BATHURST wasn't going to turn down the opportunity to have a second Supercars round at Mount Panorama, however, it's unlikely to get the chance again.
According to Speedcafe, the event is unlikely to be able to return outside of the turbulent COVID times.
The article, released on Saturday afternoon, quoted Supercars CEO Sean Seamer as saying "No, I don't think so" when asked whether the category would consider having two parallel Supercars events at Mount Panorama again.
"I think that this is special. It's great that we're able to start the season this way, but the intention is the [Bathurst] 12 Hour would stay at the start and then, as you know, we've got Newcastle as the first round from next year," he said.
"You'd never have a Mount Panorama 500 and roll into Newcastle. That's a lot in one state in one period in time."
What makes the situation difficult is that, being a public road, the Mount Panorama circuit is limited to five full-track closures a year.
With the Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst 6 Hour, Bathurst 1000, Challenge Bathurst and now the Bathurst International, the calendar is full.
One possibility is for a second Supercars round to be combined with the 12 Hour race meeting, as the latter event is also held by Supercars.
While it seems it is off the cards, Mayor Bobby Bourke would love to see two Supercars rounds at Bathurst become a permanent arrangement in the future.
He has spoken to various drivers over the Bathurst 500, and he feels they are supportive of the idea.
"I think what I'm hearing out of the drivers - I spoke to a lot of the drivers - the opportunity this year to have two events here is what they're talking about," Cr Bourke said.
"They know it's the most iconic and probably best track in the world, and to have the opportunity of sprinting and the 1000 endurance race, they think they blend in very well.
"To me, the more practice they get on Mount Panorama, it makes it more exciting and better for them when they're racing here in the big one."
The Speedcafe article also said that Seamer had hinted that Bathurst could be the location for some pre-season testing for teams in 2022.
"It's not off the cards, particularly with Gen3 coming," Mr Seamer said.
"Access to this track is limited. So it's never off the table, but it's just got to fit in with the pre-season schedule."
The Bathurst 500 will conclude on Sunday with a 250-kilometre sprint race around Mount Panorama.
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