Supercars has released the schedule for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, revealing that there will be an extra hour of practice relative to 2019.
As was the case last year, when the Saturday morning Practice 6 session was effectively split in two, there will be seven practice sessions for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship field.
However, Practice 6 and Practice 7 will each run for an hour in 2020 per the schedule published on Supercars’ official website, making for an extra hour on aggregate.
Furthermore, the running which is mandated for co-drivers only is now three hours instead of last year’s two-and-a-half, due to the reversion of Practice 6 to the full hour.
That will be a boon for the co-drivers, many of whom will not have raced since February’s Bathurst 12 Hour, if at all this year.
Primary drivers, on the other hand, will have been in action for six of the nine weekends preceding the Great Race, at Hidden Valley, Townsville, and then The Bend.
Other changes to the programme include a cut in the length of the two Dunlop Super2 Series races.
The Bathurst 250 had already been confirmed as effectively cut in two, but 125km races per the Operations Manual are now approximately 100km at 16 laps each.
However, a progressive grid format has been replaced by dedicated 20-minute qualifying sessions for each race.
Once again, Super2 will lead into the Top 10 Shootout, which commences at 17:05 local time/AEDT on Saturday.
The Great Race itself is officially due to start at 11:30, the same as last year when it was pushed back to its latest time ever.
Release of the schedule also represents confirmation of the full support line-up, which is down one category on last year.
Aussie Tin Tops, Combined Historics, and the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series will form the undercard, the former two with three races each and the latter with four.
The 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 takes place from October 15-18.
Schedule: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit
|Thursday, October 15|
|08:55||09:15||Combined Historics||Practice 1|
|09:30||10:30||Supercars Championship||Practice 1||All drivers|
|10:45||11:05||TGRA 86 Series||Practice 1|
|11:20||12:00||Dunlop Super2/Super3||Practice 1|
|12:10||12:30||Aussie Tin Tops||Practice 1|
|12:45||13:45||Supercars Championship||Practice 2||Co-drivers only|
|14:00||14:20||Combined Historics||Practice 2|
|14:30||14:50||TGRA 86 Series||Practice 2|
|15:05||15:45||Dunlop Super2/Super3||Practice 2|
|16:00||17:00||Supercars Championship||Practice 3||All drivers|
|Friday, October 16|
|08:35||09:35||Supercars Championship||Practice 4||Co-drivers only|
|09:50||10:10||Aussie Tin Tops||Practice 2|
|10:20||10:40||TGRA 86 Series||Qualifying|
|12:00||13:00||Supercars Championship||Practice 5||All drivers|
|13:15||13:35||Aussie Tin Tops||Qualifying|
|13:50||14:15||TGRA 86 Series||Race 1|
|14:30||14:50||Combined Historics||Race 1|
|15:05||15:50||Dunlop Super2/Super3||Race 1||16 laps|
|Saturday, October 17|
|09:10||09:30||Combined Historics||Race 2|
|09:45||10:45||Supercars Championship||Practice 6||Co-drivers only|
|11:00||11:25||Aussie Tin Tops||Race 1|
|11:40||12:05||TGRA 86 Series||Race 2|
|12:55||13:15||Combined Historics||Race 3|
|13:30||14:30||Supercars Championship||Practice 7||All drivers|
|14:45||15:10||Aussie Tin Tops||Race 2|
|15:20||15:45||TGRA 86 Series||Race 3|
|16:00||16:45||Dunlop Super2/Super3||Race 2||16 laps|
|17:05||17:50||Supercars Championship||Top 10 Shootout|
|Sunday, October 18|
|09:15||09:40||Aussie Tin Tops||Race 3|
|09:55||10:20||TGRA 86 Series||Race 4|
|11:30||Supercars Championship||Race||161 laps|
All times local/AEDT