Insight Mark WalkerMark Walker November 29, 2021

BATHURST 1000: Day 1 Monday Notebook

Welcome to the very first installment of our Bathurst Notebook - where we combine all of the random things we come across on the ground this week at Mount Panorama. As you will discover, it's not necessarily hard and fast news, there's a little mix of everything that takes our fancy. Our plan of attack is to turn one of these around daily through Saturday, and follow up Sunday's main event with the full Doric Power Rankings treatment you have come to love. And like everything we do here at The Race Torque, we are always on the lookout for

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill November 29, 2021

PODCAST: We walked Bathurst and didn’t have a heart attack

ON THE GRID is quite literally On the Grid this week, in a pre-Bathurst 1000 special episode to help set the scene for the Great Race. Craill & Walker battle the elements, a massive lack of fitness and the steepest hill in motorsport to document the most incredible 6.213km around in an audio tour of some bits you knew, and some stuff you hopefully didn't. We meet the locals - literally someone who lives at the Cutting - run into someone who's been camping on the big hill for more than 40 years and, by absolute chance, catch up with

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Photos Mark WalkerMark Walker November 28, 2021

BATHURST 1000: First Look Track Walk

What an amazing race track. All is ready for the biggest weekend of motorsport Mount Panorama has ever seen. The Race Torque this morning went on a 9.1km journey around the 6.2km ribbon of blacktop, to document some of the finer details you just don't see on TV. The residences, the walls, the elevation changes, the new signage, and so much more. For instance, Chaz Mostert's infamous skid marks from 2015. What's more, we recorded a very special episode of our On The Grid Podcast, where we break down the features of the circuit pictured in this feature, plus chat

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Feature Mark WalkerMark Walker November 27, 2021

BATHURST 1000: Gurus, Hoodoos and Trivia Tidbits

SEEKING some drivers to fill your prospective qualifiers for the top-ten shootout? Eight drivers have an average qualifying position better than tenth at Bathurst in Championship races, namely Anton de Pasquale (4.6), Shane van Gisbergen (6.6), Mark Winterbottom (8.1), Jamie Whincup (8.2), James Courtney (9.5), Chaz Mostert (9.8), and Cam Waters (9.9). On the all-time Supercars list, Scott McLaughlin tops the charts with an average starting position of 3.9. OF THE lead drivers, Mostert’s average Mount Panorama Championship race finishing position of 8.7 leads the way from van Gisbergen on 9.3 and Whincup on 9.7. Whincup led the way on

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Feature Richard CraillRichard Craill November 27, 2021

Bathurst’s other astonishing motorsport museum

AS WELL as being well-known for it's car racing heritage, the country New South Wales town of Bathurst is well-known for it's wide array of excellent museums. Of course, there's the excellent National Motor Racing Museum, located at Murray's Corner as you enter the circuit. There's the national fossil museum - where you can see a life-sized T-Rex skeleton up close - and Chifley House, where the Prime Minster Ben Chifley, who served in the late 1940s and launched the first Holden to the world, once lived. There's also the newly-launched Bathurst Railway museum, which opened just prior to the

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Insight Mark WalkerMark Walker November 26, 2021

BATHURST 1000: Be an Armchair Expert Strategist

So, you want to win the Bathurst 1000? Here we take a deep dive into the aspects to keep an eye on during this year’s Great Race. There are a lot of factors to come into play – obviously, car pace is king – slow teams don’t win Bathurst. You want to have a fast, safe co-driver, and you want them in the car at the right times, only just covering their minimum driving times. As always, expect the co-drivers to knock over as many laps as possible in the opening half of the race. However, there are many constraints

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Podcast Richard CraillRichard Craill November 25, 2021

PODCAST: The massive Bathurst 1000 preview edition

IT'S our massive Bathurst preview! To help look ahead to the Great Race, reflect on what makes it special and who we think is going to win, we dropped a line to all of our rivals in the podcasting world to get their take. Fortunately, some of them actually came back to us and agreed to take part! So this week, as well as the usual TRT team, you get to hear from the likes of broadcasting legend Greg Rust from Rusty's Garage, award winning journo Andrew van Leeuwen, Podcaster and noted kids book author Grant Rowley, actual Bathurst racing

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Photos Richard CraillRichard Craill November 25, 2021

GALLERY: Wings, slicks, rain and flame

OUR guru snapper ANDREW HALL was back at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend, capturing all the action from the final of four events at the track, including action from S5000 and TransAm. Enjoy the art below!

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Feature Jordan ZochJordan Zoch November 24, 2021

The BAC State of the Nation

Benalla Auto Club chief Chris Lewis-Williams announced he will stand down after six years in the role. So, we sent TRT reporter Jordan Zoch to get the thoughts of the outgoing head honcho of Winton, Wakefield, the AASA and more.. The Benalla Auto Club (BAC) is unique for the fact that it owns and operates two of its own racetracks, the Winton Motor Raceway in Winton, and the Wakefield Park Raceway over the border in New South Wales. Having origins as a fully volunteer run operation, the BAC has evolved over the years transforming into the organisation that it is

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Power Rankings Team TRTTeam TRT November 22, 2021


THE SUPERB Saturday and the Sodden, Sad Sunday headline the final edition of the Sydney-based Doric TRT Power Rankings. And while we get some therapy to get the phrases '12 Turns', '3.91km', 'Western Sydney' and '138 light poles with a $20m investment from the NSW Government' out of our head, we reflect on what was a fascinating way to end the Sydney Supercars Sweep. As always, there's the balance of proper thoughts and feelings about what unfolded mixed with the touch of levity that we all needed after Sunday's proceedings were so unceremoniously cut short. Read on, then head over

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