The round the clock enduro strays into unknown territory this weekend, the mid-Could date a major departure from the normal summer season slot.
That’s compelled some scheduling modifications, together with the earliest begin ever and a devoted evening time follow to assist crews put together for extra darkish working than regular as a result of shorter pre-winter days.
It has additionally prompted issues over fog delays, notably after there have been points on race day on the Bathurst 6 Hour final month.
The Sunday schedule was pushed again half an hour as a result of foggy situations within the morning that made it unsafe to have automobiles on monitor as a result of a scarcity of visibility between flag factors.
The fog difficulty was introduced up by Triple Eight driver Shane van Gisbergen final week when he was requested in regards to the 12 Hour.
“The center of the yr will likely be fascinating,” he stated. “The 6 Hour was fairly fogged out till 9am, so we’ll pray that there’s no fog for the 12 Hour.”
The risk isn’t misplaced on organisers with a plan in place to cope with potential points from wintery climate.
In response to the rules the clock will begin ticking on the race on the graduation of the formation lap behind the Security Automotive at 5:15am.
The intention of Race Management, led by Supercars race director James Taylor and driving requirements advisor Craig Baird, will likely be for that to be the case whatever the climate.
A choice will then be taken concerning the race going inexperienced and the situations, with choices to delay the beginning and even droop the race, with the clock ticking, if required.
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The identical goes for worsening situations in the course of the race, for instance any onset of fog round daybreak.
“The intention is for the race to formally begin on the graduation of the formation lap, behind the Security Automotive, at 5:15am, as per regular process,” stated a Bathurst 12 Hour spokesperson.
“Situations on the graduation of the formation lap will likely be assessed by Motorsport Australia Race Management, with a choice taken to proceed with the rolling begin, proceed behind the Security Automotive or droop the race taken from that time.
“Ought to the race start immediately, however fog grow to be current in the course of the race itself, Race Management will monitor situations and may it’s wanted, the Security Automotive will likely be deployed.
“Ought to situations grow to be worse the race will likely be suspended underneath the rules in place.
“Ought to any driving time be misplaced throughout a race suspension, the Motorsport Australia stewards of the occasion will decide how key elements (together with minimal and most driving time) within the occasion sporting rules will likely be utilized to the rest of the race.”
The Bathurst 12 Hour will shift again to a February date subsequent yr, when it’s also anticipated to return to full Professional rules.
Regardless of being downgraded to Professional-Am this yr it’s nonetheless the opening spherical of the Intercontinental GT Problem.
Observe motion kicks off at Mount Panorama this Friday.