Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:43

Analysis: Doubling up at Bathurst

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Supercars looks set to commit to a second championship round in Bathurst at the proposed Velocity Park facility adjacent to Mount Panorama, as we explore in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #100.

Issue #100 is your must-have guide to the Pirtek Endurance Cup, including event previews, team profiles, driver line-up, records, statistics and more.

Issue #100 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #100.

A sprint round at Mount Panorama Circuit is considered sacrilegious to hardcore motorsport fans in Australia. But the development of the Velocity Park facility will allow for Supercars to add a second round in Bathurst to the championship while protecting the status of the Bathurst 1000.

The 4.58km FIA/FIM-accredited Velocity Park facility would sit adjacent to the 6.2km Mount Panorama Circuit, nearest Sulman Park. Bathurst Regional Council has been pushing for a permanent facility to compliment Mount Panorama, given the restrictions on the usage of the public roads that make up the home of the Bathurst 1000 and with an eye on attracting major motorcycling events.

The $52.4 million Velocity Park project on a 668-hectare parcel will create an estimated 220 new jobs with a potential capacity of 50,000.

Bathurst staged Australian Touring Car Championship rounds in 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1995 and 1996. The latter two recorded poor crowds and were criticised for intruding on the Bathurst 1000, which itself was included in the championship from 1999.

Supercars has already declared its interest in Velocity Park for a sprint round in the coming years.

"We would absolutely consider running a SuperSprint round at Bathurst once it's completed," Supercars CEO James Warburton told Supercars.com.

"The way the second circuit is being planned, a sprint event on that layout would have a completely different DNA to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.

"It's something that would be a great addition to the calendar for us."

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

3042

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

3021

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2812

 4

 Shane van Gisbergen

2769

 5

 Chaz Mostert

2748

 6

Mark Winterbottom 

2208

 7

 David Reynolds

2196

 8

 Cameron Waters

2173

 9

 Garth Tander

2169

 10

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 Full points table