Bathurst 12 Hour track schedule released

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour

The on-track schedule for next month’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has been released by event organisers.

GT cars will return to Mount Panorama across the February 3-5 event with practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday ahead of Sunday’s 12-hour contest.

A 28-strong entry list was unveiled earlier this week, with the session times now also shored up.

The ‘Town to Track’ parade will once again take place on Thursday (February 2), which will see the full field drive from the circuit to Bathurst CBD.

Beginning at 10:30 local time, the cars will be on show in the town centre ‘until the early afternoon’.

On-track action commences on Friday, with the first of four Bathurst 12 Hour practice sessions scheduled to take place at 09:45.

Practice 2 at 11:05 is slated for Bronze-ranked drivers only, likewise for Practice 3 at 14:00.

Rounding out the day is Practice 4 at 16:10, with all of the day’s sessions set for 40 minutes in length.

A further two practice sessions, both one-hour in length, kick off Saturday’s action with Practice 5 at 08:35 and Practice 6 at 10:50.

Qualifying is split into two parts and the break in between those sessions will see the highly anticipated demonstration of the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car.

The first qualifying session, 25 minutes in length, starts at 12:45, followed by a 40-minute Qualifying 2 at 13:55.

That will set the grid from 11th position onwards, but also decide which cars make it into the Top 10 Shootout which commences at 16:10.

Notably, the shootout will be held across two segments of 15 minutes each: the bottom half of the top 10 to run first, followed by the quickest five cars last.

That was also the case in 2022, seeing a move away from the traditional one-lap dash format.

Race day on Sunday sees cars head to the grid at 05:15 ahead of the traditional 05:45 start time for the 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour.

Full broadcast details will be announced at a later date, however, coverage will be carried by Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, Seven, and 7plus.

Track schedule: 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour

Thursday 2 February
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
10:30 13:00 Bathurst 12 Hour 2:30 Town to Track Activity
Friday 3 February
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
8:00 8:15 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Closure
0:05
8:20 8:50 Combined Sedans 0:30 Qualifying 1
0:10
9:00 9:30 Formula Ford 0:30 Practice
0:15
9:45 10:25 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:40 Practice 1
0:10
10:35 10:55 Combined Sedans 0:20 Qualifying 2
0:10
11:05 11:45 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:40 Practice 2 (Bronze Drivers only)
0:10
11:55 12:15 Formula Ford 0:20 Qualifying
0:15
12:30 Bathurst 12 Hour Refuellers Briefing
12:30 13:00 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Resident Access
0:15
13:15 13:45 Combined Sedans 0:30 Race 1 – 10 Laps or 1 lap after 13:42
0:15
14:00 14:40 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:40 Practice 3 (Bronze Drivers only)
0:10
14:50 15:20 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Demonstration
0:10
15:30 15:55 Formula Ford 0:25 Race 1 – 1 lap after 15:52
0:15
16:10 16:50 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:40 Practice 4
0:10
17:00 17:15 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening
Saturday 4 February
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 Combined Sedans 0:30 Race 2 – 10 Laps or 1 lap after 7:47
0:10
8:00 8:25 Formula Ford 0:25 Race 2 – 1 lap after 8:22
0:10
8:35 9:35 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 5
0:15
9:50 10:40 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:50 Sponsor ride session
0:10
10:50 11:50 Bathurst 12 Hour 1:00 Practice 6
0:10
12:00 Bathurst 12 hour 0:30 Team Managers & Drivers Briefing (2)
12:00 12:30 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Resident Access
0:15
12:45 13:10 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:25 Qualifying – Part 1 (Q1)
0:15
13:25 13:45 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:20 Demonstration
0:10
13:55 14:35 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:40 Qualifying – Part 2 (Q2)
0:15
14:50 15:20 Combined Sedans 0:30 Race 3 – 10 Laps or 1 lap after 15:17
15:00 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:30 Autograph Session
0:10
15:30 15:55 Formula Ford 0:25 Race 3 – 1 lap after 15:52
0:15
16:10 16:25 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Top Ten Shootout Part 1 – Lower 50%
0:10
16:35 16:50 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Top Ten Shootout Part 2 – Upper 50%
0:10
17:00 17:15 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Demonstration
17:15 17:30 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening
Sunday 5 February
Start Finish Category Duration (h:mm) Session
4:50 5:05 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Closure
0:10
5:15 Pit Exit Open
5:20 Pit Exit Close
5:45 17:45 Bathurst 12 Hour 1 lap after 17:42 RACE
Podium
17:55 18:10 Bathurst 12 Hour 0:15 Commence Circuit Opening

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