Dan McCarthy

The popular 12-hour Bathurst parade before the event will return in 2022, and on Thursday racing cars will drive from downtown Bathurst to the track.

On Thursday morning, the entire field will travel from the track to the center of Bathurst, meeting with fans in the afternoon before returning to the track.

The annual City on the Trail parade has become a unique tradition of the 12-hour Bathurst event, which draws thousands of fans along the route and into the city center to see cars and race racers.

In addition, this year the flags will be provided to schools on the route “City on the highway”, which will allow local students to take part in a unique event.

Cars will leave the track at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, heading across Panorama Avenue before turning left onto Diamond Street and right onto George Street before parking in downtown Bathurst on Russell Street, which will be closed to traffic.

Drivers will be present from 11:30 a.m. to meet and greet Bathurst’s audience and hand out autographs before returning to the track accompanied by police at approximately 1 p.m.

Cars return to the trail by turning right from Russell Street and driving directly onto the trail through William Street and Panorama Avenue before entering the pit lane via Hell Corner (turn 1).

At the parade, the racing cars participating in the parade have a temporary registration with the NSW Road and Maritime Service, making them the only legal GT3 racing cars in the world at the time.

After the parade, the Bathurst Regional Council will present plaques to the winners of the 2020 race to the members of the last winning team in 12 hours, French GT star Jules Gunon – the only racer to return and accept the plaque.

Now driving a Mercedes-AMG for SunEnergy1 Racing, Gunon was one of three drivers who helped Bentley achieve a long-awaited victory in the 12-hour Bathurst race

Starting this year, all winners of the 12-hour Bathurst race will be celebrated on the new Bathurst Enduro Walk of Fame and can be found near the National Museum of Car Racing on Murray’s Corner (last turn), next to the iconic statue of Peter Brock. .

The 2020 winners will be the first to be added to the new display, and will see all previous Bathurst winners at 12, 24 and 6 p.m.

12 hours of Bathurst 2022 will be held this weekend, May 13-15, and the race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo and Seven Network.


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