BATHURST 1000, 2021: WHEN EVERY CATEGORY WILL BE ON TRACK

A large variety of support categories feature on the six-day Repco Bathurst 1000 bill. Pic: Australian Racing Group

THE 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 features the biggest schedule in ‘Great Race’ history with 10 support categories joining Supercars on a six-day joint bill.

The Super2 and Super3 Series, Porsche Carrera Cup, TGRA 86 Racing Series and V8 SuperUtes will be joined by a host of Australian Racing Group categories, led by the TCR Australia Series, S5000, Touring Car Masters, Trans Am and Australian GT.

We’ve listed the full daily track schedule already here at V8 Sleuth, but with categories running across different days and at different times, we thought we’d also bring you a list of practice, qualifying and race schedules broken down by category.

UPDATE 29/11: A slight tweak to Thursday’s schedule has seen Australian GT Race 1 and Trans Am Race 2 swap spots. The tables below reflect that change.

All times AEDT.

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REPCO SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

The ‘main game’ heads out for its first session on Thursday as traditional, but teams will only have two practice sessions instead of their usual three; the first is open to either driver, the second for the co-driver only.

Race day will feature the usual morning warm-up session ahead of the latest start time in Bathurst 1000 history.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Thursday10:00Practice 160min
Thursday16:25Practice 260min
Friday10:40Practice 360min
Friday13:30Practice 460min
Friday16:35Qualifying40min
Saturday10:15Practice 560min
Saturday12:15Practice 660min
Saturday17:05Top 10 Shootout10 x 1 lap
Sunday9:10Warm Up20min
Sunday12:15Repco Bathurst 1000161 laps

SUPER2/SUPER3 SERIES

Supercars’ second and third-tier series will once again run combined for their final rounds of the 2021 season, with practice and qualifying spread over Wednesday and Thursday before the races on Friday and Saturday.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Wednesday10:15Practice 140min
Wednesday15:30Practice 240min
Thursday9:30Qualifying (Race 1)20min
Thursday15:10Qualifying (Race 2)20min
Friday15:30Race 116 laps (or 1 lap after 16:12)
Saturday15:55Race 216 laps (or 1 lap after 16:37)

TCR AUSTRALIA SERIES

The final round of the COVID-impacted 2021 series had a minor schedule change in the lead up: the opening race was moved from Thursday to Wednesday, which allows for points leader Chaz Mostert to take part before switching focus to his Supercars duties.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday10:40Practice 130min
Tuesday15:10Practice 230min
Wednesday9:30Qualifying 120min
Wednesday9:55Qualifying 210min
Wednesday16:25Race 121 laps (or 1 lap after 17:12)
Friday12:30Race 221 laps (or 1 lap after 13:17)
Saturday14:00Race 321 laps (or 1 lap after 14:47)

PORSCHE CARRERA CUP

The Porsches are actually squeezing in two championship rounds at Mount Panorama; Races 1 and 2 will comprise Round 4, while Races 3 and 4 will comprise Round 5.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Wednesday14:35Practice40min
Thursday11:20Qualifying20min
Thursday15:45Race 111 laps (or 1 lap after 16:12)
Friday14:45Race 211 laps (or 1 lap after 15:12)
Saturday15:00Race 315 laps (or 1 lap after 15:37)
Sunday10:50Race 49 laps (or 1 lap after 11:12)

S5000 TASMAN SERIES

The second and final round of the reborn Tasman Series will mark S5000’s long-awaited debut at Mount Panorama. They will be on track on every single day of the event, including as one of the curtain-raisers to the Bathurst 1000.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday12:30Practice 130min
Tuesday16:30Practice 230min
Wednesday12:15Qualifying20min
Thursday13:35Race 11 lap after 13:57
Friday10:05Race 21 lap after 10:27
Saturday11:35Race 31 lap after 11:57
Sunday10:15Race 41 lap after 10:37

TOURING CAR MASTERS

The popular muscle cars are one of the first categories to hit the track on Tuesday, with racing beginning Wednesday and finishing up on Friday morning. Five-time TCM champion John Bowe leading the points heading into the final round, with 10 drivers still in with a mathematical chance of winning the 2021 title.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday9:10Practice30min
Tuesday13:40Qualifying20min
Wednesday8:55Trophy Race9 laps (or 1 lap after 9:17)
Wednesday17:25Race 19 laps (or 1 lap after 17:47)
Thursday8:55Race 29 laps (or 1 lap after 9:17)
Friday8:20Race 39 laps (or 1 lap after 8:42)

AUSTRALIAN GT

The GT World Challenge Australia series wraps up its maiden series under that branding at Mount Panorama with a pair of one-hour timed races on Thursday and Friday.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday9:50Practice 140min
Tuesday14:15Practice 240min
Wednesday11:10Qualifying 120min
Wednesday11:35Qualifying 220min
Thursday12:25Race 11 lap after 13:22
Friday8:55Race 21 lap after 9:52

TGRA 86 RACING SERIES

The Toyota 86s have their on-track activities spread out across five days, with opening practice on Wednesday ahead of Qualifying and Race 1 on Thursday, plus a race on each of the remaining days of the event.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Wednesday8:25Practice 120min
Wednesday12:45Practice 220min
Thursday14:40Qualifying20min
Friday12:00Race 16 laps (or 1 lap after 12:17)
Saturday13:30Race 26 laps (or 1 lap after 12:17)
Sunday8:35Race 36 laps (or 1 lap after 12:17)

TRANS AM

The Trans Am Series wraps up its COVID-shortened season with Nathan Herne on the verge of sealing the 2021 title. The category also has one of the longer support races on the schedule: the marquee Trans Am Bathurst 100, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday11:20Practice50min
Tuesday15:50Qualifying20min
Wednesday13:15Race 116 laps (or 1 lap after 13:52)
Thursday11:50Race 29 laps (or 1 lap after 12:12)
Saturday9:05Race 39 laps (or 1 lap after 9:27)

V8 SUPERUTES

The V8 SuperUtes have the honour of being the first category on track for the event with their opening practice session getting underway on Tuesday morning. Their inaugural season will wrap up with four races spread across Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

DayTimeSessionDuration
Tuesday8:40Practice20min
Tuesday13:10Qualifying20min
Wednesday14:05Race 16 laps (or 1 lap after 14:22)
Thursday8:25Race 26 laps (or 1 lap after 8:42)
Thursday14:10Race 36 laps (or 1 lap after 14:27)
Saturday9:40Race 46 laps (or 1 lap after 9:57)

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Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.