Aside from the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s most celebrated sporting event is the Bathurst 1000, also known as ‘The Great Race‘. Millions will be tuning in to see who will reign supreme at Mount Panorama- the most unforgiving track in the world of motor sports.
Now that it’s arrived, you won’t miss a key moment when taking enjoying the Free to air coverage, as well as mobile streaming options and replays of the day’s earlier events.
2018 Bathurst 1000 Preview
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is the pinnacle of motor racing in Australia, and is rightfully known across the globe. The concept of this event goes back to 1950, when it was held at Phillip Island before it moved to Bathurst in 1963. Drivers race not only for the Supercars championship, but for the Peter Brock Trophy and the right to be called ‘King of the Mountain’.
Since 2000, the race has seen Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes dominate Mount Panorama. Whincup has won on four occasions while Lowndes, who was a close friend of Peter Brock and won the inaugural Trophy in 2006, has conquered Bathurst six times, including 2015 when he partnered with four time winner Steve Richards. Whincup and Lowndes are favoured to take the title again, despite just average efforts at the recent Sandown 500.
Last year’s Bathurst 1000 was the 60th edition of the race and the history has gotten better and better, with minnow team Erebus and their main driver David Reynolds at the helm, claiming a famous victory. Their effort produced a victory by just under four seconds from Scott Pye, in a thrilling finish which saw six cars retired, including championship leader Scott McLaughlin. Earlier in the day Jamie Whincup was derailed by engine failure when seemingly looking home halfway through the one-hundred and sixty-one lap race.
Bathurst 1000 Live in 4K
This year Foxtel’s newest offering, the 4K channel, promises to televise the 2018 Bathurst 1000 in a way never before seen. The Ultra HD coverage will enable viewers to feel more immersed in the action, with the colours, sounds and movement of the Great Race being broadcast with incredible clarity straight to your living room. You’ll be able to see the intensity of every driver, sense the drama of every turn, and hear the revving of the engines so clearly, you’ll feel as though you’re there.
When: Thursday 4 Oct – Sunday 7 Oct, 2018
Where: Mount Panorama, Bathurst NSW
Bathurst 1000 LIVE TV Times
Practice 1 – Thursday at 9.35am (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 2 – Thursday at 12.55pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 3 – Thursday at 3.05pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 4 – Friday at 8.30am (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 5 – Friday at 11.15am (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst Qualifying – Friday at 3.50pm (Fox Sports 6)
Practice 6 – Saturday at 10.05am (Fox Sports 6)
Top Ten Shootout – Saturday at 5.10pm (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst 1000 Warm-up – Sunday at 8.05am (Fox Sports 6)
Touring Car Masters – Sunday at 8.35am (Fox Sports 6)
Supercars Drivers Parade – Sunday at 9.05am (Fox Sports 6)
Porsche Carrera Cup – Sunday at 9.30am (Fox Sports 6)
Bathurst 1000 – Sunday at 11.10am (Ten/Fox Sports 6/Foxtel 4K)
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Bathurst race replays available daily on Fox Sports 6.
Watch or Stream the Bathurst 1000 LIVE
You can find the Bathurst 1000 on Free to Air TV (ch. Ten), but Fox Sports 6 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete LIVE coverage with a dedicated Bathurst channel starting Monday, 1 October, until the final lap. This exclusive programming will include every practice, qualifying and support category, with entire Bathurst 1000 broadcast Live and ad-break free for the very first time.
So if you’re a resident of Australia check out the Foxtel Sports Combo pack which currently offers no lock-in contract and the first 2 months FREE if trialled by October 13. With the Sports Combo you can watch the Supercars live on your big screen, and if you have to be out and about, you can stream the Bathurst 1000 free using the Foxtel Go app within minutes of joining.
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Bathurst 1000 Drivers to Watch
The man who would most love to win this event is Jamie Whincup. Hasn’t won it for a few years and since then, each year he has had misfortune when been in a winning position, including last year when he was coasting in front halfway through the race before engine failure cost him dearly. He has been the best driver in the championship this century and will go down as an all-time great. He’s had strong showings in the lead-ups, the Ipswich Supersprint, Sydney Super Night, Bend Supersprint and Sandown 500, but this race is the pinnacle and he has had no luck in recent years. He’d love to lift the Peter Brock Trophy once again.
The man to beat on current form is Shane Van Gisbergen. He has been the form driver of 2018 and holds a clear lead in the championship standings, and could well seal the title with a win at Bathurst. He has won six races so far this year and has finished on the podium in a further nine races, including last round at Sandown. He’s yet to conquer Bathurst but 2018 shapes up to be clearly his best chance at getting the job done on the biggest stage.
If there is a driver from left field to follow, it’s Jack Perkins. His Walkinshaw Andretti United looked to have really good pace in the early parts of practice at Sandown but unfortunately a heavy crash put pay to their chances of qualifying. Despite a depleted car, he did a great job to finish 16th. The key is the car had really good pace and if it’s fixed in time for Bathurst, they’ll make sure their presence is felt and could be a smokey to watch out for.
Free to Air (ch 10) vs Foxtel (Fox Sports)
Every race of the V8 Supercars Championship will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, while channel Ten will be televising just six of the events live, to include free to air Bathurst 1000 coverage, with the remaining races shown as highlights during the Monday evening after. The championship races on Fox Sports will also be shown without ad-breaks, and in HD where available.
2018 Bathurst 1000 Free Air vs Fox Sports
Thursday 4 October: 7.15am – 5.30pm (Fox Sports)
Friday 5 October: 7.30am – 5.15pm (Fox Sports)
Saturday 6 October: 7.55am – 6.15pm (Fox Sports)
Sunday 7 October: 7.15am – 6.30pm (Fox Sports)
Visit here for the already concluded 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour Live TV and Streaming guide.