V8 Supercars has acquired the rights to manage the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour event held annually at the Mount Panorama circuit.
Supercar events (a V8 Supercars business) has reached a breakthrough deal with Yeehah Events and the Bathurst Regional Council to have the rights to manage the 2016 and beyond events to in bid to grow the internationally recognised race even bigger into the future.
“Yeehah Events’ James O’Brien and his team have done a fantastic job to establish the event and we are very proud to be able to add our expertise to take it to the next level,” V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said.
O’Brien said he was pleased Supercars Events, which manage the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and many of Australia’s largest major events, would significantly enhance the race he revived in 2007.
“It has been an interesting journey and an event I am proud of,” O’Brien said. “The work and dedication of so many stakeholders, not least the officials and volunteers, has been humbling.”
“The Liqui-Moly 12 Hour is now ready to establish itself as a major international endurance event, however to achieve this it needs an organisation with the right resources. Supercars Events is the right team to realise our vision and continue what we began all those years ago.”
V8SC CEO James Warburton also confirmed V8 Supercars would not hold a preseason test at the event and it would remain as an International GT race with its current format.
The race will be broadcasted on Seven and live streamed to the world online.