BATHURST 1000: Day 3 Wednesday Notebook
Is this really day 3? It seems we’ve been here a lot longer…
The good news: Supercars are on track tomorrow.
The better news: We’ve seen some cracking action already…
Win Number Eight?
Is Craig Lowndes set to claim Bathurst win number eight in car 88 for team Triple Eight?
Lowndes set the precedent for retiring drivers to claim a 1000 win in his final full-time season 2018, and certainly, Whincup is fired up of late to claim some further big results.
We caught up with Lowndes to discuss his prospects, and his recent life on the road.
Clockwise from top left: Champagne Cam, otherwise known in the trade as “Camera 84”, what Champagne Cam sees, and finally, what the race winner will see.
Declan Fraser was a very lucky boy to walk away from this mess, after the wheels literally fell off on top of The Mountain in Super2 practice.
We can report that the air jacks on the car still work, so that’s something…
Chaz the Champ
Despite the setback of comprehensively shortening the car in practice, Chaz Mostert has ticked a box and claimed his maiden TCM Australia title.
Expect him to now focus on winning the main event to add to his Bathurst tally for the past 14 months.
Earlier in the year he won all three TCR races at the Six Hour meet, finished second and third in the Mount Panorama 500, had a pair of third place results in the GT World Challenge Australia at the Six Hour, and finished third in last year’s 1000.
Full Rally Spec
The scars on the side of Mount Panorama suggest that Harry Bates and his Toyota GR Yaris AP4 had some fun recently “creating content”…
Repco: Bringing the Bathurst
There’s no doubt that Repco has gone all out to take ownership of this year’s Championship, plus the Bathurst 1000.
Multiple activations, oodles of merch, flags all the way through town, a massive pop-up shop in the old Supercheap slot in Harris Park, amongst many things.
One minor omission this time around is the store at the top of the hill that formerly focussed on camping goods.
Fashion Faux Pas
Yes, Repco and Supercars have an awful lot of red associated with their corporate CI, but did anyone consult with the officials when it was decided to make their jacket arms red, as in the same red as a red flag?
It’s kind of off-putting for mere punters who catch a glimpse of officials moving, hopefully, it doesn’t catch out any drivers over the weekend…
Michelin Star Rated Fine Dining Comes to Bathurst
We understand that the relocatable deep-fried food industry has had a very tough time through the pandemic.
And good on them for having a go at recouping their losses this weekend – with this chicken and chips combo coming in at $14 a pop.
Fortunately, it combined the very finest of products from the beige food group, and absolutely hit the spot.
If you are bringing the family on the weekend, perhaps pack some sandwiches…
Technical issue, or something more sinister?
Was the big screen on the blink at McPhillamy Park, or did the TV producer choose to conceal the identity of the presenters?
For the Lovers of Ford
This display in the paddock area, near the bridge over Pit Straight certainly has the Blue Oval fans covered.
Clearly, manufacturers are taking notice of this year’s event, with Toyota using it to launch the new Toyota GR86.
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The ‘Race that stops a nation’ is yet to happen
Won the S5000 pole with a magic time, then backed up to win the TCR race in a thriller.