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Bathurst 2021: The massive six-day Bathurst 1000 festival is locked and loaded

The most anticipated Bathurst 1000 in years will be the pinnacle in a ground-breaking first six-day feast of motorsport on the mountain. With the penultimate event deciding the Championship winners in virtually every top category in Australia, the competition from November 30 – December 5 is guaranteed to be intense, action-packed, entertaining and unpredictable.

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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 the latest lowdown on everything you need to know about the Bathurst 1000 Festival culminating in the Great Race on Sunday December 5, 2021.

RACE combining Supercars with ARG delivers 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. With a Covid-disrupted Championship, a wash-out of the last round at Sydney Motorsport Park and a forecast for more rain to come, it’s been a testing time for event organisers and teams alike.

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An updated track schedule has been confirmed for the upcoming Repco Bathurst 1000. Supercars Australia has now confirmed the new six-day running sheet via its official website.

Minimal changes have been made to the Supercars Championship element of the event, with the drawcard Top 10 Shootout still starting at 17:05 (local time/AEDT) on the Saturday, and the latest ever race start retained for 12:15 the following day.

In case you’ve missed it, the Mount Panorama line-up 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

If you’ve been following the Supercars bidding war, the announcement on October 28 confirmed that RACE (Racing Australia Consolidated Enterprises Ltd) would be the new owners of Supercars, there has been widespread optimism about how this first ‘combined’ event and what’s to come in 2022 could bring exciting developments in Australian motorsport key categories. With ARG playing a leading role in the consortium, there’s the belief that we could see both a rejuvenated Supercars future and ongoing support for the broad range of other forms of racing.

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Bathurst 2021 Schedule

Updated schedule: Repco Bathurst 1000 (Local time/AEDT)

Start Finish Category Session
Tuesday, November 30
8:40 9:00 V8 SuperUtes Practice
9:10 9:40 Touring Car Masters Practice
9:50 10:30 Australian GT Practice 1
10:40 11:10 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Practice 1
11:20 12:10 Trans Am Practice 1
12:30 13:00 S5000 Practice 1
13:10 13:30 V8 SuperUtes Qualifying
13:40 14:00 Touring Car Masters Qualifying
14:15 14:55 Australian GT Practice 2
15:10 15:40 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Practice 2
15:50 16:10 Trans Am Qualifying
16:20 16:50 S5000 Practice 2
Wednesday, December 1
8:25 8:45 TGRA86 Practice 1
8:55 9:20 Touring Car Masters Trophy Race
9:30 9:50 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Qualifying 1
9:55 10:05 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Qualifying 2
10:15 10:55 Super2/Super3 Series Practice 1
11:10 11:30 Australian GT Qualifying 1
11:35 11:55 Australian GT Qualifying 2
12:15 12:35 S5000 Qualifying
12:45 13:05 TGRA86 Practice 2
13:15 13:55 Trans Am Race 1
14:05 14:25 V8 SuperUtes Race 1
14:35 15:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Practice
15:30 16:10 Super2/Super3 Series Practice 2
16:25 17:15 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Race 1
17:25 17:50 Touring Car Masters Race 1
Thursday, December 2
8:25 8:45 V8 SuperUtes Race 2
8:55 9:20 Touring Car Masters Race 2
9:30 9:50 Super2/Super3 Series Qualifying Race 1
10:00 11:00 Supercars Practice 1
11:20 11:40 Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying
11:50 12:50 Australian GT Race 1
13:00 13:25 Trans Am Race 2
13:35 14:00 S5000 Race 1
14:10 14:30 V8 SuperUtes Race 3
14:40 15:00 TGRA86 Qualifying
15:10 15:30 Super2/Super3 Series Qualifying Race 2
15:45 16:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 1
16:25 17:25 Supercars Practice 2 (Additional Drivers)
Friday, December 3
8:20 8:45 Touring Car Masters Race 3
8:55 9:55 Australian GT Race 2
10:05 10:30 S5000 Race 2
10:40 11:40 Supercars Practice 3 (Additional Drivers)
12:00 12:20 TGRA86 Race 1
12:30 13:20 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Race 2
13:30 14:30 Supercars Practice 4
14:45 15:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2
15:30 16:15 Super2/Super3 Series Race 1
16:35 17:15 Supercars Qualifying
Saturday, December 4
9:05 9:30 Trans Am Race 3
9:40 10:00 V8 SuperUtes Race 4
10:15 11:15 Supercars Practice 5 (Additional Drivers)
11:35 12:00 S5000 Race 3
12:15 13:15 Supercars Practice 6
13:30 13:50 TGRA86 Race 2
14:00 14:50 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Race 3
15:00 15:40 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 3
15:55 16:40 Super2/Super3 Series Race 2
17:05 Supercars Top Ten Shootout
Sunday, December 5
8:35 8:55 TGRA86 Race 3
9:10 9:30 Supercars Warm Up
10:15 10:40 S5000 Race 4
10:50 11:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 3
12:15 Supercars Race 31 (161 laps)

