It’s finally here. The biggest race of the year will unfold across four action-packed days, culminating in 1000km of non-stop racing on Sunday at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
It’s the race everyone wants to win – and 29 new generation V8 Supercars will be in with a shot, battling for victory and giving it all they can to get home.
A win won’t just etch the winners’ names in history, but will put driver pairings one step closer to the inaugural PIRTEK Enduro Cup and reel in a huge haul of points towards the Championship.
This year, new to 2013 manufacturers Nissan and Mercedes-Benz will be back at Mount Panorama; Nissan last won a race with the infamous ‘Godzilla’ in 1992, while a Benz's most recent appearance on the Mountain was 1994.
Six-time winner Mark Skaife tipped Craig Lowndes as the hot favourite for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. But it was his teammate Jamie Whincup who, with Paul Dumbrell, snared the first enduro, the Wilson Security Sandown 500 last month.
Three-hundred points are on offer this weekend and less than that separates the top six drivers in the standings.
Who will take home the Peter Brock trophy? Who’s co-driver will be the most valuable at Mount Panorama? And who will lead the Championship into the concrete-lined ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600?
Don’t miss a minute of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars has you covered.
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Even V8 Supercars veterans Dick Johnson and Garry Rogers speak about the feeling when driving into the circuit, seeing the Mount Panorama sign and visiting the spiritual home of motorsport in this country.
Tickets are still available for the four-day event, both general admission and grandstand.
Paddock passes are available across the weekend and there are plenty of interactive activities such as autograph sessions, the Disney-Pixar Fun Zone and a range of support categories to keep you entertained.
Several co-drivers are competing across two series, with the Dunlop Series and Porsche Carrera Cup both fielding a number of drivers who will steer V8 Supercars in the 1000. Those Championships are heating up, and a bag of points at the Mountain will prove valuable for both, each holding the penultimate round at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The V8 Utes return, along with Touring Car Masters, and Team Bray Racing will showcase its new 1963 Corvette burnout and drift car at the event, with daily displays.
All states will receive coverage of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 live on Channel Seven, with TV time beginning on Friday to capture Qualifying and support categories. See the Australian TV Schedule here.
Sydney and Melbourne followers can start watching from 1pm on Friday, Brisbane fans from 12pm, Adelaide 12.30pm and Perth 10am.
From there, it’s a huge weekend on Seven, with six hours of coverage on Saturday to show V8 Supercars practice, support categories and in twilight at Mount Panorama, the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, to determine the start of the grid for Sunday’s big race.
Coverage begins at 7am for Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday, 6am for Brisbane, 6.30am for Adelaide, and 4am for Perth on Sunday, showing V8 Supercars’ warm up session and support categories.
The Great Race coverage begins at 10.30am AEDT.
In addition to Seven's coverage, SPEED TV will be previewing Bathurst with two V8 Supercars Classics – 2005, tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm AEDT, and 2007 on Wednesday October 9 at 7pm.
Thursday at 7.30pm SPEED will air a Bathurst preview, Sunday night at 8pm a four-hour highlights package, and next week on Saturday October 19, the full race replay beginning at 4pm.
New Zealand followers will need to check local guides, though SKY Sport 2 will be showing Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout and Sunday’s race live.
The sport’s own live, uninterrupted stream will air Qualifying, Saturday’s Practice Six, the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, Sunday warm-up and, of course, the race, on Sunday.
The recently launched subscription service offers fans worldwide (excluding New Zealand) the opportunity to watch through an internet browser.
For those interested in following the Dunlop Series, there is an option for fans to subscribe to a bundle pack and follow both categories. Click here for the various options and to sign up.
For the schedule for Bathurst streams, click here, or visit the Live Streaming page within the ‘View’ menu. Times are written as per Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
V8 SuperView is hosted by Riana Crehan and offers expert commentary from the Channel Seven on-air line-up during the race action.
V8 Supercars 2013 Official App
Displaying live timing, lap-by-lap insider information and news as it breaks, the V8 Supercars 2013 Official App is handy to have, whether you’re at the race and planning to watch away from a big screen; or if you want additional information watching from the comfort of your own home.
Instant notifications will alert you to new available news stories and you can download a package of each session once it’s completed.
Want to know what the drivers and teams had to say about their performance on Twitter? It’s all linked up – so don’t miss a beat with the V8 Supercars Official App, available for both Apple and Android.
Twitter and Facebook will run the usual updates, as well as alerting you to current news on v8supercars.com.au and giving you a place to interact with other viewers.
This year, The Chosen One is back, giving a unique fan’s perspective of the event. He will trek around Mount Panorama using social media to communicate with those following at home and from the event. Follow him on Twitter and Storify.
As always, the Official V8 Supercars website will give you the latest breaking official news with regular updates over the weekend, throughout the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and for the remainder of the Championship season.
Looking for circuit information, Supplementary Regulations, schedule or Fast Facts? Head to the event page for all you need to know about the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The usual content will run over the weekend, and of course it is the place to visit for official results, race wraps and driver comments.
We now head into the grueling, challenging but most rewarding part of the season. Who will take home the Peter Brock Trophy? Who’s Championship will be boosted, and who will fall out of contention? Which pairing will lead the PIRTEK Enduro Cup points heading to the final round of the Championship within a Championship?
There’s always so much action over Bathurst weekend – don’t miss a minute with V8 Supercars’ extensive coverage.