Bathurst 12 Hour0:45Top 10 Shootout

Sunday 15 May

5:1517:15Bathurst 12 Hour1 lap after 17:13RACE
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