Expected conditions for the weekend at The Mountain are mild temperatures (around 20°C) and for rain throughout the weekend, especially for Sunday’s race. There had been wet events in the 12 hours before that – the 2012 event was hit hard by rain and the 2013 race finished in wet conditions – but an all-wet weekend will be another challenge for competitors this weekend.
It’s a stark difference from the last 12 hours of 2020, which were marked by scorching sunshine and ambient temperatures above 40 degrees!
Endurance Walk in Bathurst
A new installation in Mount Panorama is the ‘Bathurst Endurance Walk of Fame’, with official plaques of all LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour winners, past and future, next to the Peter Brock statue at the National Motor Racing Museum.
The 2020 winners’ plaque was handed over by Bathurst Regional Mayor Robert Taylor to Jules Gunnon at the National Auto Museum, who received the award on behalf of the Bentley M Sport and his teammates Jordan Pepper and Maxime Solette.
“Very happy to see this trophy, although I would have liked to share it with Maxime and Jordan, because this win was not mine alone.” Johnnon told the host broadcasters.
“The win was very emotional [one]Because an hour ago, I really thought we’d lost her.
[On this year’s race] “Our car is really fast, and the weather is going to be the most unpredictable factor this year… I think we have a chance, but 20 more cars will have a chance.”
The path to the city
The annual Track to Town Parade took place on Thursday, giving fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams in downtown Bathurst. The full 20 car field made its way off the track, exiting Murray’s Corner down Panorama Avenue, before making its way onto Russel Street in front of Bathurst Town Hall.
More than 400 flags that were distributed to students in two schools along the road lined the road, giving the parade a great atmosphere as they drove into town.
“It’s great to see so many people lining up on the street and here in town to say G’Day,” crowd favorite and two-time 12 Hour winner Craig Lowndes told host broadcasters.
“There is a lot of anticipation for the event to return and the fact that so many people braved the weather to go outside today is a great sign for the rest of the weekend when the weather will be better.”
Thanks to the Bathurst 12 Hour Media team for the quotes above.
There are a number of teams and suppliers supporting the charities this weekend.
Scott Taylor Motorsport works in support of the Australian Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCFA), with the #222 Porsche GT3 Cup Machine wearing a livery to support the entire foundation. Craig Lowndes has a long relationship with PCFA, with a strong family history of the disease. Alex Davison, who also drives #222, also has family ties to PCFA, as his father Richard suffered from the disease.
Prostate cancer is diagnosed in about 18,000 Australian men each year, and kills nearly 3,000 people. Donations can be made to the Foundation directly at www.pcfau.org/car222
Valmont Racing in the 55th car is supporting a pair of charities this weekend. Marcel Zalloua and Sergio Perez are using their platform to raise awareness and funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Corporation in association with City Tattersalls Corporate Concierge, and Sony’s “You Can Stay” programme.
The Children’s Hospitals Sydney Foundation supports children of all ages, directs funds to the front lines of children’s health, and covers everything from common injuries to rare conditions, research into children’s conditions, and public health services.
Valmont Racing’s entry has already helped raise over $30,000, before the racing weekend begins!
You Stay provides emergency accommodation for cancer patients aged 15-25, along with their families, for those traveling from regional areas to major cities for treatment.
The donations will be used to house patients and their families in Quest apartments in the city, with $100 capable of covering the cost of an overnight stay for one family.
To learn more about the Children’s Hospital Sydney Foundation, visit www.schf.org.au
To learn more about Sony Foundation Australia’s You Can Stay programme, visit: www.sonyfoundation.org
RaceFuels, the official fuel supplier for the Bathurst 12 Hour this weekend, is raising awareness for the #ForTillysSake campaign, focusing on the effects of bullying and harassment on young people. Bathurst resident Matilda ‘Tilly’ has been subjected to schoolyard, social media and cyberbullying, as well as tragically exposed to her private life in February of this year, when she was just 15 years old.
Tilley’s mother Emma Mason and her father, Murray Rosewarn, organized the campaign in hopes of preventing other children and families from sharing their experience.
RaceFuels will decorate all of their ELF Core 50 fuel drums with special badges, with the hashtag #ForTillysSake prominently visible, encouraging everyone to stop and think about the consequences before bullying others online and in person.
Work class support
This weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hours supports Australian race cars, combined sedans and Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 series.
The Aussie Racing cars are built around a purpose-built aerospace chassis, with a Yamaha 1.3L 125bhp engine, weighing around 500kg and capable of speeds in excess of 200 km/h. The cars have the freedom of body styles, repeating existing Repco Supercars, as well as body styles modeled on popular Australian consumer cars. Australian race cars backed 12 hours in 2020, with the highest times around the 2:17 mark.
Combined sedans combine three separate classes into one series, with purpose-built Spaceframe race cars, V8 Touring cars and modified sports sedans, for a 44-car grid. Collected sedans have become a staple of the Bathurst 12 Hour support ticket, and with notable drivers including current TCR Australia pilot Jordan Cox at Suzuki Swift and current Supercars driver Jack Le Brocq in the field, there’s plenty to look forward to.
The TGRA 86 Series has become a breeding ground for driving talent in the spec racing formula. Using a production-based Toyota 86 with strict setup restrictions, it’s a series that offers great opportunities for youngsters, with professional drivers invited to participate in each race weekend to assess the field.
Support class actions will be broadcast from midday local time (AEST) on Fox Sports and Kayo in Australia, online on the SRO GT World Challenge YouTube channel, and on the 12-hour Bathurst and Facebook page.
Friday track work
The track action for the LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour begins Friday with four practice sessions, two reserved for Bronze drivers only, and culminates in the first nightly practice session in the event’s history. Audio coverage can be accessed through the Bathurst 12 Hour website or through radiolemans.com, while live timing is available via http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/live-timing/
Friday session times (all times AEST – UTC +10)
10:05-10:35 – Exercise 1 (Bronze Drivers only)
10:45 – 11:45 – exercise 2
15:15-15:55 – Training 3 (Bronze Drivers only)
17:05-17:45 – exercise 4