Posted on October 15, 2020 Tags: Bathurst 1000
AFTER 99 DAYS ON THE ROAD and 13,982km of driving, Supercars teams have settled in to the spiritual home of Australian motorsport –Mount Panorama, Bathurst, New South Wales!
Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is a fitting finale to the 2020 season for teams that have been on the road since Monday, July 6, when borders closed between Victoria and NSW.
And thunderstorms are forecast!
With a wealth of travel and racing in four states behind them, all focus now turns to Sunday’s great race and the privilege to be crowned this year’s King of the Mountain.
This year will see 44 drivers of the country’s premier drivers – including five West Australians – compete in a race recognised among the world’s finest.
GARTH TANDER – two-time Bathurst winner and one of WA’s most successful sports stars, again partnering Shane van Gisbergen in the Triple Eight Race Engineering’s Holden Commodore ZB.
DEAN FIORE – partnering Scott Pye in Team 18’s second entry Holden Commodore ZB. Competed in five full-time campaigns between 2009 and 2013, before moving into co-driving with Kelly Racing. Scott finished second at Mount Panorama in 2017 and 2018.
KURT KOSTECKI – partnering Bryce Fullwood in the Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB. At 22 Kurt is finally making his Great Race debut four years after first driving in the main game. He’s brother to Jake, and cousin to Brodie in an extraordinary family line-up in the 2020 Bathurst 1000.
JAKE KOSTECKI – the 20-year-old is partnering Zane Goddard in the Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore ZB.
BRODIE KOSTECKI – partnering Anton De Pasquale in Erebus Motorsport’s sole entry Holden Commodore ZB this year.
Youngsters Broc Feeney and Jordan Boys also tackle the Mountain this weekend in their very first top-flight Supercars outing – Jordan with Todd Hazlewood in the Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB, and Broc alongside James Courtney in the Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT.
2013 Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom is one of the drivers who won’t be leaving anything on the track on Sunday, hoping to finish the year on top of the podium holding the Peter Brock Trophy.
Frosty finished 6th in 2019 alongside Steven Richards and this year teams up with former full-time driver James Golding.
From the 24 regular entries, just four pairings are the same as last year – both Triple Eight Holdens (Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes and Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander), the #15 Kelly Mustang (Rick Kelly/Dale Wood) and the #12 Penske Ford (Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto).
There are some reunions in the field, though, such as Macauley Jones and Tim Blanchard (10th in 2016) and Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso (DNF in 2008, third in 2009).
Missing from the field is reigning winner Alex Premat, who was set to join Tickford Racing for the Great Race after being replaced by Tim Slade at DJR Team Penske, only for pandemic-related travel restrictions to leave him stranded in the US.
It’s the first time a reigning winner will miss the race since Paul Morris in 2015.
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