The 2021 edition of Bathurst 1000 is set to be one of the biggest ever after the 2020 race’s crowd capacity was limited due to Covid-19.
Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander will be hoping to go back-to-back while Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will be hoping to spoil the party.
Here’s everything you need to know for the biggest event on the Supercars calendar.
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2021 BATHURST 1000 SCHEDULE (all times in AEDT)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
10:00am: Practice 1 (60 minutes)
4:15pm: Practice 2 (60 minutes)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
10:45am: Practice 3 (60 minutes)
1:35pm: Practice 4 (60 minutes)
4:35pm: Qualifying (40 minutes)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
10:15am: Practice 5 (60 minutes)
12:15pm: Practice 6 (60 minutes)
5:05pm: Top Ten Shootout
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
9:15am: Warm Up (20 minutes)
12:15pm: Race 31 (161 laps)
HOW LONG DOES THE BATHURST 1000 GO FOR?
The race is 161 laps in length and generally takes between six and seven hours to complete, depending on weather and Safety Car periods.
A likely race finish time can be anywhere between 6pm and 8pm AEDT.
The Bathurst 1000 is the only race on the Supercars calendar without a certain finish time.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE 2021 BATHURST 1000?
Every Supercars practice session, qualifying, the Top 10 Shootout and the main race, plus all support category action will be LIVE and AD-BREAK FREE on the FOX SPORTS BATHURST Channel (Foxtel Channel 503).
This year will see the biggest ever dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel on Foxtel and Kayo from Monday until Sunday, December 5.
Sunday’s coverage begins at 8.15am for everything Bathurst 1000.
We will also be showing a range of other highlights to get your fix of Bathurst content for the week leading up to the Main Event.
Tuesday, November 30 at 7.00pm – Lowndes at The Mountain – Jess Yates relives Craig Lowndes’ biggest moments at Mount Panorama.
LIVE Wednesday, December 1 at 6.00pm – The Mountain Uncovered – Our team of experts take you onto one of the greatest motor racing circuits in the world. Every kerb, king and corner described, analysed and explained.
Thursday, December 2 at 6.00pm – Bathurst Blue Oval Special – The history, success and stories of Ford at Mount Panorama featuring a host of special guests.
Friday, December 3 at 6.00pm – The Story of the Monaro 427C – A documentary of one of the greatest stories in Australian motorsport history. In 2002 Gary Rogers Motorsport partnered with Holden to win the first ever Bathurst 24 hour endurance race.
LIVE Friday, December 3 at 7.00pm – Friday Night Live – Our annual extravaganza from Pit Lane at Mount Panorama, the finals of the Pirtek Pitstop Challenge and so much more.
Saturday, December 4 at 6.30pm – Brock: Over The Top – An epic documentary of legendary race car driver Peter Brock told by his family, partners and closest colleagues. A cinematic, thrilling and intimate portrait of a life lived on the racing track and in the public eye.
Top 10 Bathurst Magic Moments – Throughout the week the Bathurst channel will pay homage to the golden races over the past 25 years, with a top ten of the best.
For more details on the full-coverage of Bathurst 1000 click here.
MOUNT PANORAMA HISTORY
The race is held in central western New South Wales in Bathurst, which is approximately 200km northwest of Sydney.
The Bathurst 1000 is held on the outskirts of the town at the Mount Panorama Circuit. The circuit is 6.213km of public road, and was first built as a scenic tourist drive in 1938.
Away from the 1000km classic, Mount Panorama has also played host to 12 and 24 Hour endurance events, motorcycle races and even the Australian Grand Prix.
The circuit is as tricky as they come. There are two straights in excess of a kilometre in length — Mountain Straight at 1.111km, and Conrod Straight at 1.916km — which are complemented by tight, fast sections across the top which feature blind corners taken at pace.
To tackle a lap at Bathurst, you need perfect synergy between driver and car. The lap begins on Pit Straight before a 90-degree left-hander named Hell Corner. Cars then shoot up Mountain Straight before heading into Turn 2 (Griffins Bend) before a slow, narrow section called The Cutting.
From there, drivers ascend and descend the mountain and are kept company by concrete walls on either side, akin to a street circuit. From Sulman Park to McPhillamy Park, from Brock’s Skyline to The Esses and the Dipper, the mountain section pushes a driver’s concentration to the limit.
After exiting Forrest’s Elbow, cars motor down Conrod Straight and touch a top speed of 300km/h before turning right into The Chase — the fastest corner in Australian motorsport.
The lap ends with a 90-degree left-hander named Murray’s Corner, with a single tour taking just over two minutes to complete.
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Lap length: 6.213km
Practice/qualifying lap record: 2:03.3783s (Scott McLaughlin, 2019, Top 10 Shootout, Shell V-Power Racing Team, Ford Mustang GT)
Race lap record: 2:04.7602s (Chaz Mostert, Lap 155, 2019, Tickford Racing, Ford Mustang GT)
Top speed: 300km/h
Average speed: 180km/h
BATHURST 1000 HISTORY
This year marks the 64th running of The Great Race, which began as a 500 mile (800km) event in 1960 at Phillip Island.
The event moved to Mount Panorama in 1963 and was held on the NSW Labour Day long weekend.
The circuit’s most significant alteration occurred for 1987 with the addition of the kink on Conrod Straight, named The Chase.
In 1997, a controversial conflict between AVESCO and race organisers the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club saw separate races — one for Super Tourers, and another for V8 Supercars. By 1999, the Bathurst 1000 had become a V8 Supercars event only.
The winners of the race receive the Peter Brock Trophy, named in honour of the record nine-time winner of the event.
Race distance: 1000km
Race laps: 161
Pit stops: Minimum seven compulsory pit stops
Laps per driver: Minimum 54 laps per driver, maximum 107 laps per driver
2021 BATHURST 1000 WEATHER FORECAST
There is a high chance of rain across the week from Monday to Saturday with significant cloud cover.
Luckily it seems to be clear on Sunday with only a 20% chance of rain and the sun poking through the clouds.
To see the full and latest weather forecast from BOM click here.
2021 BATHURST 1000: THE ODDS (at 29/11/2021 courtesy of Sportsbet)
4.20: van Gisbergen/Tander
5.50: de Pasquale/D’Alberto
31.00: Hazlewood/Fiore, Slade/Blanchard
51.00: Heimgartner/Campbell, Fullwood/Luff, Reynolds/Youlden, Le Brocq/Best, Winterbottom/Caruso, Ingall/Feeney, Pye/Golding
426.00: Coulthard/Webb, Jacobson/O’Keeffe
501.00: Kostecki/Kostecki, Smith/Wall, Goddard/Odeja
BATHURST 1000: RECENT WINNERS
2020: Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander (Holden)
2019: Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat (Ford)
2018: Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards (Holden)
2017: David Reynolds/Luke Youlden (Holden)
2016: Will Davison/Jonathon Webb (Holden)
2015: Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards (Holden)
2014: Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris (Ford)
2013: Mark Winterbottom/Steven Richards (Ford)
2012: Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell (Holden)
2011: Garth Tander/Nick Percat (Holden)
2010: Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife (Holden)
2009: Garth Tander/Will Davison (Holden)
BATHURST 1000: STATS (POST-RACE)
MOST WINS (1000km RACE): Peter Brock (9)
MOST POLES: Peter Brock (6)
MOST SHOOTOUT STARTS: Dick Johnson (21)
MOST RACE STARTS: Jim Richards (35)