Latest ever Bathurst 1000 start time locked in

The 2020 Bathurst 1000

The on-track schedule for this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 has been locked in, revealing what will be the latest start time on record.

The Great Race will officially get underway on Sunday, December 5 at 12:15 local time/AEDT, making for a finish in prime time television hours on Fox Sports and the Seven Network.

While the Repco Supercars Championship field is first on track on the Thursday, as is customary, the timing of the six, hour-long practice sessions has changed somewhat.

Instead of three on the Thursday, two on the Friday leading into Qualifying, and one on Saturday morning before that afternoon’s Top 10 Shootout, the practice split is now two plus two plus two.

Furthermore, three of those six are for co-drivers, namely Practice 2, Practice 3, and Practice 5.

Qualifying is still 40 minutes in duration, and Sunday morning’s Warm Up remains a 20-minute hit-out, before the 161-lap headline act commences in the early afternoon.

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer had tacitly confirmed a later start time in a fan Q&A on the championship’s Facebook page earlier this month, although no firm detail was given at that point.

What Seamer did say was that Seven had agreed to move its evening news bulletins, suggesting a start time at least as late as midday in Bathurst, as well as a conclusion to some sort of proceedings at “seven o’clock on Sunday night.”

The Bathurst 1000 race itself will take place on Sunday, December 5, when sunset is around 20:00 local time, and there is typically no time-certainty at Mount Panorama.

Seamer also noted that the average forecast temperature throughout the race should be lower than if the race started earlier.

While the (typically) hottest part of the day is virtually unavoidable, more action will take place away from it by moving lights out for a race of over six hours’ duration into the early afternoon.

A later start and a finish in prime time viewing hours should also attract higher ratings on free-to-air television.

Prescribed lap counts for the other races have not yet been disclosed, although the Dunlop Super2 Series (which includes Super3 on the grid) has a pair of 100km races, suggesting they will be 16 laps each.

Those two second-tier encounters lead into Supercars Championship Qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout on Friday and Saturday afternoon, respectively, with both Super2 practice sessions on the Wednesday and a qualifying session for each race on the Thursday.

The Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series’ final round kicks off with two practice sessions on the Tuesday, with its three races spread across Thursday to Saturday.

Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS’s two, hour-long races are all done by mid-Friday morning, as is Gulf Western Oils Touring Car Masters’ fourth race (three ‘series races’ plus the Trophy Race).

The S5000 Tasman Cup round spans all six days, with a race each day from the Thursday, while Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia runs through from the Wednesday to Sunday.

The Haltech V8 SuperUte Series field is first on track on the Tuesday morning at 08:55 local time/AEDT and has its fourth and final race on the Saturday morning, the National Trans Am Series is also on from Tuesday to Saturday, and the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series will be running from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Schedule: Repco Bathurst 1000 (Local time/AEDT):

Start Finish Category Session
Tuesday, November 30
8:55 9:15 V8 SuperUtes Practice
9:25 9:45 Touring Car Masters Practice
10:00 10:40 Australian GT Practice 1
10:55 11:25 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Practice 1
11:35 11:55 Trans Am Practice 1
12:05 12:25 V8 SuperUtes Qualifying
12:35 12:55 Touring Car Masters Qualifying
13:10 13:50 Australian GT Practice 2
14:00 14:30 S5000 Practice 1
14:45 15:15 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Practice 2
15:25 15:45 Trans Am Practice 2
15:55 16:15 V8 SuperUtes Race 1
16:25 16:50 Touring Car Masters Trophy Race
Wednesday, December 1
8:30 8:50 TGRA86 Practice 1
9:00 9:30 S5000 Practice 2
9:40 10:10 Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 1
10:25 11:05 Dunlop Super2 Series Practice 1
11:20 11:45 Touring Car Masters Trophy Race
11:55 12:15 Australian GT Qualifying 1
12:20 12:40 Australian GT Qualifying 2
12:50 13:10 V8 SuperUtes Race 2
13:20 13:40 Trans Am Qualifying
13:50 14:10 TGRA86 Practice 2
14:20 14:40 S5000 Qualifying
14:50 15:20 Porsche Carrera Cup Practice 2
15:30 15:50 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Qualifying 1
15:55 16:05 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Qualifying 2
16:15 16:55 Dunlop Super2 Series Practice 2
17:10 17:50 Trans Am Race 1
Thursday, December 2
8:25 8:45 V8 SuperUtes Race 3
8:55 9:20 Touring Car Masters Race 2
9:30 9:50 Dunlop Super2 Series Qualifying Race 1
10:00 11:00 Supercars Championship Practice 1
11:15 12:15 Australian GT Race 1
12:25 12:50 Trans Am Race 2
13:00 13:25 S5000 Race 1
13:35 14:25 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Race 1
14:35 14:55 TGRA86 Qualifying
15:05 15:25 Dunlop Super2 Series Qualifying Race 2
15:40 16:00 Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying
16:15 17:15 Supercars Championship Practice 2 (Additional Drivers)
Friday, December 3
8:20 8:45 Touring Car Masters Race 3
8:55 9:55 Australian GT Race 2
10:05 10:30 S5000 Race 2
10:45 11:45 Supercars Championship Practice 3 (Additional Drivers)
12:00 12:20 TGRA86 Race 1
12:30 13:20 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Race 2
13:35 14:35 Supercars Championship Practice 4
14:50 15:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 1
15:30 16:15 Dunlop Super2 Series Race 1
16:35 17:15 Supercars Championship Qualifying
Saturday, December 4
9:05 9:30 Trans Am Race 3
9:40 10:00 V8 SuperUtes Race 4
10:15 11:15 Supercars Championship Practice 5 (Additional Drivers)
11:35 12:00 S5000 Race 3
12:15 13:15 Supercars Championship Practice 6
13:30 13:50 TGRA86 Race 2
14:00 14:50 Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series Race 3
15:05 15:45 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2
16:00 16:45 Dunlop Super2 Series Race 2
17:05 Supercars Championship Top 10 Shootout
Sunday, December 5
8:40 9:00 TGRA86 Race 3
9:15 9:35 Supercars Championship Warm Up
10:15 10:40 S5000 Race 4
10:50 11:15 Porsche Carrera Cup Race 3
12:15 Supercars Championship Race 31 (161 laps)

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