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 campsites 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 the confirmed lead and co-driver list for the Bathurst 1000, 2021:

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2021 Bathurst 1000 Team, Drivers and Cars

Team Primary Driver Co-driver Car
Dick Johnson Racing Anton De Pasquale Tony D’Alberto Ford Mustang GT
Dick Johnson Racing Will Davison Alex Davison Ford Mustang GT
Triple Eight Race Engineering Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes Holden ZB Commodore
Triple Eight Race Engineering Shane van Gisbergen Garth Tander Holden ZB Commodore
Triple Eight Race Engineering Broc Feeney Russell Ingall Holden ZB Commodore
Tickford Racing Jack Le Brocq Zak Best Ford Mustang GT
Tickford Racing Cam Waters James Moffat Ford Mustang GT
Tickford Racing James Courtney Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT
Blanchard Racing Team Tim Slade Tim Blanchard Ford Mustang GT
Erebus Motorsport Will Brown Jack Perkins Holden ZB Commodore
Erebus Motorsport Brodie Kostecki David Russell Holden ZB Commodore
Team 18 Mark Winterbottom Michael Caruso Holden ZB Commodore
Team 18 Scott Pye James Golding Holden ZB Commodore
Walkinshaw Andretti United Bryce Fullwood Warren Luff Holden ZB Commodore
Walkinshaw Andretti United Chaz Mostert Lee Holdsworth Holden ZB Commodore
Brad Jones Racing Jack Smith David Wall Holden ZB Commodore
Brad Jones Racing Nick Percat Dale Wood Holden ZB Commodore
Brad Jones Racing Todd Hazelwood Dean Fiore Holden ZB Commodore
Brad Jones Racing Macauley Jones Chris Pither Holden ZB Commodore
Kelly Grove Racing Andre Heimgartner Matt Campbell Ford Mustang GT
Kelly Grove Racing David Reynolds Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT
Team Sydney Fabian Coulthard Jonathon Webb Holden ZB Commodore
Team Sydney Garry Jacobson Dylan O’Keeffe Holden ZB Commodore
Matt Stone Racing Jake Kostecki Kurt Kostecki Holden ZB Commodore
Matt Stone Racing Zane Goddard Jayden Ojeda Holden ZB Commodore
walkinshaw racing car

How to watch the Bathurst 1000 – TV schedule 2021

Traditionally, at least during the Fox Sports era, the FTA broadcaster has carried coverage of Friday-Sunday of the Bathurst weekend, while Thursday has been exclusively on Fox.

However, with this year’s event expanded to six days to accommodate a number of Australian Racing Group categories, the Seven Network is set to begin its coverage on the Thursday rather than the Friday.

The Great Race itself is also set to start later than ever, with an early afternoon start time likely to help create a prime-time finish.

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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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