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Bathurst 2021: Your guide to this year’s incredible six-day Bathurst 1000 festival

It’s been a tough couple of years for Australian motorsport, but any frustration felt by V8 fans will be a distant memory as we edge closer to one of the most exciting and historic events in Bathurst 1000 history.

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Since Supercars CEO Sean Seamer announced that they’ll be joining forces with ARG to bring six days of non-stop racing together from Australia’s leading motorport categories, we’ve been obsessing over just how incredible 2021’s ultimate season finale is going to be.

Whether you’re lucky enough to get trackside or you’ll be tuning in from home, here’s everything you need to know about the Bathurst 1000 in 2021 and what to look forward to from the world’s leading Aussie motorsport festival.

Supercars will combine with ARG for a full suite of categories

After the disappointment of Bathurst being rescheduled for a second time, and ongoing uncertainty around the COVID pandemic, Supercars announced a joint venture with the Australian Racing Group (ARG) and Bathurst Council that would see a world-class six-day event featuring 10 action-packed categories.

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In case you’ve missed it, the Mount Panorama lineup is filled with fan favourites:

  • Repco Supercars Championship
  • TCR Australia
  • Touring Car Masters
  • V8 SuperUtes
  • Dunlop Super2 series
  • Toyota Gazoo Racing 86 series
  • S5000
  • GT World Challenge Australia
  • Trans Am
  • Porsche Carrera Cup

The six-day event at The Mountain will culminate in the iconic 161-lap 2021 Repco Supercars Championship for the ultimate send off for the year. If you’ve been following the Supercars bidding war, we’d say this is a pretty big indicator that ARG will not only take over Archer Capital’s stake in Supercars but that there’s legitimacy in the rumours that they’ll also take on the 35% that’s owned by the individual Supercars teams.

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Bathurst 2021 dates

Wondering when is Bathurst 2021? Clear your calendars as December kicks off. The Bathurst 1000 will now take place from November 30-December 5 to fit in both the Supercars and ARG categories on the same bill. That’s six days of non-stop action on and off the track, with the Bathurst Council promising to do everything they can to support the event and make it something special. As an interesting side note, the new dates mean that the 2021 Supercars season will begin and end with Bathurst visits, with the season having opened with the Mount Panorama 500 in February. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date on the full event schedule.

Bathurst 2021 camping

As anyone who’s made the pilgrimage to Mt Panorama knows, there’s nothing that quite like the atmosphere of camping on The Mountain. We’re happy to see that camping is back on the bill in 2021, with ARG Chairman John McMellan summing up our sentiments perfectly:

“This event will be a great opportunity to grab the family, go camping in the fresh rural air of Bathurst whilst being entertained by a truly dynamic range of motorsport.”

Supercars have confirmed that all campsites including The Paddock, McPhillamy Park, Reid and Sulman, Max Cameron, The Chase, The Orchard, Enduro and The Motorhome will be in operation for this year’s event.

bathurst 2021 camping

If you’ve already purchased campsite/s for the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 they will automatically be transferred to the new dates. If you’re yet to purchase, Supercars are running a “camper’s special” that’s available now, where you can grab yourself a six-day ticket for the price of four days. Jump online to claim yours here.

Bathurst 2021 drivers

The Bathurst 1000 will be the only endurance race on the Supercars calendar for 2021, with fans eagerly awaiting the list of co-drivers for the year. This year is set to be especially interesting to watch play out as major changes in the Supercar team’s main driver line-ups has made the search for a co-driver even more competitive. Here’s what the confirmed co-driver list for the Bathurst 1000, 2021 is looking like right now:

Dick Johnson Racing


  • Alex Davison
  • Tony D’Alberto

Car: Ford Mustang GT

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Triple Eight Racing Engineering


  • Craig Lowndes
  • Garth Tander

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

Tickford Racing


  • James Moffat
  • Thomas Randle
  • Alex Premat

Car: Ford Mustang GT

Blanchard Racing Team


  • Tim Blanchard

Car: Ford Mustang GT

Erebus Motorsport


  • Jack Perkins
  • David Russell

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

Team 18


  • Michael Caruso
  • James Golding

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

Walkingshaw Andretti United

  • Warren Luff
  • Lee Holdsworth

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

walkinshaw racing car

Brad Jones Racing

  • Dale Wood
  • Ash Walsh
  • Chris Pither
  • Dean Fiore

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

Kelly Grove Racing

  • Earl Bamber
  • Luke Youlden

Car: Ford Mustang GT


  • Jonathon Webb
  • Dylan O’Keefe

Car: Holden Commodore ZB

Wild Cards

Triple Eight – Russell Ingall (Holden Commodore ZB)

Erebus – Greg Murphy (Holden Commodore ZB)

Bathurst 1000 TV schedule 2021

The Bathurst 1000 TV schedule for 2021 is yet to be finalised, but we’ll be eagerly awaiting the latest lineup and will update our followers as the news breaks.

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How many laps is the Bathurst 1000?

There will be no changes to the Bathurst 1000 in 2021, with “The Great Race” still clocking in at 161 hair-raising laps. We’ve put together a great article filled with Bathurst 1000 facts and a history of Australia’s favourite motor race that you can read here.

What do the drivers think?

The response of driver’s to the new six-day Bathurst bonanza have been overwhelmingly positive, with some of our faves saying they’re “thrilled” with the outcome and the seamless way Supercars and ARG have worked together to provide the best possible outcome for fans and teams alike. TCR driver James Moffat spoke recently about what a “challenging time it is for everyone, not just in the motorsport industry” saying it will be a “spectacular way to finish off the year at Australia’s most prestigious event, at the country’s best circuit”.

Many driver’s from smaller categories recognise the potential for growing their class as they show off their skills to a new audience. S5000 driver Nathan Herne spoke of the enormous interest he expects to see in Trans Am as a result of the festival.

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“It’s an awesome category, the way the cars move around and they’re such basic, simple things it just relates to the general public. They want to see underdogs come through and Trans Am is definitely not short of those. It will be a big moment for the category”, he says.

You can drive a purpose built V8 race car on Bathurst’s Mt Panorama

Did you know that a very select few can experience the ultimate V8 Supercar experience for themselves? With Fastrack V8, you can drive a purpose built V8 race car on Bathurst’s Mt Panorama. Because the track is usually a public road, experiencing the power of ‘The Mountain’ is usually limited to V8 Supercar professionals.

fastrack bathurst supercars event

By purchasing a gift card for a V8 driving or hot lap experience, or booking your spot at one of our exclusive Mt Panorama drive days, you’ll join an elite club of Fastrack V8 Supercar Experience drivers. Our V8 drive and hot lap experiences put you behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of some of the most beautiful high performance V8 race cars in Australia.

We can’t wait to see you trackside at the 2021 Bathurst 1000!

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