Latest start in Great Race history for 2016 event …
THIS year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 start time has been pushed even closer to midday and will be the latest in the race’s long and storied history.
After moving to 11.00am local time last year, this year’s endurance classic won’t get underway until 11.15am on October 9 to allow extra time for pre-race commemorations of Peter Brock, who passed away 10 years ago this Thursday (September 8).
A special ‘King of the Mountain’ parade of Brock cars will roll onto Mount Panorama with Peter Brock Trophy winners behind the wheel at 10.05am.
The race adopted a 10.00am local time kick-off in 1979 after the 1978 race – due to start at 9.30am as per the-then start time – was delayed to 10.00am due to fog surrounding the circuit.
The start time of the race was moved to 10.30am in 2007 – the first year of Channel 7 covering the race in the modern era – and was 10.30am up until last year.
This year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Sunday schedule will see the Toyota 86 Racing Series, Touring Car Masters and Porsche Carrera Cup all compete prior to the headline race of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
There is no time certain finish for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – it is the onlyVASC race without a time certain finish.