Concerns about wild weather in Bathurst this weekend have prompted organisers to bring the start time of Sunday’s race forward by 30 minutes.
The biggest day on the Supercars calendar will now start at 11am (AEDT) on Sunday as opposed to 11.30am, with rain and storms forecast during the iconic 161-lap race.
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The early start is designed to protect against the threat of the race dragging too far over time, should the weather result in additional Safety Cars or possibly even red flags.
At least 50 per cent of the race must be completed for a winner to be declared.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting up to 10mm of rain on Sunday to go with a chance of thunderstorms.
The time shift of the major event at Mount Panorama has also affected the rest of the schedule, which is now slated as follows:
8:30am-8:50am: Supercars warm-up
9am-9:25am: TGRA 86 Series (Race 4)
9:35am-10am: Aussie Tin Tops (Race 3)
11am: Supercars — Bathurst 1000
HOW TO WATCH
You can catch all the action at Mount Panorama on Fox Sports, which has an entire channel (506) dedicated to Bathurst this weekend. You can also stream the race live on Kayo.
Channel 10 will be broadcasting the event on free-to-air TV.
This year’s entry-list is being hyped as the strongest co-driver field ever assembled at Bathurst.
Supercars legend Craig Lowndes, who is co-driving alongside Jamie Whincup, told The Back Page this week the line-up will provide plenty of entertainment for fans while Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton agreed this year “has to be up there” in terms of the most impressive co-driver field ever assembled.
“There’s so many A-grade drivers so for sure it’s going to be tight,” Dutton said.
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