The annual production car race, traditionally held at Easter, has so far existed without a driver classification system.
But based on feedback from competitors, the rules will change from next year, with a Pro-Am formula set to kick in.
All the drivers registered for the race will belong to the Pro or Am category, no registration being able to have more than one professional driver.
Based on these rules, the winning BMW of the 2021 race would have consisted of a pro (Shane van Gisbergen) and two ams (Shane Smollen and Rob Rubis).
Driver categorization will be determined by Event Director Ken Collier, who is a member of the FIA Driver Classification Committee, Motorsport Australia officials and Bathurst 6 Hour event stewards.
“The whole point of adding the driver categorization rule is to protect what is currently 6 Hours Bathurst,” said Collier.
“The race is designed to be as accessible as possible to as many riders of all experience levels as possible, and we didn’t want to go down a path where factory teams filled with professional riders are starting to dominate the entry list,” potentially limiting the chances of others getting a great result.
“If you look at the last few years of racing there are very few suits that stand out as potentially having two ‘pro’ drivers, so that’s not something we see as a major issue going forward – it is simply a matter of ensuring that the race remains its accessibility as it is.
“We are 100% focused on keeping this race based on ‘am’ drivers, while allowing the teams to lead the superstar, professional drivers who make it so exciting and add so much to the event.”
The technical rules for the 2022 event are mostly unchanged, with registrations now open.