Sport Is it going to rain at the Bathurst 1000? Holden Racing Team set for final Supercars outing at Mount Panorama

08:40  17 october  2020
08:40  17 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The 2020 Bathurst 1000 will be a race like none other.

The iconic 3.2km Mount Panorama track has seen plenty of drama over the years, not least in last year's thrilling edition.

However, while the on-track action will doubtless still excite, in this most unusual of sporting years, the ubiquitous, raucous throng of petrol-heads will be absent, save for 4,000 lucky ticket-holders.

But with 25 cars set to go bumper-to-bumper racing for over six hours at an average speed of 160kph, there's still plenty to be excited about.

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For many Supercars fans, this Bathurst will mark the end of an era.

This edition of the great race marks the final race in which the Holden Racing Team will offer factory backing for its cars in the Supercar Championship, ending more than 50 years of Ford vs Holden battles in Australian touring car racing.

Holden will still be represented next year, after the pandemic forced a 12-month delay in the introduction of the new Gen3 era — which will now make its bow in the 2022 season — but without factory support.

The factory Holden cars driven by Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes will both sport the slogan #ThanksHoldenFans on their Red Bull cars this weekend, with the drivers telling the Supercars website that it was going to be an emotional weekend.

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"We want to go out on a high and thank everyone in the best possible way and that's standing on the top step of the podium on Sunday," Whincup said.

"If it can't be us, hopefully it's a Holden car. We'll be going as hard as we can and hopefully the fairytale can come true."

Triple Eight Racing will continue to use the current Commodores next year, but on Thursday confirmed they will drive the mean-looking Gen3 Chevrolet Camaros in 2022.

One last hurrah for Scott McLaughlin?

After breaking his Bathurst duck last year in the most dramatic of circumstances (more on that later), McLaughlin will be looking to spoil Holden's farewell by securing a second consecutive victory in the great race.

McLaughlin has been the most dominant driver in Supercars over the past three years, highlighted by his third-straight Supercars championship victory, which he secured last week at Tailem Bend.

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The New Zealander is the fourth driver to claim three straight Supercars titles and did so with a dominant performance over the course of a year in which he won 13 races, as many as the rest of the field combined.

He also secured a spectacular 15 pole positions, underlining that his sheer pace in a Supercar is unmatched.

Off that back of this near-domination, a virtual IndyCar win and a pandemic-enforced missed chance, the 27-year-old will be swapping his Supercar for an IndyCar next week, as team owner Roger Penske gives the flying Kiwi a shot in his IndyCar team at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

"He's a special driver," Penske said of McLaughlin in an interview with Autosport.

"I have never seen anyone deliver like Scott. But now he would love to get in a [IndyCar] series over here [in the US]."

McLaughlin will add to the distinctly Australasian flavour in IndyCar on the grid in Florida.

Aussie Will Power has won two of the last four races while New Zealander Scott Dixon is leading the IndyCar championship having won four races.

What happened in last year's Bathurst?

Where do we begin?

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Last year's race was one of the most exciting, tense and controversial races in Supercars history.

McLaughlin and Alex Premat claimed a breath-taking victory by just 0.68 seconds from a charging Shane van Gisbergen in a thrilling final-lap shootout.

Co-driver Premat described the race as "stressful" a "gamble" and "crazy" in the immediate aftermath — but I'm not even sure that does it justice, to be honest.

There were eight safety car periods in the final 61 laps, one of which lead to the field being all together for that final-lap shootout, but it was an earlier incident that caused such a ruckus that it has resurfaced in the build-up to this year's event.

Essentially, with McLaughlin leading the race behind a safety car — with overtaking not allowed — teammate Fabian Coulthard, in third, deliberately slowed the field, apparently under instruction from the pit wall, so McLaughlin could complete a pit stop and emerge at the front of the field.

CAMS (the Confederation of Australian Motorsport) took a dim view of this, fining Team Penske $250,000 and demoting Coulthard, however McLaughlin was not penalised.

That lead to some serious grumbling in the paddock, including from Erebus Motorsport team owner Barry Ryan, who this week told News, "100 per cent [McLaughlin] should have [had the win] stripped".

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"It still sits pretty bad with a lot of people."

For his part, McLaughlin moved on pretty quickly, telling Fox Sports podcast The Loud Pedal last year that the speculation has ruined "the greatest week of his life".

"We deserved to win that race. I believe we won it fair and square, it just sucks we have to deal with all this stuff and what probably should be the greatest week of my life."

What is the Bathurst weather forecast?

If you're keen on some weather-induced carnage to spice up your motorsport viewing, the weather gods might just smile down on you this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology says there's a 90 per cent chance of rain, with the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening on race day.

That could make things pretty interesting as drivers are forced to adapt to changing track conditions and could bring pit strategy to the fore.

What time is the race on Sunday?

The 161-lap, 1,000km race will start at 11:30am AEDT.

The race duration will vary from anything between six and seven hours, but that will depend on the number of incidents and stoppages over the course of the afternoon.

The shortest race time in the last 10 years came in 2018, when the drivers flew round in 6 hours 1 minute, 44.8637 seconds.

The longest the race has ever run (in the modern era) was in 2014 when a track break-up lead to a lengthy delay and a race that lasted almost eight hours.

Who is favourite to win?

McLaughlin is a hot favourite to go back-to-back based on his overall dominance this year, but anything can happen on the mountain.

Whincup has been McLaughlin's closest challenger this season in the Red Bull Holden, and has a more than capable co-driver to help back him up in Lowndes, who has stood on the Bathurst 1000 podium a record 14 times in his exceptional career.

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Their Red Bull teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander will feel that they can go one better this year, especially as some feel they have plenty to be aggrieved about after last year's shenanigans.

Cameron Waters and Will Davidson are also looking good in the Monster Energy Ford, with Waters claiming a first win of a very consistent season at Tailem Bend, the last race before the teams came to Bathurst.

How do I watch Bathurst 2020?

You'll be able to follow all the action from Bathurst in our live blog on Sunday, which will go live about an hour before the race is due to start, at 10:30am AEDT.

TV coverage will be provided by Fox Sports and Channel 10.

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