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The 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour Has Been Canceled

Road & Track logo Road & Track 19/10/2020 00:59:00 Fred Smith
a view of a sunset: Australia's greatest motor racing venue will not host its annual GT3-led endurance race next February. © Daniel Kalisz - Getty Images Australia's greatest motor racing venue will not host its annual GT3-led endurance race next February.

Earlier today, the Mount Panorama Circuit held its marquee race, the Bathurst 1000. The the track has also hosted a 12 hour sports car race in recent years, the Bathurst 12 Hour. This February event has quickly grown to become one of the most important GT-only sports car races in the world, and the most significant GT3-led race of the traditional motor racing offseason.

Its momentum will halt for at least a year, however. The 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour has been canceled, although the race is set to return in 2022.

The race, which has been held annually since 2007 and only adopted its GT3-led regulations in 2011, was canceled because of Australia's unique COVID restrictions. The country's procedures have been notably effective for a country of Australia's size, with the New South Wales region that includes Mount Panorama reporting just 31 new cases in the past week, but they have come at the cost of intra-national travel restrictions that forced some Supercars teams to spend the past 105 days on the road. The 12 Hour, which requires significant travel from both national and international participants, would not be able to run successfully with closed international borders, making the race a non-starter.

The cancelation also raises concerns about the Australian Grand Prix, traditionally contested at Victoria's Albert Park in March. This year's race was canceled during the race weekend due to rising COVID concerns around the world; Next year's race may need to be moved to later in the year if it has any hope of remaining on the Formula 1 schedule at all.

19. lokakuuta 2020 3:59:00 Categories: Road & Track

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