With only four days to go to the Bathurst 1,000 it was full speed ahead today at Mount Panorama.

Hundreds of V8 fans watched competitors take their first spin on the track.

Charlotte Collins reports.


Plenty of action as drivers tested out the $2 million resurfacing of the track.

Last year’s runner up, Jamie Whincup, expects faster times this weekend, as more of the cars’ tyres will be on the road surface.

Jamie Whincup, 2013 Bathurst runner up: “That just means we should go round the corners quicker, which therefore lap times should be down.”

Fans queued up to say g’day and have a photograph with some of motor racing’s big names, including five time Bathurst winner, Craig Lowndes.

2013 King of the Mountain, Mark Winterbottom is hoping to repeat his success. This year, in a different team.

Mark Winterbottom, 2013 champion: “We want to try and do it again we’re making sure that we can repeat everything that we did so well last year, and try and get this thing again.”

Sixty metres above the ground, things were moving at a slower pace, as motorists checked out the sights from the Pepsi Max Crew Skylounge.

Over the four day event close to 900 fans will have the chance to score a view from the top.

Thirty five thousand people are expected in Bathurst for the big race on Sunday.

Charlotte Collins, QUT News.