Australia's International Enduro will return with a new date in 2024.
The Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on February 16-18 next year.
The revised date is two weeks later than the 2023 event, with the change coming following extensive consultation with teams, fans, key stakeholders, manufacturers and international partners to ensure the growth of the event.
Event partners SRO Motorsports Group have confirmed that the Bathurst 12 Hour will remain the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli, with the outright class remaining for all-professional driving combinations.
Positive discussions are already underway with potential teams and manufacturers from Australia and overseas, all keen to tackle the Mountain next year.
Australia’s International Enduro attracted a record attendance of 53,466 fans across the three days this year.
Tickets, Grandstand seating and camping for the 2024 event will go on sale soon, with 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour campsite purchasers having exclusive access to a pre-sale window prior to general sales commencing.
The 2023 race was won by Mercedes-AMG team SunEnergy1 Racing and drivers Jules Gounon, Luca Stolz and Kenny Habul for the second consecutive year – and the third in a row for Gounon.
The race, which saw the top three cars split by just 1.6 seconds at the finish, was Bathurst’s fastest ever enduro with the field covering more than 2,000km in 12 hours.
2024 is set to be a thrilling year with a host of new cars, including new models from Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, all eligible for the first time.
The Bathurst 12 Hour is proudly supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
For more information about the event, please visit www.bathurst12hour.com.au.
"There has been extensive consultation into the revised date, all of which is aimed at further growing the race as one of the leading GT endurance races in the world," Bathurst 12 Hour Event Director, Shane Rudzis, said.
"It is only a two-week shift, however it creates several positives for our competitors from both Australia and overseas.
"Moving two weeks later allows for some separation from the start of the United States’ season at the Daytona 24 Hour and opens the potential for participation from those teams.
"The slightly later start will also allow for Australian teams to better prepare across the Christmas – New Year period, while also allowing European teams to better manage their freight and travel logistics at the end of the current season.
"The race will remain the start of the Australian racing calendar and launch the 2024 season with a bang in New South Wales.
"Our thanks go to our partners at Destination New South Wales, the Bathurst Regional Council, SRO Group and all our partners for their support as we continue to build Australia’s International Enduro into the future."
SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO, Stephane Ratel, added: "Racing in February is an intrinsic part of the 12 Hour’s identity but also allows manufacturers and international teams to travel Down Under each year without impacting their other programmes.
"Maintaining both elements has always been of paramount importance, but we are also mindful of the congestion that now exists within global GT and sportscar racing’s ‘pre-season’ schedule, as well as the clamour from outside of Europe – and especially in America – to race at the iconic Mount Panorama.
"Pushing Bathurst back two weeks therefore makes perfect sense if we’re to ensure that even more of the world’s very best drivers can test themselves in Australia’s International Enduro."
Bathurst Regional Council Mayor, Robert Taylor, said: "We look forward to welcoming teams and spectators to the 2024 Bathurst 12 Hour in mid-February. The event continues to grow and the revised date will help ensure an even bigger line up of teams and drivers from across the world are able to participate.
"This will only enhance one of the best endurances races in the world, on one of the best race tracks in the world and keep bringing race fans to Bathurst and the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit."