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Old 25 Feb 2016, 03:52 (Ref:3617574)   #31
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The 2016 date was announced about 10 days after the 2015 race, so the 2017 dates should surely be announced soon ?
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Old 25 Feb 2016, 08:58 (Ref:3617633)   #32
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the 12 hour site has gone very quiet post race

suspect the delay is due to the new media deal
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Old 25 Feb 2016, 10:58 (Ref:3617664)   #33
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suspect the delay is due to the new media deal
The event moving to Fox Sports perhaps?
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Old 25 Feb 2016, 11:22 (Ref:3617673)   #34
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the 12 hour site has gone very quiet post race

suspect the delay is due to the new media deal
Shouldn't affect the date of the event - not too many options there.

One would hope they don't change media deal much - especially with the progression that has been achieved here
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Old 26 Feb 2016, 02:36 (Ref:3617863)   #35
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Perhaps, with V8SC now handling the race, their focus has been on test days and Clipsal ...

Perhaps, as part of a series, V8SC need to work with SRO to agree dates ... assuming (and hoping) the Intercontinental GT Challenge continues beyond this year.

I assume V8SC does not have anyone specifically focussed on B12 2017 at this point, whereas James O'Brien would have been. The 2017 Dubai 24hr dates are set, so if that is a factor in determining the B12 dates, they can move forward. I'm hoping that the Fox factor is not a factor at all.
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No date for the race yet, but a date for a pseudo test day at Mt Panorama has been set: James Obrien launches new Bathurst event
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Old 26 Feb 2016, 21:28 (Ref:3618114)   #37
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Of course under the new ownership return on investment will be the prime consideration as to if the event takes place next year.

And then they'll decide on when.
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Of course under the new ownership return on investment will be the prime consideration as to if the event takes place next year.

And then they'll decide on when.
Remember that the Bathurst Regional Council still have half ownership in the event, and they would obviously want to have it next year.
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2016 Geneva Motor Show: Aston Martin to launch Bathurst 12 Hour assault


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ASTON Martin will launch a factory-backed assault on the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour, with the company’s boss one of the drivers.
Wheels can exclusively reveal that Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer will campaign a single car at next year’s event alongside one of Aston Martin’s factory GT3 drivers. A local recruit, as yet unnamed, is also likely to join the Aston line-up.
“I’m planning on racing in it [the 12 Hour] next year,” Palmer told Wheels at the Geneva Motor Show. “I’m personally going to be driving, and I don’t believe we’ve publically announced it. Well, until now.
“For me it has always been one of those dreams to go and race at Bathurst and now there’s an opportunity to go and do it next year.”
Palmer confirmed he has already started assembling a team for the event, with the single car to have full factory support. The car in question will be an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, prepped to either GT3 or GT4 spec.
He ruled out racing the brand’s new DB11, shown at the Geneva show, saying Vantage would remain the British brand’s racing car of choice. Aston recently revealed its new V8 Vantage GTE (pictured), which will contest this year’s World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. There it will challenge the likes of Audi, Porsche, Ford and Ferrari for class honours.
“It’ll be a factory team,” said Palmer. “I don’t think we’ll team up with any local teams. We may bring in a local driver but we’ll work that out. We’ve started to put a team together.
“We’ll find a good Aussie to help us along; there are plenty of them.”
As for who else will fill the driver’s seat alongside Palmer, a factory Aston driver is the logical choice. Interestingly, New Zealander Richie Stanaway is one of the drivers on Aston’s roster.
Palmer has no illusions of winning the event, revealing he’s setting himself realistic expectations. He does, however, have previous GT racing experience, having campaigned an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 in last year’s Britcar 24 Hour race at Silverstone.
“I’m not going there [to Bathurst] for outright honours, I’m going to survive!” he said. “We’re going there for the experience.”
Next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour won’t be the first factory excursion that Aston Martin has made to the home of Australian motorsport. Several Wheels readers reported in mid-February that an Aston Martin DB11 development prototype sent here for testing had visited the track for a recce.
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There's a story doing the rounds that the announcement of the date for 2017 is being delayed whilst the promoters of the events figure out the fors and againsts of running one of their categories at the event on the Saturday afternoon in an enduro or perhaps test session. If rumours are led to be believed of course...
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There's a story doing the rounds that the announcement of the date for 2017 is being delayed whilst the promoters of the events figure out the fors and againsts of running one of their categories at the event on the Saturday afternoon in an enduro or perhaps test session. If rumours are led to be believed of course...
That is worrying
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I couldn't see it happening. The DVS cars have their own enduro and it would make zero sense for the main game to run as a support act to another race.
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Absolute idiots!
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I couldn't see it happening. The DVS cars have their own enduro and it would make zero sense for the main game to run as a support act to another race.
One of the options allegedly being looked at is a Dunlop mini enduro at the 12 hour, and a 250km GT race at the October meeting. Allegedly.
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One of the options allegedly being looked at is a Dunlop mini enduro at the 12 hour, and a 250km GT race at the October meeting. Allegedly.
Well if it were to happen, I don't have a problem with it.

Of course I am not looking at the effect on track time and so on for the 12 hour, but from an entertainment and fan perspective and for driver/team networking I can only see positives.

I love cars of all types racing around Bathurst!
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