The cars and stars of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be on show to the city of Bathurst in a unique event prior to this year’s event.
In a 12-Hour first, ‘Town to Track’ will see a selection of GT3 machinery driven from the Mount Panorama circuit to Russell street in the middle of Bathurst’s CBD on Thursday.
During a specified break in support category activity, ten cars – one representing each of the GT3 manufacturers competing – will be escorted by Police from the circuit at 11:20 am.
Cars will complete one lap of the circuit itself before exiting the track at Murray’s corner.
Under Police escort, they will proceed up Panorama Avenue, turn left onto Brilliant street and then right onto George Street.
The parade will then turn right into Russell street before parking outside of the Bathurst Court House building, opposite the Bathurst war memorial Carillion.
A media call with cars and drivers will commence at 11:45 am, while cars will remain on display to the public until 12:45 pm.
The return trip will see the cars continue up Russell Street before turning right onto William street and proceeding directly back to the circuit via Panorama Ave.
A final list of participating cars will be released prior to the event, though one of each 10 competing GT3 manufacturers will participate.
‘Town to Track’ is a first for the event and represents the close partnership between the Event and the Bathurst region.
Bathurst Mayor, Cr. Graeme Hanger, said he was excited about the new addition to the event week.
“The Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour continues to grow and the introduction of Town to Track is an exciting new initiative that will bring the excitement of the race to the center of the city. It provides a unique opportunity for race fans to get up close to the racing action in the heart of Bathurst.”
Event Director Kurt Sakzewski said the Town to Track would kickstart the event week in Bathurst.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase the city of Bathurst to a broad audience, and showcase the cars and stars of the Bathurst 12 Hour to the people of the city up close and personal.
“This has been a collaboration between the Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Police and the Events team and it’s an exciting addition to this year’s race week build-up.
“We appreciate the support of New South Wales Police and the team at Council in helping to put this together. It’s a great chance to showcase a different aspect to Bathurst’s great motor racing legacy.
“It will be a unique sight as the fastest cars ever to officially lap Mount Panorama drive through the city on Thursday.”
Fans are welcomed to attend the event on Russell Street, which will be closed for the duration.
Selected drivers will be on hand to sign autographs and chat to fans prior to the cars returning to the circuit.