New Bathurst circuit set for Supercars sprint event
The Bathurst Regional Council has awarded UK-based Apex Circuit Design the tender to design a second circuit at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, that is likely to be utilised for a Supercars sprint event.
The new circuit is planned to be 4.5km along the regular 6.2km circuit that is utilised for the legendary Bathurst 1000 race and is expected to be completed within three years to a budget of around 25M AUD.
Apex Circuit Design’s most recent circuit project was the Zhejaing Racing Circuit in China and previously the Dubai AutoDrome.
The last time the Supercars championship ran a sprint race at Bathurst was in 1996.
“The Bathurst Regional Council is a fantastic partner of ours and the plans for the second circuit are absolutely world class,” said former Supercars CEO James Warburton to Supercars.com when the plans first were introduced.
“We would absolutely consider running a SuperSprint round at Bathurst once it’s completed. The way the second circuit is being planned, a sprint event on that layout would have a completely different DNA to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October. It’s something that would be a great addition to the calendar for us.”