The Bend secures first international event for 2018

ARRC The Bend

pic: FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 

The Bend Motorsport Park will host a round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in a double header weekend with the Australian Superbike Championship in 2018.

The South Australian circuit confirmed the event for an April 19-22 date, which will take place on the International layout, the same 4.95km version set to be used by Supercars in August later in the year.

ARRC will bring three of their classes across to Australia, with the SuperSports 600cc, Asia Production 250cc and a one-make developmental series all set to join the ASBK on the event bill next year.

The 2-year deal will bring the series to Australian shores for the first time in ARRC history, a championship which acts as a stepping stone for riders in the Asia Pacific region into MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship.

Three-time WSBK champion Troy Bayliss was on hand for the launch on Wednesday morning, stating the championship’s arrival in Australia will benefit local riders immensely.

“Having Australia join the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship will provide another pathway for Australian riders to compete at an international level which is fantastic for the development of the sport,” said Bayliss.

The brand new, $100 million circuit has been built to both FIM Category A and FIA Grade 2 standards, and according to circuit owners, Peregrine Corporation, the ARRC is just the first major international event on their radar.

“We set out to create Australia’s ultimate world-class motorsport facility to attract major new international events,” said Sam Shahin, Peregrine Corporation executive director.

“Securing a double-header combined round of the FIM ARRC with the ASBK Championship coming back to South Australia is proof-positive this new venue is delivering.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale from December 12.