The 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour would be taking a year off in 2021, but Australia’s International Enduro is set to return in 2022. The opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge is generally held on the first weekend of February, Mount Panorama hosting GT teams and drivers from around the world. However, with uncertainty over Australia’s closed borders, event owner Supercars has decided to call off next year’s event.
The Bathurst 12 Hour has been a staple of the Australian motorsport calendar since its reintroduction in 2007. In 2011 the event moved away from production cars to a GT format and since 2016 has formed part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The cancelation also raises concerns about the Australian Grand Prix, traditionally contested at Victoria’s Albert Park in March.
“This is a tough decision but ultimately one we had to make,” said Supercars CEO Sean Seamer.
“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.”