Pre-Bathurst Supercars test days locked in

The 2021 Bathurst 1000

The final pre-Bathurst test days for Repco Supercars Championship teams have been locked in ahead of next month’s Great Race.

Just over two weeks remain until the 2022 edition of the Bathurst 1000 from October 6-9.

Given the reduced endurance campaign in recent years, there is increased importance on test days leading into the Mount Panorama enduro.

Teams are permitted three test days annually, notwithstanding the three additional hit-outs that rookies are afforded.

A pre-Bathurst test has become standard procedure, giving co-drivers a chance to cut laps ahead of the 1000km enduro.

In the lead-up to this year’s event, Victorian-based squads will be in action at Winton Motor Raceway on Tuesday, September 20.

Meanwhile, Queensland-based teams will take to Queensland Raceway on Wednesday, September 28.

An evaluation day has been planned by Brad Jones Racing for Jaxon Evans today at Winton.

Following that, it is expected the Kiwi will be confirmed as Jack Smith’s co-driver in the #4 ZB Commodore, finalising Supercars’ last remaining enduro seat.

Tomorrow will then see nearly a full contingent of Victorian teams take to Winton, pending weather.

Tuesday’s list includes Grove Racing, Brad Jones Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Blanchard Racing Team, Tickford Racing, and the Matt Chahda Motorsport wildcard.

Erebus Motorsport’s #99 ZB Commodore of Brodie Kostecki is slated for a Rookie Test Day at The Bend Motorsport Park the next day (Wednesday, September 21).

The following week, Wednesday, September 28, will be a busy occasion with Supercars teams in action in two different states.

Erebus Motorsport’s #9 ZB Commodore of Will Brown/Jack Perkins and the Boost Mobile-backed wildcard of Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway are slated for a final hit out at Winton.

That depends on the #9 chassis being repaired in time, though the team itself was confident enough to list the date in a recent press release.

They will be joined by Team 18 on the day.

Further north, Queensland Raceway will play host to the final preparations for the Supercheap Auto wildcard of Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser, as already reported by Speedcafe.com.

Triple Eight Race Engineering, Dick Johnson Racing, PremiAir Racing, and Matt Stone Racing are also scheduled to be there.

Practice 1 at Bathurst will get underway at 11:00 AEDT on Thursday, October 6.

Date Day Location Teams
September 19 Monday Winton Brad Jones Racing (Jaxon Evans evaluation day)
September 20 Tuesday Winton Grove Racing
Brad Jones Racing
Walkinshaw Andretti United
Blanchard Racing Team
Tickford Racing
Matt Chahda Motorsport
September 21 Wednesday The Bend Erebus Motorsport (#99 Rookie Test)
September 28 Wednesday Winton Erebus Motorsport (#9)
Erebus/Boost Mobile wildcard
Team 18
September 28 Wednesday Queensland Raceway Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto wildcard
Triple Eight Race Engineering (#97 and #88)
Dick Johnson Racing
PremiAir Racing
Matt Stone Racing

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