Bathurst 1000 2020 live updates, stream, start time, how to watch, timings, results, Jamie Whincup crash, weather updates
Bathurst 1000, V8 Supercars LIVE —
It’s finally on. The Great Race. A 2020 Supercars season like no other is being capped off at the pinnacle of motorsport in the southern hemisphere: Mount Panorama.
161 laps of mayhem and madness kicked off at 11am AEDT — and it took just 33 laps for the first major casualty before rain arrived soon after on Lap 52.
Veteran Jamie Whincup ploughed into the wall during his first stint while trying to complete a daring overtake of Brodie Kostecki on the run to Turn 3.
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“Whincup has made a massive mistake … they’re out!” a stunned Mark Skaife in commentary.
Neil Crompton added: “Unbelievable … he will be filthy.”
The crash saw Whincup and co-driver Craig Lowndes retire with 128 laps remaining, ending their pursuit of an eighth and fifth Bathurst win respectively.
“It’s one of those places, you’ve got to have respect for it or it bites you. We’ve all made mistakes here,” Lowndes said in the garage.
“It is a shame, the car was working really well …. it is difficult because you obviously want to get around cars and as soon as you’re about half a car width wide going into that Cutting, it’s all dirty there. It’s something I’m sure he’ll be disappointed with himself.”
After 58 laps, Shane van Gisbergen leads the race ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Will Davison, while Scott McLaughlin has slipped to fifth in the wet.
The rain started falling on Lap 52 during a second safety car period, following a crash from Jordan Boys. The race was then declared wet when racing resumed the following lap.
Following the first safety car period, Chaz Mostert and Kostecki were in a heated on-track battle for fourth that saw the latter run off and re-enter in a dangerous fashion.
“That’s out of order, you can’t do that,” Skaife said. “When you re-join, you’ve got to re-join safely…
“You’ve already gone off the road, you deserve to be penalised as a consequence.”
Earlier, Supercars champion McLaughlin executed a perfect start to take the lead at Turn 1.
Will Davison — whose teammate Waters put the Monster Energy Racing car on pole — started slowly and lost the lead position to McLaughlin before Waters won it back during his stint.
All cars got away on the opening lap cleanly, although Macauley Jones was shown a mechanical black flag due to issues with his door, which wouldn’t close.
Making matters worse was the team was then handed a 15-second time penalty for not pitting immediately once the mechanical black flag was shown.
Also finding some early trouble is Rick Kelly who reported clutch issues on his Castrol Racing vehicle. At his pit stop on Lap 23 mechanics attempted a clutch bleed which didn’t fix the issue on the car which was then wheeled into the garage.
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While Waters earned pole position after a lightning-fast Top 10 Shootout lap, it is water and lightning of a different sort that could prove decisive to who tastes glory – or defeat – on Sunday.
Rain played a decisive role in Friday’s qualifying, arriving late in the session and cruelling multiple contenders’ chances, before forecasted storms failed to materialise during Saturday’s Shootout.
Now, all eyes will once again turn to the skies as the V8 engines roar into life for the final time this season.
Race organisers shifted the race start time forward half an hour (to 11am AEDT) in an attempt to ensure anticipated poor weather doesn’t force the race to be called off.
As of late Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for race day reads: “Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm.”
According to BOM, the amount of precipitation is predicted to be 3 to 6mm. The arrival of that rain – if or when it does – could have huge implications on the final leaderboard.
Speaking of forecasts and predictions, Cameron Waters and his superstar co-driver Will Davison are equal favourites to lift the trophy after Waters’ supreme Shootout effort.
“Weather is going to play a big part, there’s going to be a fair bit go down,” said Davison.
“Of course we’re nervous, everyone is, it’s a big day and a big prize in our sport.”
Waters added: “Traditionally at Tickford we don’t really change the car too much going into a wet session, so hopefully the car is good in the wet.
“If not, it’s going to be a long old day, but I think it’ll be OK. Obviously Will’s driven these cars as well so he knows what to expect, so that will probably help us a little bit also.”
That duo is tied in the betting markets with Scott McLaughlin and co-driver Tim Slade. McLaughlin has already sealed his third-straight Supercars championship and the reigning Bathurst winner is looking to go back-to-back in his DJR Team Penske Ford.
Last year’s victory was controversial to say the least, with McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat claiming a scintillating win over Shane van Gisbergen – but only after teammate Fabian Coulthard held up the field during a safety car to allow McLaughlin to pit without losing places.
Whether it’s the weather, sneaky tactics or something else entirely, there’s no doubt Bathurst will again deliver 1000 kilometres of gripping action.
PERCAT DISQUALIFIED FROM BATHURST SHOOTOUT
Nick Percat will start the race from 10th; stripped of his fourth-place finish in the Top 10 Shootout due to a technical breach.
The No. 8 Brad Jones Racing Commodore was ruled to be underweight following Percat’s lap, resulting in disqualification from the session.
“We weighed the car as it came off the circuit and found it to be underweight,” Supercars Head of Motorsport, Adrian Burgess, explained.
“We repeated that process three times and on each occasion, it produced the same value.
“The car sat on the pit apron for the remainder of the Shootout and we invited the team to have the car weighed again at the end.
“We rechecked the scales with our certified weights and are happy that the due process was followed, so we referred it to the stewards, who have disqualified the car from the session.”
It was a cruel blow for Percat, who had defied expectations on Saturday to initially book a place on the second row of the grid.
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1. Cameron Waters/Will Davison, Monster Energy Racing #6
2. Scott McLaughlin/Tim Slade, Shell V-Power Racing #17
3. Chaz Mostert/Warren Luff, Mobil 1 Appliances Online #25
4. Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander, Red Bull Holden Racing Team #97
5. Lee Holdsworth/Michael Caruso, Truck Assist Racing #5
6. Anton De Pasquale/Brodie Kostecki, Penrite Racing #99
7. Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto, Shell V-Power Racing #12
8. James Courtney/Broc Feeney, Boost Mobile Racing #44
9. Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Holden Racing Team #888
10. Nick Percat/Thomas Randle, R&J Batteries Racing #8
11. Bryce Fullwood/Kurt Kostecki, Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing #2
12. Scott Pye/Dean Fiore, DEWALT Racing #20
13. David Reynolds/Will Brown, Penrite Racing #9
14. Andre Heimgartner/Dylan O’Keeffe, NED Racing #7
15. Jack Le Brocq/James Moffat, Supercheap Auto Racing #55
16. Todd Hazelwood/Jordan Boys, Cub Cadet Mowers #14
17. Macauley Jones/Tim Blanchard, Team CoolDrive #3
18. Mark Winterbottom/James Golding, IRWIN Racing #18
19. Rick Kelly/Dale Wood, Castrol Racing #15
20. Alex Davison/Jonathon Webb, Local Legends Racing #19
21. Garry Jacobson/David Russell, Yellow Cover Racing #35
22. Jack Smith/Jack Perkins, SCT Motor Sports #4
23. Chris Pither/Steve Owen, Team Sydney #22
24. Tyler Everingham/Jayden Ojeda, Team Valvoline GRM #40
25. Jake Kostecki/Zane Goddard, UNIT Racing #34