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BATHURST S5000 RACES CANNED FOR 2022

THE S5000 races scheduled for the inaugural Bathurst International have been downgraded to high-speed demonstrations at the request of Motorsport Australia.

The event had been slated as the second round of the category’s Tasman Series and would have been the category’s second race at Mount Panorama, after supporting last year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

On that occasion, the cars ran at a reduced power level to suit the FIA’s power-to-weight ratio requirements for Mount Panorama’s circuit licence.

Organisers trimmed 90bhp out of the regularly 560bhp Ford Coyote V8 engines electronically, with each engine remapped at the circuit on the eve of opening practice to restrict the maximum throttle percentage when above 6,000rpm.

The category endured a bruising debut weekend on the Mountain with incidents and crashes occurring in all four of its races.

“Since S5000s debut at Mount Panorama, a further and broader risk management review is being undertaken by Motorsport Australia, which encompasses the conditions under which the category raced at Bathurst last year,” read a statement from the category.

“The review will not be completed in time for the November 11-13 Bathurst International event, requiring S5000 to remove the round from the Tasman Series calendar. 

“The competitive element will instead be replaced with a series of special feature demonstrations to be conducted across the course of the weekend. 

“They will take the form of unrestricted demonstrations of the cars’ performance with a view to challenging previously established Bathurst benchmark lap times set by other vehicles.”

The S5000 Tasman Series will now consist of two rounds at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and VALO Adelaide 500.

The inaugural running of the Bathurst International will take place across November 11-13.

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