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Revealed: Bathurst’s modern-day Supercars capacity field

THE days of 50-plus Repco Supercars Championship fields at Mount Panorama are long gone, but there is still wiggle room for the current grid to grow.

Last weekend, 28 cars tackled the Great Race – three wildcards in addition to the 25 full-time entries.

Eventual winner Shane van Gisbergen noted when asked for his thoughts on the divisive lucky dog rule that the best solution was to simply have more cars in the race.

“Ideally we need a bigger grid size so we don’t need this (lucky dog) stuff. I think we need a bigger grid size,” he said.

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But how cars many are actually allowed to take part, in a perfect world, nowadays?

A little-known ruling uncovered in the Repco Bathurst 1000 supplementary regulations has the answer.

The defined track density for Supercars is 34.

V8 Sleuth understands that number is based on garaging limitations in the Mount Panorama pitlane.

That figure does not apply to all categories, though.

For the annual Bathurst 6 Hour, the capacity grid is set at 70.

Even in the wider Repco Bathurst 1000 event this year, a 40-car field was entered for the Heritage Revival category.

Supercars of course is unlikely to get anywhere near 34 cars at Bathurst anytime soon, with no more than 26 Teams Racing Charters available.

Furthermore, per this year’s version of Supercars’ operations manual, the maximum number of wildcard entries accepted at Bathurst is currently capped at six.

For the record, the most starters in a Bathurst 500/1000 Great Race is 63 – in each of 1969, 1978 and 1984.

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