Bathurst 24 Hour Prospects Looking Good
The likelihood of a Bathurst 24-Hour race running in November this
year is much stronger today, following a very positive meeting between
Bathurst City Council and PROCAR representatives yesterday.
Bathurst Mayor Councillor
Kath Knowles said representatives of the Board of PROCAR Australia
are working with the Council to see that this world-class event
continues for a third year.
“A number of options
are being considered at the moment that look very positive for the
immediate future of the event,” Cr Knowles said.
“For the benefit
of the city and the future of the extensive redevelopment project
at Mount Panorama, Council is committed to doing what it can to
see that the Bathurst 24-Hour race does go ahead.
“There has been
a significant level of international recognition achieved in only
two years of the event and Council would like to see that its investment
on behalf of the people of Bathurst continues to grow.
“Both State and
Federal Governments have also made a significant investment in the
future of Mount Panorama and it is important that Council does what
it can to see that events that support ongoing tourism business
in the Bathurst region, like the 24-Hour race, are given the best
chance to succeed.”
PROCAR Chief Executive
Officer Frank Slowiak said the company was keen to provide ongoing
support for the event where possible.
“It would be a
very positive thing for the region and indeed the nation if the
24-Hour could be allowed to continue to reach the potential PROCAR
founder Ross Palmer could see it becoming when he developed the
concept almost three years ago,” Mr Slowiak said.
“The Bathurst 24-Hour
is a unique event that last year was broadcast to a worldwide audience
in 100 countries and attracted seven international teams and 15
international media outlets - in only the second year.”
The third Bathurst 24-Hour
is scheduled provisionally for 19-21 November.