Holden drivers Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards celebrate victory in the 2015 Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
Holden drivers Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards celebrate victory in the 2015 Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. MARK HORSBURGH

BATHURST 2016: All you need to know

THE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY: Three practice sessions from 10.45am;

FRIDAY: Practice from 8.55am. Qualifying from 3.50-4.30pm;

SATURDAY: Practice from 10.10-11.10am. Top 10 Shootout from 5.10pm

SUNDAY: Bathurst 1000 from 11.10am

  • Times AEDT

2016 DRIVERS AND TEAMS

1: Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto (Ford - Prodrive Racing Australia)

2: Garth Tander/Warren Luff (Holden - Holden Racing Team)

3: Andre Heimgartner/Aaren Russell (Holden - Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport)

4: Shae Davies/Chris Van Der Drift (Holden - Erebus Motorsport)

6: Cameron Waters/Jack Le Brocq (Ford - Prodrive Racing Australia)

7: Todd Kelly/Matt Campbell (Nissan Motorsport)

8: Jason Bright/Andrew Jones (Holden - Brad Jones Racing)

9: David Reynolds/Craig Baird (Holden - Erebus Motorsport)

12: Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden (Ford - DJR Team Penske)

14: Tim Slade/Ashley Walsh (Holden - Brad Jones Racing)

15: Rick Kelly/Russell Ingall (Nissan Motorsport)

17: Scott Pye/Tony D'Alberto (Ford - DJR Team Penske)

18: Lee Holdsworth/Karl Reindler (Holden - Charlie Schwerkolt Racing)

19: Will Davison/Jonathon Webb (Holden - Tekno Autosports)

21: Tim Blanchard/ Macauley Jones (Holden - Brad Jones Racing)

22: James Courtney/Jack Perkins (Holden - Holden Racing Team)

23: Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore (Nissan Motorsport)

33: Scott McLaughlin/David Wall (Volvo - Garry Rogers Motorsport)

34: James Moffat/James Golding (Volvo - Garry Rogers Motorsport)

55: Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen (Ford - Prodrive Racing Australia)

88: Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell (Holden - Red Bull Racing Australia)

96: Dale Wood/David Russell (Nissan Motorsport)

97: Shane Van Gisbergen/ Alexandre Premat (Holden - Red Bull Racing Australia)

111: Chris Pither/Richie Stanaway (Ford - Super Black Racing)

222: Nick Percat/Cameron McConville (Holden - Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport)

360: Simona de Silvestro/ Renee Gracie (Nissan - Nissan Motorsport)

888: Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards (Holden - TeamVortex)

BATHURST FACT FILE

1 Initially run over the distance of 500 miles (804km), the race originated in 1960 with the Armstrong 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. It was relocated to Bathurst in 1963 and 10 years later the race distance was extended to 1000km.

2 In 1967, a rule change and Ford's development of the 289 cubic inch V8 Ford Falcon GT marked the end of small cars as outright contenders. With the new rule requiring a minimum number of pit-stops by all cars, economical smaller cars lost the advantage of requiring fewer stops than the larger, thirstier Fords and Holdens.

3 Peter Brock tackled Bathurst 32 times between 1969 and 2004, winning it a record nine times. His first victory came in the Bathurst 500 of 1972 - the final time the race was run over 500 miles and the last year in which driving solo was permitted.

4 Second on the list of most Bathurst wins is New Zealand's Jim Richards. He won it seven times - in 1978, '79 '80, '91, '92, '98 and 2002 - and also holds the record for the most starts, 35. His son Steven is a four-time winner (1998, 1999, 2013 and 2015).

5 The youngest winner of Bathurst is Australia's Rick Kelly. He was 20 years and 268 days old when he won the race in 2003 in a Holden VY Commodore. The oldest winner was Jim Richards, who took out the race at the age of 55 years and 41 days in 2002 in a Holden VX Commodore.

6 Since the first "Great Race” at Phillip Island in 1960, Holden has prevailed 30 times. Second on the manufacturers' list is Ford with 20. Between them they have won all but eight of the races at either Phillip Island or Bathurst.

7 Mark Skaife and Jim Richards' win in a Nissan Skyline in 1992 under red flag regulations fuelled ugly scenes at the presentation, with the pair roundly booed by a rowdy, alcohol-charged crowd during the nationally televised trophy presentation. Richards responded succinctly. "This is bloody disgraceful,” he said. "You're a pack of arseholes.”

8 Bob Jane won the race four times in succession from 1961-64. Jane was to prove a success in business too, establishing a national chain of tyre retailers, Bob Jane T-Marts. He was inducted into the V8 Supercars Hall of Fame in 2000.

25 PAST CHAMPIONS

1991: Jim Richards / Mark Skaife - Skyline BNR32 GTR

1992: Jim Richards / Mark Skaife - Skyline BNR32 GTR

1993: Larry Perkins / Greg Hansford - VP Commodore

1994: Dick Johnson / John Bowe - EB Falcon

1995: Larry Perkins / Rus- sell Ingall - VR Commodore

1996: Craig Lowndes / Greg Murphy - VR Commodore

1997: Geoff and David Brabham - BMW 320i

1997: Larry Perkins / Russell Ingall - VS Commodore

1998: Jim Richards / Rickard Rydell - Volvo S40

1998: Jason Bright / Steven Richards - EL Falcon

1999: Greg Murphy / Steven Richards - VT Commodore

2000: Garth Tander / Jason Bargwanna - Holden VT Commodore

2001: Mark Skaife / Tony Longhurst - Holden VX Commodore

2002: Mark Skaife / Jim Richards - Holden VX Commodore

2003: Greg Murphy / Rick Kelly - Holden VY Commodore

2004: Greg Murphy / Rick Kelly - Holden VY Commodore

2005: Mark Skaife / Todd Kelly - Holden VZ Commodore

2006: Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup - Ford BA Falcon

2007: Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup - Ford BF Falcon

2008: Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup - Ford BF Falcon

2009: Garth Tander / Will Davison - Holden VE Commodore

2010: Craig Lowndes / Mark Skaife - Holden VE Commodore

2011: Garth Tander / Nick Percat - Holden VE Commodore

2012: Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell - Holden VE Commodore

2013: Mark Winterbottom / Steven Richards - Ford FG Falcon

2014: Chaz Mostert / Paul Morris - Ford FG Falcon

2015: Craig Lowndes / Jim Richards - Holden VF Commodore



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