LATEST-EVER BATHURST 1000 START TIME CONFIRMED

The 2021 Supercars season opener at Bathurst. Pic: Supplied

THE start time for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 has been confirmed, with the legendary race set to start in the afternoon for the first time.

The 161-lap contest is scheduled to get underway at 12:15pm local time, a full 45 minutes later than in 2020, in a bid for it to finish in a primetime television slot.

Supercars is aiming to make the most of the extra evening daylight brought about by the December 5 date; pushed back from its regular October fixture due to COVID-19.

Unlike other Supercars races, there is no time-certain cut-off for the Bathurst 1000.

The race will conclude a packed six-day schedule for the event that combines Supercars, its regular supports and several Australian Racing Group categories.

As usual the Supercars track action will kick-off with practice on Thursday ahead of qualifying on Friday and the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday.

A total of six Supercars practice sessions of one hour each are spread from Thursday to Saturday; three of which will be for co-drivers only.

The Dunlop Super2 Series will compete in 100km races on both Friday and Saturday, while TCR Australia is set for one race per day from Thursday to Saturday.

There will be racing on every single day, with Tuesday’s schedule including V8 SuperUte and Touring Car Masters race action.

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer recently revealed that coverage on Fox Sports will run from Wednesday, while the free-to-air Seven broadcast is set to begin Thursday.

Event schedule: 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000

All times AEDT

Tuesday, November 30

TimeCategorySession
08:55-09:15V8 SuperUtesPractice
09:25-09:45Touring Car MastersPractice
10:00-10:40Australian GTPractice 1
10:55-11:25TCRPractice 1
11:35-11:55Trans AmPractice 1
12:05-12:25V8 SuperUtesQualifying
12:35-12:55Touring Car MastersQualifying
13:10-13:50Australian GTPractice 2
14:00-14:30S5000Practice 1
14:45-15:15TCRPractice 2
15:25-15:45Trans AmPractice 2
15:55-16:15V8 SuperUtesRace 1
16:25-16:50Touring Car MastersTrophy Race

Wednesday, December 1

TimeCategorySession
08:30-08:50TGRA86Practice 1
09:00-09:30S5000Practice 2
09:40-10:10Porsche Carrera CupPractice 1
10:25-11:05Dunlop SeriesPractice 1
11:20-11:45Touring Car MastersTrophy Race
11:55-12:15Australian GTQualifying 1
12:20-12:40Australian GTQualifying 2
12:50-13:10V8 SuperUtesRace 2
13:20-13:40Trans AmQualifying
13:50-14:10TGRA86Practice 2
14:20-14:40S5000Qualifying
14:50-15:20Porsche Carrera CupPractice 2
15:30-15:50TCRQualifying 1
15:55-16:05TCRQualifying 2
16:15-16:55Dunlop SeriesPractice 2
17:10-17:50Trans AmRace 1

Thursday, December 2

TimeCategorySession
08:25-08:45V8 SuperUtesRace 3
08:55-09:20Touring Car MastersRace 2
09:30-09:50Dunlop SeriesQualifying Race 1
10:00-11:00SupercarsPractice 1
11:15-12:15Australian GTRace 1
12:25-12:50Trans AmRace 2
13:00-13:25S5000Race 1
13:35-14:25TCRRace 1
14:35-14:55TGRA86Qualifying
15:05-15:25Dunlop SeriesQualifying Race 2
15:40-16:00Porsche Carrera CupQualifying
16:15-17:15SupercarsPractice 2 (Add. Drivers)

Friday, December 3

TimeCategorySession
08:20-08:45Touring Car MastersRace 3
08:55-9:55Australian GTRace 2
10:05-10:30S5000Race 2
10:45-11:45SupercarsPractice 3 (Add. Drivers)
12:00-12:20TGRA86Race 1
12:30-13:20TCRRace 2
13:35-14:35SupercarsPractice 4
14:50-15:15Porsche Carrera CupRace 1
15:30-16:15Dunlop SeriesRace 1
16:35-17:15SupercarsQualifying

Saturday, December 4

TimeCategorySession
09:05-09:30Trans AmRace 3
09:40-10:00V8 SuperUtesRace 4
10:15-11:15SupercarsPractice 5 (Add. Drivers)
11:35-12:00S5000Race 3
12:15-13:15SupercarsPractice 6
13:30-13:50TGRA86Race 2
14:00-14:50TCRRace 3
15:05-15:45Porsche Carrera CupRace 2
16:00-16:45Dunlop SeriesRace 2
17:05SupercarsTop Ten Shootout

Sunday, December 5

TimeCategorySession
08:40-09:00TGRA86Race 3
09:15-09:35SupercarsWarm Up
10:15-10:40S5000Race 4
10:50-11:15Porsche Carrera CupRace 3
12:15SupercarsRace 31 (161 laps)