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Supercars excited by Verstappen’s Bathurst 12 Hour interest

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Max Verstappen

The Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour’s recently-appointed party director, Shane Rudzis, has expressed his exhilaration at Max Verstappen’s fascination in competing in the function.

The 2021 entire world drivers’ champion especially recognized competing in the GT3 race at Bathurst as a need of his, perhaps even ahead of he finishes his Formula 1 vocation, in a the latest job interview for the Heroes edition of The Crimson Bulletin.

Rudzis would welcome Verstappen with open arms, to both of the Mount Panorama events which Supercars operates.

“We’re certainly open up for any driver globally who has an desire to just one day race on the Mountain, especially in the GT3 autos,” he advised Speedcafe.com.

“We’re undoubtedly open for him [Verstappen] to occur and compete in the race.”

Even in this year’s COVID-affected occasion, the Bathurst 12 Hour has grown to the point the place it attracts among the the quite very best GT3 motorists on the earth.

A not long ago crowned System 1 earth champion, even so, would arguably be a massive endorsement for the race.

“Without question,” agreed Rudzis.

“I imagine the calibre of the circuit, demonstrating that it’s just one of most tricky in the earth to be on, indicates the interest is there for these drivers to go and say, ‘Yeah, I want to go race there.’

“We have an event and individuals autos are acceptable so that, really should they get a hole in their F1 calendar or need to they appear the end of their professions and they want to do a little something a bit diverse, appear and race in the 12 Hour.

“We’d appreciate to have them there.”

Tantalisingly, Verstappen has previously been section of a Supercars celebration in the virtual entire world, possessing manufactured a wildcard visual appearance in the Eseries during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

There are also the clear professional connections, with Crimson Bull owning the namesake Formula 1 group for which the Dutchman drives, in addition to primary sponsorship of Triple Eight Race Engineering and its partnership with Supercars alone.

That has led to crossovers at the Australian Grand Prix, and Verstappen has even been a team-mate of Triple Eight driver Shane van Gisbergen in the iRacing version of the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Verstappen is shown the inside of of a Triple Eight Race Engineering Supercar by Shane van Gisbergen at Albert Park in 2017

“Without question, there is several connections inside the Supercars paddock and, from the 12 Hour perspective, attached to international motorsport that we can connect with these motorists,” affirmed Rudzis, who comes about to also be Supercars’ strategic partnerships supervisor.

“It’s a terrific option that we have and all over again, from a organization point of view, there is a lot more and more consideration for the 12 Hour.

“We’ve bought avenues to go down to catch the attention of some of these drivers there, and that is aspect of our method relocating ahead.”

Daniel Ricciardo has reiterated his motivation to compete in the Bathurst 12 Hour after currently being queried on that subject by Speedcafe.com in the wake of Verstappen’s reviews.

Following year’s as soon as-all-around-the-clock Mount Panorama enduro normally takes area from February 3-5.


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