Supercars 2021: Everything you need to know ahead of the Bathurst 1000

Rebecca WilliamsNews Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
The 2020 Bathurst 1000 winners Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander.
Camera IconThe 2020 Bathurst 1000 winners Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander. Credit: News Corp Australia

Start. Your. Engines.

The biggest race of the Supercars calendar is upon us and this year it is again doubling as a blockbuster season-finale.

The championship has already been decided after Triple Eight star Shane van Gisbergen sealed his second Supercars title in an anticlimactic finish to the final race of the Sydney Motorsport Park quadruple-header in the rain last week.

But, for many, a Bathurst crown remains an equal – if not greater prize – and it’s all on the line at Mount Panorama this week.

With the 2021 championship in the bank, van Gisbergen will be chasing back-to-back Bathurst 1000 crowns with co-driver Garth Tander, who became a four-time winner after the pair’s win last year.

This year’s race will start at 12.15pm – the latest start time in the event’s history.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Great Race.

WHEN

BATHURST 1000, 2021

Mount Panorama

November 30 – December 5

THE BATHURST 1000 SUPERCARS SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

Practice 1 – 10am-11am

Practice 2 (Co-drivers) – 4.25pm-5.25pm

FRIDAY

Practice 3 (Co-drivers) – 10.40am-11.40am

Practice 4 – 1.30pm-2.30pm

Qualifying – 4.35pm- 5.15pm

SATURDAY

Practice 5 (Co-drivers) – 10.15am-11.15am

Practice 6 – 12.15pm-1.15pm

Top-10 Shootout – 5.05pm

SUNDAY

Warm up – 9.10am-9.30am

Race 31 – Bathurst 1000 – 12.15pm

THE RACE

Laps: 161

The track: 6.213km

Average speed: 178km/h

Top speed: 300km/h

Bathurst 1000
Camera IconShane van Gisbergen in his Redbull Holden Commodore during last year’s Great Race. Tim Hunter. Credit: News Corp Australia

THE 2021 BATHURST 1000 GRID

– Will Davison/ Alex Davison (Dick Johnson Racing)

– Anton De Pasquale/ Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing)

– Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander (Triple Eight/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Broc Feeney/Russell Ingall (Triple Eight wildcard/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Cameron Waters/James Moffat (Tickford Racing/Ford Mustang GT)

– James Courtney/Thomas Randle (Tickford Racing/Ford Mustang GT)

– Jack Le Brocq/Zak Best (Tickford Racing/Ford Mustang GT)

– Bryce Fullwood/Warren Luff (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Will Brown/Jack Perkins (Erebus Motorsport/Holden Commodore ZB

– Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus Motorsport/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Scott Pye/James Golding (Team 18/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso (Team 18/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard (Blanchard Racing Team/Ford Mustang GT)

– David Reynolds/Luke Youlden (Kelly Grove Racing/ Ford Mustang GT)

– Andre Heimgartner/Matt Campbell (Kelly Grove Racing/Ford Mustang GT)

– Nick Percat/Dale Wood (Brad Jones Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Todd Hazelwood/Dean Fiore (Brad Jones Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Jack Smith/David Wall (Brad Jones Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Macaulay Jones/Chris Pither (Brad Jones Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Fabian Coulthard/Jonathon Webb (Team Sydney/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Garry Jacobson/ Dylan O’Keeffe (Team Sydney/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki (Matt Stone Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

– Zane Goddard/Jayden Ojeda (Matt Stone Racing/Holden Commodore ZB)

LAST YEAR’S PODIUM

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander (Triple Eight Race Engineering)

2. Cameron Waters/Will Davison (Tickford Racing)

3. Chaz Mostert/Warren Luff (Walkinshaw Andretti United)

LAP RECORD

Qualifying lap record: Cameron Waters, 2020, 2min03.5592s (Tickford Racing, Ford Mustang GT)

Race lap record: Chaz Mostert, 2019, 2min04.7602s (Tickford Racing, Ford Mustang GT)

MOST BATHURST 1000 WINS

1. Peter Brock 9

2. Jim Richards, Craig Lowndes 7

3. Larry Perkins, Mark Skaife 6

4. Steven Richards 5

5. Allan Moffat, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander 4

MOST BATHURST 1000 POLES

1. Peter Brock 6

2. Mark Skaife 5

3. Allan Moffat 4

4. Ian Geoghegan, Kevin Bartlett, Dick Johnson, Glenn Seton, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Mark Winterbottom, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds 2

Originally published as Supercars 2021: Everything you need to know ahead of the Bathurst 1000

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