Mildura Weekly : Friday October 10 2014 Vol 8 No 49
MOTORING 45 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 MILDURA WEEKLY.COM.AU Jack Perkins and Cameron Waters (ABOVE) will pair up to compete in this weekend’s Bathurst 1000. Photo: WADE AUNGER. WITH the biggest motorsport event in the nation now roughly 48 hours away it seems timely to dig out some interesting facts and figures about ‘the great race’, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The earliest iterations of the Bathurst 1000 as we know it today weren’t actually held around the famous Mount Panorama circuit, or even in the same State. It was originally known as the Armstrong 500 and was based at Victoria’s Phillip Island. The first event was held in November 1960 and was fought out over 800 kilometres (500 miles). Three years later, the race was moved to its current home, the 6.2 -kilometre Bathurst circuit after concerns about the state of the Phillip Island track surface. It’s remained at Bathurst ever since and played host to some of the biggest and most memorable motorsport races in the country. Throughout all those years, Holden has remained the dominant force at Mount Panorama, taking 29 victories. 19 Fords meanwhile have won ‘the great race’, two Nissans, and Vauxhall, Mercedes Benz, Morris, Jaguar, BMW and Volvo have each won one. In terms of drivers, Peter Brock has won the most Bathurst 1000s with nine victories ahead of Jim Richards (7), Larry Perkins and Mark Skaife (6) and Craig Lowndes (5). Bob Jane, Allan Moffat, Greg Murphy and Jamie Whincup have all won four races, Dick Johnson, Garth Tander and Steven Richards have won three, while John Goss, Allan Grice, John Bowe, Russell Ingall, Tony Longhurst and Rick Kelly have two victories to their names. The average lap speed around the 6.2 -kilometre course is 178km/h, while drivers hit top speed on the famous Conrod Straight, topping out just under 300km/h. Despite the length of the race - more than six hours’ racing - victory has been decided in just seconds, rather than minutes, in recent years. The last four Barthurst 1000s have been decided by a total combined margin of just 1.25 seconds. Mildura has a strong history in Bathurst 1000, boasting former winners in Todd and Rick Kelly, as well as the youngest driver ever to race the event, Cameron Waters, who made his debut at just 17. Cameron will partner Jack Perkins in this year’s event in a Jeld Wen FPR Falcon. ‘THE GREAT RACE’ HAS ARRIVED RACING | TIPS | FEATURES | REVIEWS RACING | TIPS | FEATURES | REVIEWS FULL THROTTLE FULL THROTTLE FULL THROTTLE CURRAN’S USED CARS Cnr 15th St & Deakin Ave, Mildura P: (03) 5023 5223 • Dave Curran 0418 544 962 Shannon Erskine 0409 551 174 LMCT 9714 0438 351 842 | 421 San Mateo Ave, Mildura • Cut ‘n’ Polish • Baking Oven • • Insurance Work • Smash Repairs • Free Quotes, Pick-ups and Deliveries OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE 489 Benetook Ave, Mildura P 5021 2103 F 5021 2733 E firstname.lastname@example.org FEDERAL Robinvale 03 5026 4222 LMCT 7329 ford.com.au/challenge Pioneer Ford TAKE THE TEST DRIVE CHALLENGE CHAAALLENGE $200 SAYS YOU’LL PREFER A FORD> (03) 5022 2955 436/438 San Mateo Ave For All Your Motorsport & Performance Supplies Brad Penn High Performance Racing Oil Speedflow • Highline Racewear Motorsport Safety Equipment DEI Exhaust Wrap & Heat Shields Nitrous Express • Nitrous Refill Station 5022 0299 32 Eighth Street MILDURA SPRINT DEGREASER OCTOBER CATALOGUE OUT SOON! SPECIAL 99c NOW BRING IN YOUR UNFINISHED PROJECT! WE CAN RESTORE IT!
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