Drivers gear up for blockbuster Bathurst


Australia’s biggest supercar race, the Bathurst 1000 is fast approaching. Teams are now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars fine-tuning their cars in the hope they won’t fail or crash.

Laura Lavelle reports.

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Enthusiasts see it as Australia’s premier race car event.

It’s set to draw crowds of more than 200,000 people to the quiet country town of Bathurst.

Supercar star, Will Davison, has two previous wins there already, and now wants one with his brother as co driver.

Will Davison, 23Red Racing: “I get more nervous watching my brother race, wanting him to do well, more than myself. So I would just love to share that moment with him, more than anything in the world.”

The brothers say they are quietly confident it’ll be the highlight of their career.

Alex Davison, 23Red Racing: “We’re pushing 100% and we’re aiming for a podium with all things going well.”

Another Ford driver Mark Winterbottom has so far had a challenging year.

But he’s also a former Bathurst champion and believes that’s essential experience.

Mark Winterbottom, Tickford Racing: “I’ve had a lot of years there, highs and lows. I know what it takes to win. I know what it takes to fail. So, hopefully we get it right, get a good result and get on that top step.”

Tickford racing is one of the biggest competitors this year, entering four cars.

There are 16 events in the super car rounds, but Bathurst is the one drivers say they want to win most.

Practice sessions begin tomorrow.

Laura Lavelle, QUT News.