The Bathurst 12 Hour will be paused for 2021 with a 2022 return planned. Photo: Dirk Klynsmith.

THERE will not be a Bathurst 12 Hour GT endurance classic at Mount Panorama in 2021 – but there is a silver lining to the sad news.

That means our ‘Bathurst: Going Global’ book documenting 10 Years of GT racing in the Bathurst 12 Hour will remain current right through until early 2022!

The 320 page hardcover publication is limited to just 1200 copies and charts the race’s stunning rise since GT3-specification cars were first introduced in 2011.

Illustrated by over 500 stunning photos, this book features a photo of every car to have competed in the Bathurst 12 Hour from 2011 through to 2020 including non-starting and non-qualifier cars.

There’s a dedicated chapter to each race, a comprehensive list of results of each year’s race and a driver index of all drivers to compete in these races.

ORDER HERE: Get your copy of ‘Bathurst: Going Global’ here now, the perfect Christmas gift!

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions have proven too limiting for the race to be run in 2021 given the importance of international competitors taking part.

It is scheduled to return to 2022 with a further multi-year arrangement in place with the New South Wales Government taking it through to 2025.

“This is a tough decision but ultimately one we had to make,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer on today.

“Since Supercars began managing the event it has grown to become one of the largest endurance events globally, showcasing our spiritual home of racing to an international audience.

“With Australia’s international borders expected to remain closed, we feel it is in the best interest of competitors, fans, sponsors and broadcasters to make the decision now on next year’s event.

“We are absolutely committed to having the event return to Australia’s motorsport calendar in 2022.”

The 12 Hour’s pause will mean the newly-named Repco Supercars Championship will open its 2021 season at Bathurst next February, a fact Seamer alluded to after yesterday’s Bathurst 1000 during the championship presentation awards ceremony.

We’ll have to wait another year for the lights and sizzle of GT3 cars in the Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: Dirk Klynsmith.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.