Why Bathurst 1000?
The famous race is a ‘1000 given the race is held over a distance of 1000 kilometres of racing. It was originally a 500-mile race before becoming a 1000-kilometre event in 1973 and it has stayed that way ever since. The 2021 race is Repco’s first year as naming rights partner of Australia’s most famous race.
How did it all start?
What we now know as the Repco Bathurst 1000 started its life in another state on another circuit. When Mount Panorama was first constructed in 1938 it wasn’t labelled a race track, rather a Scenic Drive, and was in an area formerly known as Bald Hills. It hosted its first race weekend at Easter in 1938 and featuring the Australian Grand Prix, but the arrival of a touring car endurance race in 1963 eventually took the Mountain to new heights.
Did You Know...
The same cars that compete in the Repco Supercars Championship compete in the Repco Bathurst 1000. At the moment there are two types of cars eligible – the Holden Commodore ZB and Ford Mustang GT. Each are purpose-built, high-powered racing machines.
There are regularly 24 cars in the Repco Supercars Championship – in 2021 that is a blend of 16 Commodores and eight Mustangs – that all compete in the Repco Bathurst 1000, plus a handful of wildcard entrants that only compete in the Bathurst race.
In terms of drivers, the late Peter Brock stands above all as the most winning driver in the history of the race. He won the race nine times in his famous career, the first in 1972 and the last in 1987.In terms of manufacturers, Holden has won the most times – 34 – via its various Monaro, Torana and Commodore models.
Chaz Mostert holds the both the Repco Bathurst 1000 race lap record and the Supercars race lap record at the Mount Panorama track.
He set the Repco Bathurst 1000 lap record in 2019 with a 2m04.7602-second lap in his Tickford Racing Ford Mustang and set the Supercars lap record at the track of 2m06.3483-seconds at the 2021 season-opening Repco Mount Panorama 500 in a Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore.
However, the fastest driver around Mount Panorama in a Supercar remains Cameron Waters, who took pole position for the 2020 Bathurst 1000 in his Ford Mustang in a time of 2m03.5592-seconds.
The race is televised live by both FOX Sports and Channel 7 as well as by Kayo Sports in Australia. Check your local guides for exact times and dates for Australian fans, however there is always a plethora of hours dedicated to televising all of the amazing action from the event.
The circuit is 6.213-kilometres in length. It was first built as a public road in the 1930s in the wake of the Great Depression through a national employment relief scheme and, while presented as a scenic road, was undoubtedly created with motorsport in mind. The first race was held there in April 1938 and the first race that led to today’s Repco Bathurst 1000 – the Armstrong 500 – was held for the first time at the track in October 1963.
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