Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:12

Event preview: 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

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The big one! The Bathurst 1000 remains the biggest event on the Supercars schedule; the race all teams and drivers want to win above all the rest.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #100 is your must-have guide to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and 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.

The Mount Panorama Circuit, originally constructed as a scenic tourist drive in 1938, has hosted a long-distance touring-car race since 1963, when the endurance event moved from Phillip Island. In 1973, the race was increased from 500 miles to 1000km and run to the same technical regulations as the Australian Touring Car Championship. The Bathurst 1000 was included in the championship from 1999 and has played a big part in the title proceedings in recent seasons.

Mount Panorama is a favourite amongst the drivers and ranks amongst the best race tracks of the world. The undulating run from Griffin's Bend to Forrest's Elbow is considered the greatest test of drivers on the Supercars schedule.

Recent Bathursts have been decided in manic final stints, including last season when a collision between leaders Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander paved the way for Tekno Autosports' Will Davison to sail through for the win.

An added complication for teams will be the switch to last year's specification Dunlop tyre to ensure the championship avoids a repeat of the failures witnessed at Phillip Island this season.

CLICK HERE for 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup entry list.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #100 to read the full preview.

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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

 Scott McLaughlin

2033

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

1902

 3

 David Reynolds

1646

 4

 Jamie Whincup

1630

 5

 Craig Lowndes

1602

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

1430

 7

 Scott Pye 

1384

 8

 Rick Kelly

1372

 9

 Chaz Mostert

1286

 10

 James Courtney

1236

 Full points table