Ex-Formula One world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso might tackle Mount Panorama next year as part of a new event at Australia's home of motorsport.
The duo, along with fellow F1 stars Nico Rosberg and Rubens Barrichello, are expected to receive invitations to compete in the S5000 race at the inaugural Bathurst International.
The three-day event, launched on Tuesday, will feature several races in different categories including the eye-catching S5000s.
The V8-powered open wheelers made their Australian debut in September at Sandown, with Brazilian Barrichello among the competitors for the inaugural event.
Australian Racing Group director Matt Braid hopes the proposed December 4-6 dates for the event will allow him to aim high when inviting drivers to compete in the S5000 race.
"This event was presented as a true opportunity to bring a new international focus to Bathurst," Braid said.
"Up to now, there has been limited opportunities for international drivers to compete at Australia's best race track in cars they are used to racing in their home series.
"With the variety of categories on offer at the event, and a date that comes after most global series have concluded, means the Bathurst International will see international drivers, teams and their cars compete head-to-head with Australia's best drivers across multiple races over the event weekend."
Touted as Australia's fastest racing cars, the S5000s have the potential to break the lap record at the 6.2km track.
"I feel that the S5000s are going to produce some unbelievable racing and lap times," two-time Bathurst 1000 winner John Bowe said.
"Those cars will be very fast and there's no doubt that their power and handling will see the lap record be broken."
As well as the S5000 race, the weekend will feature a field of up to 55 two-litre touring cars competing in a 500km two-driver TCR event.
Organisers will invite touring car teams from all over the world to compete in the event.
British Touring Car star Andy Priaulx, having competed in four Bathurst 1000s, said getting the chance to return to Mount Panorama was exciting.
"Bathurst is one of the best race tracks in the world - it's a kind of mix between Spa and Macau," Priaulx said.
"It will be fantastic to drive there in a TCR car that will perform really well over the top.
"I have very fond memories of my previous experiences on the circuit and I am sure that the TCR race will provide a very exciting show."
The new event means, for the first time in a calendar year, the Mount Panorama circuit will be used for five events including the Bathurst 12-Hour and the Bathurst 1000 endurance races.
Australian Associated Press