HISTORY REPEATS: A NOVEMBER BATHURST 1000

The start of the 2000 FAI 1000 at Bathurst on November 19, 2000. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

TODAY’S confirmation that the Repco Bathurst 1000 will move to November 4-7 this year due to the COVID-19 situation in New South Wales will mark the first time since 2000 that the 1000-kilometre Supercar classic will be held in November.

Supercars has confirmed that Winton will be the next round of the 2021 championship at the start of October followed by a round at a to-be-finalised venue (likely to be Phillip Island) later in the month, leaving Bathurst to move to early November on the revised calendar.

A 1000-kilometre Bathurst race in November isn’t a new thing.

After racing in the IMG-promoted Primus 1000 Classic at Bathurst on October 19 in 1997, Supercars next returned to Mount Panorama in November 1998 for the FAI 1000 Classic.

The date change was prompted by the fact IMG was also the promoter of the Gold Coast IndyCar race that had been moved from an early season date to late October for 1998.

The cover of the new V8 Sleuth-produced book focused on the Bathurst 1000 in the 1990s.

Moving the V8 Supercar Bathurst race also opened up further space between the V8 Supercars race and the AMP Bathurst 1000 run for Super Tourers that was held at the start of October and broadcast by Channel 7.

For 1999 the Super Tourers continued on the ‘traditional’ date in early October, though in a wet, 500-kilometre race that was called early due to the weather. 

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The V8 Supercar Bathurst race remained in November in both ’99 and 2000, despite the Super Touring/Channel 7 event being discontinued after 1999.

In 2000 Sandown hosted a single driver sprint round in early October and the Bathurst race was held on November 19.

In 2001 the race moved back to October and has remained in that month ever since.

The Bathurst 24 Hour races in 2002 and 2003 were held in November.

THE NOVEMBER BATHURST 1000 WINNERS

1998 – Jason Bright/Steve Richards, Pirtek/Stone Brothers Falcon EL
1999 – Steve Richards/Greg Murphy, Wynn’s/Gibson Motorsport Commodore VT
2000 – Garth Tander/Jason Bargwanna, Valvoline/Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore VT

Garth Tander and Jason Bargwanna won the last Bathurst 1000 held in November, in 2000. Photo: an1images.com / Graeme Neander.
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.