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Early slot for 2025 Bathurst 12 Hour

THE Bathurst 12 Hour will return to an earlier calendar slot next year, with the 2025 edition to unfold across January 31 to February 2.

The move to its traditional position of racing on the first Sunday of the month is a change from the February 16-18 dates used this year.

Event director Shane Rudzis had previously cited separation from the Daytona 24 Hour and the Christmas period more broadly as benefits of a mid-February fixture.

It would seem that the 2025 dates make sense to Supercars, which runs the Bathurst 12 Hour, in order to open up a gap to the Australian Grand Prix which will open the 2025 Formula 1 season on March 13-16.

There now is sufficient time to squeeze in a Supercars-led round between the 12 Hour and Albert Park, with Queensland Raceway thought to be the favourite to hold Round 1 next year.

Either way, Rudzis spoke with excitement upon looking ahead to the next chance to welcome the GT3 world to Mount Panorama.

“We need to be flexible and dynamic in scheduling the race to ensure it fits within the international calendar each year which is why the date has shifted two weeks earlier in 2025,” he said.

“The level of interest and excitement in the race is already high and we’ve had fantastic discussions with current entrants and new teams and brands who are keen to race next February.

“At the same time, we continue to review all elements of the event to continue the improvements already put in place in 2023 and 2024, to not only grow the event but add to the experience for everyone attending.

“We’re very proud of the growth of the Bathurst 12 Hour. We’ve seen over the last two years huge crowds, camping records broken, amazing world-class vehicle demonstrations on track setting scintillating lap times, legends of world motorsport coming back yearly, amazing activations and car displays, plus much more.”

There’s set to be several new GT3 models at the 2025 event, with the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Ferrari 296 all becoming eligible for the first time.

“2025 has the potential to be the biggest Bathurst 12 Hour yet thanks to several new manufacturers entering the GT3 space and a growing number of Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS entries,” said SRO Motorsports Group CEO Stephane Ratel.

“This is a bucket list event for international teams and drivers, and also highly prized by manufacturers, but a strong domestic environment is vitally important for any Intercontinental GT Challenge round to truly flourish. Indeed, it is a cornerstone of the series’ philosophy.

“Moving the date back to its traditional slot also avoids clashing with the Asian Le Mans Series – a major consideration for our local and regional base.”

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