The Bathurst 6 Hour has been included on the 2020 Shannons Nationals calendar.
Next year’s national tour will again comprise seven rounds, beginning at Sydney Motorsport Park in late-March before the visit to Mount Panorama over Easter.
After Winton in May and The Bend in June, Round 5 in early-July has the circuit listed as ‘TBC’.
The season concludes with Phillip Island in August (subject to commercial agreement with the circuit) and Sandown in September.
The Bathurst 6 Hour’s presence highlights the continuation of the partnership between CAMS and the Australian Racing Group, which bought a share in the event earlier this year.
TCR Australia and S5000, which ARG promotes, are both set to feature on the Shannons Nationals calendar again in 2020, although other series and their specific calendars will be announced at a later date, as will broadcast and live stream arrangements.
Speedcafe.com understands that Queensland Raceway has been earmarked for the fifth Nationals round but has not yet been locked in.
Shannons Nationals Director, Michael Smith, said of the calendar: “2019 has really been a breakout year for the Shannons Nationals and we are even more excited about what is to come in 2020.
“With a significant boost in crowd and viewing figures so far this season, we’re certain that the Shannons Nationals will continue to grow even more with some terrific events scheduled for next year.
“In particular we have been delighted to work with Matt and the team at ARG to add Bathurst to the Shannons Nationals line up. The calendar promises plenty of exciting racing across a wide range of categories and circuits.”
ARG Director, Matt Braid, added: “In our first full year of racing, the Australian Racing Groups has enjoyed a positive relationship with CAMS and the confirmation of the events for next year is a strong sign of growth.
“We have seen really good broadcast audience interest, great media feedback and record crowd attendance.
“We are looking forward to building on that for a bigger, better 2020 season, utilising the multiple motorsport category offerings that CAMS and ARG are able to bring to these events.”
The final round of 2019 takes place at The Bend on November 15-17.
Shannons Nationals 2020 calendar
|1||Sydney Motorsport Park||Mar 27-29|
|2||Bathurst 6 Hour||Apr 10-12|
|4||The Bend||Jun 12-14|
|6||Phillip Island||Aug 21-23*|
* Subject to finalisation of commercial agreements with circuit