A six-day motorsport extravaganza in Bathurst will include the finale to the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship season in a combined effort between Supercars, Australian Racing Group (ARG) and the Bathurst Regional Council.
Held between 30 November and 5 December, the event will feature 10 categories battling it out on the famous track. The event will conclude with the 64th edition of the Bathurst 1000.
Joining the jam-packed bill for the season finale will be regular Supercars support categories such as Dunlop Super 2 Series, Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup, V8 SuperUtes and the Toyota 86 Series, while all of the regular ARG managed categories will be on show.
Headlining the ARG line-up will be the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, which will also wrap up its 2021 season in Bathurst, along with Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters, National Trans Am Series and Motorsport Australia GT Championship.
Rounding out the categories is the special inclusion of the S5000 cars, with the open wheelers to run on the famous roads of Mount Panorama for the first time.
As a result of both the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International and Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 being cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the Bathurst event will serve as a round of the returning Tasman Series for S5000 competitors.
With COVID-19 restrictions on travel and mass gatherings still in place in states around the country, the new date should come at a time where it is hoped restrictions have eased, allowing teams, drivers, officials and fans to attend the event.
Supercars, ARG and the Bathurst Regional Council have also been working closely alongside NSW health authorities to formulate measures to ensure the safety of all staff and patrons throughout the six days.
Bathurst Mayor Ian North said he was looking forward to hosting what would be one of the biggest Australian motorsport events in history.
“The events, over six days, will be something not seen before at the Mountain and will be a great way to see racing return to Bathurst in 2021,” North said.
“We look forward to being able to welcome the teams, drivers and fans back to Mount Panorama for what will be a festival of motorsport.”
Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer was grateful for all the support of those who helped behind the scenes in putting the event together.
“I would like to thank Mayor North, Rob Cameron at Repco and John McMellan at ARG for their collaboration over the past few weeks to put together what might be known as the best ever Repco Bathurst 1000,” Seamer said.
“It’s been a tough year for motorsport fans but we’re confident this is the recipe for the best possible end to the 2021 season.”
Echoing Seamer's comments was Australian Racing Group CEO, Matt Braid, who believed this historic event would be a big victory for all motorsport fans around the country.
“This major event at Bathurst is going to be one of the biggest spectacles ever seen in Australian motorsport, and it is a credit to all parties for putting the sport first,” Braid added.
“There’s no doubt these are difficult times we live in, so to have this come together with the cooperation of Supercars to benefit all our competitors, commercial partners and most importantly, the fans, it’s a huge win for all.
“And there’s no better place to hold the grandest of finales to the 2021 motorsport season than at Mount Panorama.
“ARG would like to thank Benjamin Ward and his team at Supercheap Auto for their flexibility, as well as the Bathurst Regional Council for their ongoing support and desire to make this event happen.”
Information on ticketing and the full broadcast schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
The six-day Repco Bathurst 1000 takes place at Mount Panorama between 30 November and 5 December.