DATE CHANGE FOR 2022 BATHURST 12 HOUR

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour will take place on February 25-27. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

THE 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour will move back to a February date for the race’s first running in two years.

The event was cancelled due to ongoing international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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While the event was confirmed to return in 2022 as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) via promoter SRO Motorsports Group’s annual press conference in October, it was given a provisional date of March 18-20.

That was also the same date as the Sebring 12 Hours, resulting in a clash that would have precluded a host of top international GT drivers from heading to Bathurst.

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour will now be run on February 25-27, moving it closer to the event’s traditional early-February date and moving it clear of clashing events overseas and in Australia.

The race will now take place one week before the start of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship at the Newcastle 500 on March 4-6.

“Bathurst is the (IGTC) championship’s spiritual season opener, has an atmosphere like no other, and is rightly considered one of the world’s great endurance races,” Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group, said.

The 2020 edition of the race was one of the last major sporting events held in Australia prior to the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

“IGTC’s teams, drivers and manufacturers have undoubtedly played a role in amplifying this status, and I cannot wait to see their return to the mountain in 2022.

“Maintaining the event’s traditional early February date wasn’t an option but after consulting with teams, manufacturers and Supercars it also became apparent that an alternative weekend that month would be preferable to March when the Australian, European and American seasons begin ramping up.

“I think we’ve found a good balance between the two, which also allows us to keep an important element of what makes Bathurst special.”

Tickets for next February’s race will go on sale in coming weeks along with information for 2021 holders of trackside, grandstand and campsite bookings.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.