SHOULD wet weather impact this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 as forecast, these are the drivers to watch.
Seven Repco Supercars Championship races across the past two years have been hit by rain.
One of them, the final race of the fourth Sydney Motorsport Park round in 2021, was declared a no-race due to the conditions, leaving six races on which to judge the recent wet weather form of the current ‘main game’ field.
Calculating the average finish across those races leaves a clear leader – and it’s not the driver you might expect.
Shane van Gisbergen is renowned as the pick of the Supercars field when it comes to inclement weather, but his form across the six most wet recent races was up and down.
The reigning series champion claimed victory in three of the races, including in Supercars’ most recent wet race at The Bend earlier this year and a pair of wins amid his Sandown sweep last year.
However, his other results – a strong recovery to sixth at SMP earlier this year, a seventh at The Bend last year, and his disastrous run to 23rd under the lights at SMP last year – leave him with the fifth best average finish (6.5).
Instead, it’s Cam Waters who has the best average finish with 4.3, even though he didn’t stand on the top step of the podium at any of those six races.
The Tickford Racing pilot’s best results were a pair of second placings in Race 2 at Sandown in 2021 and behind van Gisbergen at The Bend in July.
Others at the pointy end of the list include Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale (2nd, 5.4) and Will Davison (6th, 6.8), Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki (3rd, 5.8) and Will Brown (9th, 9.0), plus Andre Heimgartner, and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain across Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Repco Bathurst 1000.
FORM GUIDE: Average finish across last 6 wet Supercars races
|2||Anton De Pasquale||DJR||Ford||5.4|
|5||Shane van Gisbergen||Triple Eight||Holden||6.5|
|8||Broc Feeney||Triple Eight||Holden||8.0|
|17||Mark Winterbottom||Team 18||Holden||14.7|
|18||Jack Le Brocq||MSR||Holden||14.8|
|19||Scott Pye||Team 18||Holden||14.8|