After a crushing performance at the Sandown 500, can anyone defeat the Red Bull Racing Australia juggernaut at Bathurst?
That’s the big question heading into this year’s October classic, where V8 Supercars’ new-for-2013 Car of the Future will have its first proper taste of the gruelling mountain.
The resulting question mark against mechanical reliability will add to Bathurst’s usual mix of variables, while tyre management looms as crucial as ever.
The implementation of seven compulsory pitstops could further shake-up proceedings, with many tipping the Erebus Mercedes entries to back up their Sandown performance with another competitive showing.
Ford Performance Racing has proven that it has the speed to win, while others such as the Holden Racing Team, Brad Jones Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport and even Dick Johnson Racing are all being touted as potential threats.
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