BATHURST START TIME CHANGED
Published 08 September 2015
Latest start in Great Race history for 2015 event …
THE start time for the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 has been modified and will be the latest in the race’s long and storied history.
This year the race will now start at 11.00am local time on Sunday October 11, as confirmed by the event’s official Supplementary Regulations.
One major benefit for the change is helping close the gap at the other end of the day between the finish of the race and Sunday evening television news bulletins.
The increased speed of the current cars and faster race times have resulted on occasions in recent years where the race’s television broadcaster has been forced to ‘fill’ over an hour of programming in the aftermath of the race finish and podium presentation.
Moving the start time to 11.00am would help close up that gap and reduce ‘fill’ time leading into the all-important Sunday night news bulletin, though it’s important to note there is no time certain finish for the race, which is the jewel in the V8 Supercars Championship crown.
Should an instance like last year’s hour-long mid-race delay occur again, there will not be a specified finish time for the race and it will, barring any major disaster, run to its full 161 lap completion.
Television anti-siphoning laws also dictate that the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 must be shown on a free-to-air network’s primary channel, meaning, for example, Channel 10 must stay with this year’s race through to the chequered flag before being able to send post-race coverage to its other channels, One HD or Eleven.
This was the case last year when Seven showed the elongated race right through to its completion at approximately 6.30pm local time and then moved its post-race and podium coverage across to 7mate.
The race adopted a 10.00am local time kick-off in 1979 after the 1978 race – due to start at 9.30am as per the-then start time – was delayed to 10.00am due to fog surrounding the circuit.
The start time of the race was moved to 10.30am in 2007 – the first year of Channel 7 covering the race in the modern era – and has been 10.30am ever since.
Race morning at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will also see a return by Touring Car Masters to a Sunday morning race slot.
V8 Utes and Porsche Carrera Cup will also compete on Sunday morning with the 20-minute V8 Supercar warm-up remaining in place, though this year at 8.25am.
This year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will be the first time the Mount Panorama classic has been shown live on pay TV in Australia with FOX Sports to broadcast live in HD.
Network 10 will cover the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on free to air, the first time since 2006 that the network has broadcast the race.