Formula 1 legend Rubens Barrichello will make his debut at Mount Panorama, driving an S5000 car in the inaugural Bathurst International event this Novemeber.
The Bathurst event will be his third drive in the class, coming after his drive in the category’s memorable debut meeting at Sandown last September, as well as him upcoming entry in the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix on March 12-15.
The two events dovetail in with his season-long commitment to the Brazilian Stock Car (Touring Car) Championship, in which he spearheads the debut of Toyota this year, and also the Argentinian Super TC2000 series, again with Toyota.
Barrichello will drive for Team BRM at both the Grand Prix and the Bathurst International event in the same red S5000 chassis that he drove at Sandown in September last year.
The Sandown event proved that Barrichello has lost none of his competitive edge, finishing second in the feature race and mixing it all weekend with his younger rivals.
While it will take Barrichello little time to get reaccustomed to Albert Park track, he is looking forward to making his first-ever trip to Mount Panorama, competing at the Bathurst International.
The new Bathurst event will feature one of the best collection of global motor racing categories including S5000s, the TCR Bathurst 500 touring car race, modern Trans Am muscle cars and heritage muscle cars.
Brazilian racing legend
“Of course, I am thrilled to be coming back to Australia, not once but twice in 2020, to continue my open wheeler career in S5000 at the two biggest and most iconic race tracks in the country – Albert Park and Bathurst,” said Rubens Barrichello.
“Sandown provided a tremendous insight into Australia’s new high-profile motorsport category for me, and I’m sure that the events at the Australian Grand Prix and then Bathurst in November, will well and truly put S5000 on the international map.
“The Grand Prix event will allow many, many international drivers to see – and hear – S5000, and they will then understand the attraction.
“At Bathurst, after most international series have concluded, will bring the opportunity to drive a special car around a circuit all Australians love, which I would expect to attract drivers from all over the world. It will be an exciting end to the year for sure.”