Bathurst 1000 2018 12 things you need to know about 'The Great Race’
Sportsnet Holidays offer excellent value tour and travel packages for the annual Bathurst 1000 in 2018! We essentially incorporate your Mount Panorama great race escape with quality accommodation, transfers and reserved event tickets. All you have to do is select your travel dates and which mates to take. Everything else is bundled together in an itinerary suited to you. And since we love to help our guests any way we can, we’ve compiled 12 fast facts about the Bathurst 1000 – Go get your supercar knowledge into top gear, right here;
1. One of the longest Endurances
The Mount Panorama Circuit is 6.213km in length and the total race distance is 1000.29km. The track is known for its 174-metre difference between its highest and lowest points – it is a mountain after all. V8 Supercars can reach top speeds of almost 300km/h down Conrod Straight.
2. Tyres Galore!
Approximately 950+ tyres will be used over the Bathurst 1000 Each V8 supercar is allowed four sets of tyres for the duration of the race. (32 tyres in total). If it rains there is no restriction on how many wet weather tyres can be used.
3. Peter Brock
The late Peter Brock holds the record for the most wins for a Bathurst race. He graced the podium as champ an astounding 9 times throughout his impressive career. Peter Brock aka Brockie was affectionally known to fans as peers as the ‘King of the Mountain’. Interestingly his protégé Craig Lowndes has won the V8 Supercars Bathurst event six times and will no doubt be amped to make it seven come 2018.
4. New Zealand Bathurst Multiple Championships
New Zealand’s Jim Richards won the race seven times and holds the record for the most starts (35) at this event. Richards’ son Steven is also a four-time winner (1998, 1999, 2013 and 2015). The only other multiple winner from New Zealand is Greg Murphy who has won the race four times.
5. Enthusiasm of The Crowd
The enthusiastic crowd is well known for getting rowdy at times. The event is heavily policed to deter would be offenders, however there’s no shortage of arrests for unruly behaviour. DUI’s and traffic infringement notices are fairly frequent throughout Bathurst 1000 dates. Have fun, keep your wits about you and you’ll avoid the fuzz.
6. Fluid Loss
Witness the Fitness; Temperatures inside the cars can reach up to 60 degrees Celsius. Hence most of the leading drivers train up to 6 days a week to condition their bodies. Drivers can lose approx. three litres of fluid over the course of the Bathurst 1000 schedule. Note; Race drivers wear ‘cool suits’ that rotate chilled water through an embedded vest.
7. Hours on the Wheel
The most hours one driver can remain behind the wheel continuously is 3. And the most hours one driver can complete in total during the race is 3.5. Hence driver exchange is mandatory for competing teams.
8. Mount Panorama Circuit
Originally constructed in 1938 as a scenic tourist drive, the Mount Panorama Circuit is a public road on non-race weekends. It is ranked among the great racetracks of the world.
8. Ford vs Holden
The long-established Ford vs Holden rivalry is intense to say the least. Bathurst has been a battlefield for homegrown V8 muscle cars for 50 years. Ford scored with its 1967 Falcon XR GT and Holden counteracted with a Monaro in 1968. The battle continued to rage on as showroom-stock gave way to purpose-built race cars. Only 6 of 55 wins have been claimed by other manufacturers at the mountain.
11. Closest Win 0.1 Seconds
The Bathurst 1000 race has been running for 55 years and is the biggest supercars event in Australia. Attracting up to and over 200,000 rev head fans to Mt Panorama for the weekend of ‘The Great Race’.
12. Dave Reynolds
In 2017 Dave Reynolds became a Mount Panorama legend by winning the Bathurst 1000 in a thrilling 161 lap fight. It was a career defining moment for the driver! Reynolds obliterated the biggest names in V8 Supercars to become a Bathurst King. Definitely keep a close watch on him come 2018.