BATHURST PODIUM TRADITION PAUSED FOR 2020

The 2020 Bathurst 1000 podium celebration post-race will look a little different than it did in 2018 ... Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

THE yearly tradition of race fans invading the track and celebrating the end of the annual Bathurst 1000 under the podium will not be permitted in 2020.

There will be no fans permitted under the podium or on the track post-race this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It has been a time-honoured tradition for years that fans have been permitted to jump the fence and join in the post-race celebrations on the track once safe to do so, however this year will be a very different scenario.

Only the teams of the podium-finishing cars will be permitted underneath the podium at the completion of this year’s race.

Given Bathurst will be the last race of the season for the first time in 20 years, there’s a possibility that two winning cars may sit under the podium at the completion of the race.

In an historic first, V8 Sleuth understands both the race-winning car and that of 2020 champion Scott McLaughlin will be placed under the podium for the post-race and post-championship celebrations.

Of course, should McLaughlin and Tim Slade win the race, the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang will be the only car underneath the podium!

The two previous occasions that Bathurst hosted the last round of the championship – 1999 and 2000 – the champion’s car nor Bathurst winner’s car were placed under the podium.

The Mount Panorama circuit will look very different this year with zoned and numbered, allocated seating for fans on Pit Straight, as reported here by V8 Sleuth.

LISTEN HERE: The V8 Sleuth’s 2020 Bathurst 1000 Preview Podcast

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.