THE 2020 Bathurst 1000 is likely to have one of the biggest television audiences of any ‘Great Race’ in history courtesy of the crowd restrictions in place for this year’s running.

UPDATE: FOX SPORTS’ Sunday broadcast has been brought forward to 7:45am AEDT in response to the updated start time for the race. The revised list is below.

COVID-19 measures will restrict the crowd at Mount Panorama to just 4,000 people each day, while border closures and mandatory quarantine periods that vary from state to state also mean that many people who’d traditionally watch the race trackside – the V8 Sleuth team included! – will be doing so from the couch this year.

Channel 10 and regional affiliate the WIN Network will show the Bathurst 1000 live for the final time for the immediate future this weekend with a new TV deal for 2021 seeing the free-to-air TV rights shifting to another network.

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FOX SPORTS will also show the Bathurst 1000 live and ad-free for the third year in a row, with live streaming options available through its Foxtel GO, Foxtel Now and Kayo platforms.

Here’s a rundown on the 2020 Bathurst 1000 TV broadcast schedule. All times listed in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


All programming listed below is simulcast on 10 HD

Friday 16 October
– 12:00pm to 5:00pm AEDT
– with Practice 5 and Qualifying shown live

Saturday 17 October
– 11:30am to 6:00pm AEDT
– with Practice 7 and the Top 10 Shootout shown live

Sunday 18 October
– 8:00am to 6:30pm AEDT
– Warm Up and the 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 shown live


All programming listed below is on FOX SPORTS 506 ‘The Bathurst Channel’, and the same times apply to Foxtel’s digital streaming platforms and Kayo.

Thursday 15 October
– 8:55am to 6:00pm AEDT
– Practice 1, Practice 2 and Practice 3 shown live and ad-free

Friday 16 October
– 8:35am to 5:15pm AEDT
– Practice 4, Practice 5 and Qualifying shown live and ad-free

Saturday 17 October
– 8:35am to 6:30pm AEDT
– Practice 6, Practice 7 and the Top 10 Shootout shown live and ad-free

Sunday 18 October
– 7:45am AEDT onwards
– Warm Up and the 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 shown live and ad-free

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.