Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour organisers confirm biggest-ever schedule

11 January 2019 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour organisers confirm biggest-ever schedule

> MORE TRACK TIME THAN EVER BEFORE!

Organisers of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour have announced a packed on-track schedule for this year’s event, which doubles as the opening round of 2019’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli campaign on February 1-3.

The event’s format has been expanded to four days for the first time to ensure more track time for the 12 Hours entries and an additional support category.

Thursday 31 January is reserved for support categories with practice, qualifying and three races on the schedule. Skye Sands Combined Sedans, Formula Ford, Group S and the Radical Australia Cup make up the bumper support programme, with big fields expected throughout.

12 Hours teams also have an opportunity to site the circuit on two scheduled track walks while their cars undergo scrutineering in pitlane. The traditional Bathurst 12 Hour pre-event launch will also be held on Thursday.

Four practice sessions provide a total of 3.5 hours track time for Intercontinental GT Challenge entries on Friday before a fifth hour-long practice session and qualifying headline Saturday.

Indeed, qualifying is again split across three segments: all competitors take part in Q1’s 45-minute session, which sets the grids for classes B, C and I. Class A – or GT3 – then has its own separate half-hour session to determine positions 11 and back while the fastest cars progress to that afternoon’s Pirelli Top-10 Shootout and a chance to claim the Allan Simonsen Pole Award.

Sunday’s race starts, as ever, just before dawn at 05:45.

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek, with access via the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour website: www.bathurst12hour.com.au

Australia is one of five regions represented on this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge schedule, with trips to America (California 8 Hours), Europe (Total 24 Hours of Spa), Asia (Suzuka 10 Hours) and Africa (Kyalami 9 Hour) completing the campaign.

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY

Start Finish Duration Session Remarks
8:30 8:50 0:20 Combined Sedans Practice
8:50 8:55 0:05    
8:55 9:15 0:20 Formula Ford Practice
9:15 9:25 0:10    
9:25 9:45 0:20 Group S Practice
9:45 9:55 0:10    
9:55 10:15 0:20 Radical Practice
10:15 10:25 0:10    
10:25 10:45 0:20 Combined Sedans Qualifying
10:45 10:55 0:10    
10:55 11:15 0:20 Formula Ford Qualifying
11:30 11:35 0:05    
11:35 11:55 0:20 Group S Qualifying
12:10 13:00 0:50 Resident Access Time Certain
12:10 13:00 0:50 Bathurst 12 hour Teams Track Walk
13:00 13:15 0:15   Commence Circuit Closure
13:15 13:15     Circuit Closed
13:15 13:35 0:20 Radical Qualifying
13:35 13:45 0:10    
13:45 14:20 0:35 Combined Sedans Race # 1
14:20 14:30 0:10    
14:30 15:00 0:30 Formula Ford Race # 1
15:00 15:10 0:10    
15:10 15:40 0:30 Group S Race # 1
15:40 15:45 0:05    
         

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Start Finish Duration Session Remarks
7:15 8:00 0:45 Radical Race # 1
8:00 8:05 0:05    
8:05 8:40 0:35 Combined Sedans Race # 2
8:40 8:50 0:10    
8:50 9:20 0:30 Bathurst 12 Hour Practice#1 (excluding Class A Platinum and Gold drivers)
9:20 9:25 0:05    
9:25 10:25 1:00 Bathurst 12 Hour Practice#2
10:25 10:30 0:05    
10:30 11:00 0:30 Formula Ford Race # 2
11:00 11:10 0:10    
11:10 12:10 1:00 Bathurst 12 Hour Practice#3
12:10 12:25 0:15   Commence Opening Circuit
12:25 13:15 0:50 Resident Access Time Certain
13:15 13:30 0:15   Commence Circuit Closure
13:30 13:30     Circuit Closed
13:30 14:00 0:30 Group S Race # 2
14:00 14:05 0:05    
14:05 15:05 1:00 Porsche Sports Session Driving Experience
15:05 15:10 0:05 Sponsor ride session Entertainment Session
15:10 15:15 0:05    
15:15 16:15 1:00 Bathurst 12 Hour Practice#4
16:15 16:25 0:10    
16:25 16:35 0:10 TV Track Session TV Production
16:35 16:40 0:05    
16:40 17:40 1:00 Porsche Sports Session Driving Experience
17:40 17:55 0:15   Commence Circuit Opening
17:55 17:55     Circuit Open
         
         
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Start Finish Duration Session Remarks
7:00 7:15 0:15   Commence Circuit Closure
7:15 7:15     Circuit Closed
7:15 7:45 0:30 Formula Ford Race # 3
7:45 7:55 0:10    
7:55 8:25 0:30 Group S Race # 3
8:25 8:35 0:10    
8:35 9:35 1:00 Bathurst 12 Hour Practice # 5
9:35 9:45 0:10    
9:45 10:30 0:45 Radical Race # 2
10:30 10:35 0:05    
10:45 11:15 0:30 Sponsor ride session Entertainment Session
11:15 11:20 0:05    
11:20 12:05 0:45 Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying # 1 All Classes
12:05 12:10 0:05    
12:10 12:40 0:30 Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying # 2 Class A Only
12:40 12:45 0:05    
12:45 13:00 0:15   Commence Opening Circuit
13:00 13:50 0:50 Resident Access Time Certain
13:50 14:05 0:15   Commence Circuit Closure
14:05 14:05     Circuit Closed
14:05 15:05 1:00 Porsche Sports Session Driving Experience
15:05 15:15 0:10 Sponsor ride session Entertainment Session
15:15 15:45 0:30 Sponsor ride session Entertainment Session
15:45 15:50 0:05    
15:50 16:25 0:35 Combined Sedans Race # 3
16:25 16:40 0:15    
16:40 17:25 0:45 Bathurst 12 Hour Top 10 Shootout (Class A only)
17:25 17:40 0:15   Commence Circuit Opening
17:40 17:40     Circuit Open
         

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Start Finish Duration Session Remarks
4:55 5:10 0:15   Commence Circuit Closure
5:10 5:10     Circuit Closed
5:10 5:15 0:05    
5:15   0:05 Pit Exit Opens  
  5:20   Pit Exit Closes  
5:45 17:45 12:00 Bathurst 12 Hour  
17:45 17:55 0:10    
17:55 18:10 0:15   Commence Circuit Opening
18:10       Circuit Open