Schedule locked in as Group C joins 12-Hour track program in 2020

DEMONSTRATION sessions for a field of classic Group C Sports Cars from the 1980s highlight a jam-packed on-track schedule for the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, released today.

The addition of the classic Le Mans racers highlight a packed program across the three days of the 31 January – 2 February event.

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Three support categories – Aussie Racing Cars, Group S Historic Sports Cars and Combined Sedans – and more than six hours of track time for 12-hour cars prior to the race on Sunday ensure the focus is on providing non-stop entertainment on track this year.

Introduced by the FIA as the main International Sports Car category in 1982, Group C was famous for providing some of the fastest and most impressive Sports Cars in the history of the sport.

While perhaps most famous for the all-conquering Porsche 956 and subsequent 962 models, the class attracted a range of brands to compete in both the World Sportscar Championship, Le Mans and in the IMSA GTP Series, which utilised similar rules.

A selection of classic Croup C Machinery will take to the track once on Friday and then for a pair of 15-minute sessions on Saturday.

Practice for the 12-Hour itself commences on Friday morning with a 30-minute session for all-comers, excluding platinum and gold ranked drivers competing in Class A.

That session is then followed immediately by a further one-hour of practice for all entrants.

Practice 3 will likely see teams begin to simulate qualifying while the fourth session on Friday will likely see conditions close to the Shootout on Saturday afternoon.

The fifth and final practice session will be held on Saturday morning and see teams complete a final systems-check before qualifying takes over the schedule later that day.

To be held across two parts, a 45-minute session for all cars will be immediately followed by a 30-minute session for Class A cars only to determine who progresses through to the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout that afternoon.

The Shootout will commence just after 5PM local time on Saturday.

FOX Sports will cover Saturday’s action exclusively with their broadcast to run between 12:30pm – 6:00pm local time.

Along with the 12-Hour and Group C demonstration sessions, Saturday will also feature six support category races from Aussie Racing Cars, Group S Historic Sports Cars and Combined Sedans.

The support categories will practice and qualify on Friday morning with the first racing of the weekend to commence at 1:45pm that afternoon.

As per tradition, the 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour Race itself commences at 5:45am on Sunday morning, 2 February.

Sunday’s coverage will commence at 5:30am local time and run for 12.5 Hours concurrently on Channel 7 and FOX Sports 506.

Friday 31 January
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
7:00 7:15 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Closure
0:05
7:20 7:50 Aussie Race Cars 0:30 Practice / Qualifying
0:10
8:00 8:30 Group S 0:30 Practice / Qualifying
0:10
8:40 9:10 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Practice 1
(exc. Class A Platinum & Gold drivers)
0:05
9:15 10:15 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 2
0:10
10:25 10:55 Combined Sedans 0:30 Practice / Qualifying
0:20
11:15 12:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:50 Resident Access
11:15 Bathurst 12 Hour Refuellers Briefing
0:15
12:20 13:20 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 3
0:05
13:25 13:30 TV Track Session 0:05 TV Production
13:30 13:40 Group C 0:10 Demonstration
0:05
13:45 14:15 Aussie Race Cars 0:30 Race 1
0:10
14:25 14:55 Group S 0:30 Race  1
0:10
15:05 16:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 4
0:10
16:15 16:50 Combined Sedans 0:35 Race  1
0:10
17:00 17:30 Aussie Race Cars 0:30 Race 2
0:05
17:35 17:50 TV Track Session 0:15 TV Production
17:50 18:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening
Saturday 1 February
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
7:00 7:15 0:15 Commence Circuit Closure
0:05
7:20 7:55 Combined Sedans 0:35 Race 2
0:10
8:05 8:35 Group S 0:30 Race 2
0:10
8:45 9:45 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 5
0:05
9:50 10:05 Group C 0:15 Demonstration
0:05
10:10 10:40 Sponsor ride session 0:30 Entertainment Session
0:05
10:45 11:15 Aussie Race Cars 0:30 Race 3
0:20
11:15 Bathurst 12 hour 0:30 Team Managers & Drivers Briefing (2)
11:35 12:25 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:50 Resident Access
0:15
12:40 13:25 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:45 Qualifying 1 (All Classes)
0:10
13:35 14:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Qualifying 2 (Class A Only)
0:05
14:10 14:40 Sponsor ride session 0:30 Entertainment Session
0:05
14:45 15:15 Group S 0:30 Race 3
0:10
15:25 16:00 Combined Sedans 0:35 Race 3
0:10
16:10 16:40 Aussie Race Cars 0:30 Race 4
0:05
16:45 17:00 Group C 0:15 Demonstration
0:05
17:05 17:50 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:45 Top 10 Shootout (Class A only)
17:50 18:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening
Sunday 2 February
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
4:55 5:10 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Closure
0:05
5:15 Pit Exit Open
5:25 Pit Exit Close
5:45 17:45 Bathurst 12 Hour 12:00 RACE
Podium
17:55 18:10 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening