For the 54th time, Australia's great race is set to take place. 25 cars driven by 50 competitors are about to take on the roughest, toughest, most spell-binding race track in Australia. At the end of six hours, one pair will overlook the partisan supporters from the podium and hold up the Peter Brock Trophy as champions. Once again, Rennsport is here to bring you all the action with DannyCatSteve in control of the live blog for most of the race. The race starts at 7:30 pm EST in North America with the official stream provided by V8 Supercars beginning an hour before.
CONCLUSION: I end up saying it every year, but that's the greatest race I've ever seen. So much emotion, so much heartbreak, so many twists and turns. We never knew who was going to come out on top. Just anoher race at Bathurst. Thank you to all of those who watched the race and kept up with the live blog. I personally believe there is nothing better in the world of motorsport than this great race.Until the mountain calls again, good night everyone.
PS. F-P-R! GO FORD!
161/161 - Whincup runs out of fuel and Mostert takes the lead on Conrod. FPR , Paul Morris, and Chaz Mostert have won the Bathurst 1,000! Whincup barely makes it home! Moffat and Percat round out the podium. Have you ever seen a better motor race?
154/161 - Whincup takes the lead from Winterbottom who runs wide and is spun by Lowndes. Drive through for car #888! Whincup leads Mostert, Moffat is third!
151/161 - Safety car! Blanchard has put the LDM Commodore in the wall. The top three pit... Van Gisbergen stalls. Unreal! What a disaster for him and the team. Winterbottom leads, Whincup second. Whincup ran ride and gave Frosty the lead. It'll be another showdown between the two classic rivals.
146/161 - Winterbottom is 11 seconds back. Pit lane transit is 34 seconds. Anything could happen. Van Gisbergen grabs the lap record, and the top three light up the timing screens.
143/161 - Mostert is fiesty in his defence and remains in third. Coulthard has a flat spot and pits again. His race is done.
141/161 - Coulthard decides not to risk it and comes in. Everyone is driving to a fuel number.
137/161 - Winterbottom comes in and tops off, as does Davison. If the others run out, they'll be in the catbird's seat.
133/161 - SAFETY CAR #9. A repeat of the Lowndes/Luff incident except it was Ingall who lost control under brakes and took out Holdsowrth. Lee is okay, it seems. Frosty and Whincup doublestack - Winterbottom comes off worse and is now 12th. His chance of another Peter Brock appears to be done for the year.
131/161- Mostert gets past Coulthard after a rough scrap. Whincup and Moffat have big moments. It's all happening!
128/161 - Winterbottom puts immense pressure on percat who eventually breaks and goes off at Murray's. Frosty is 5th and now must pass his young teammate, Mostert.
124/161 - Van Gisbergen pulls off an almighty move at Griffin's! Lowndes has to conserve to make it to the end on fuel.
122/161 - RESTART #8. The emotion from McLaughlin and Canto - that's why bathurst is the great race.
120/161 - Moments later and McLaughlin has gone into the wall! Two fan-favorites and proper contenders out within just a few seconds of each other. The mountain has no favorites.
118/161 - Unbelievable! Reynolds stops on track! Unknown what the problem is, but Dean Canto is shattered.
117/161 - Lowndes now holds the lap record with a 2:07.7 and controls the race lead.
115/161 - Webb in to the pits from the lead for pads and all. SVG will take it home. Bobby D skins the wall at the Cutting. He stops on track and brings out the safety car #7.
111/161- Lowndes is coming! It's impossible to predict this race.
109/161 - Heartbreak for Ingall and Blanchard with a flat tire. Dumbrell is now in 14th.
106/161 - RESTART #6. Here we go again!
105/161 - Start playing the Jaws music... car #1 is on the lead lap. #97 leads #5 after the Volvo stops under safety car conditions.
104/161 - SAFETY CAR #6. Slade biffs it at Reid Park.
102/161 - Premat attempts the same move he failed earlier but executes it perfectly this time. The S60 hits the front once more.
100/161 - Also, there was a footy on the circuit. "Wrong weekend" comments Channel 7 announcer, Neil Crompton. The #888 racer contines to look like its driving on butter.
100/161 - Reynolds back in the Bottle-O Falcon for the remainder of this race. 61 laps to go! All the strategies are starting to play out.
93/161 - Cars #5 and #23 in, they can make in on two more stops. Premat tries a move at the chase but outbrakes himself and goes off. He rejoins safely, but he's lost valuable time. #97 leads. Owen goes wide at the exit of T2 and that allows Premat to round him up for second.
91/161 - Van Gisbergen in and Webb will get another stint in. The race has settled into a rhythm after the chaos in the early-to-middle stages. Scheduled stops for others should be soon.
87/161 - Russell Ingall has snuck into fourth in the midst of all the chaos. Car #14 of Faban Coulthard and Luke Youlden is still in the running too; they're sixth at the moment.
85/161 -PercatSteve hands over to Oli Gavin (yes, that Oli Gavin). McLaughlin comes in the next lap for his fourth stop and gives control back to Premat.
83/161 - Canto usurps Richards for 11th as Frosty overtakes Holdsworth for 4th down at The Chase.
81/161 - WHOA WE'RE HALFWAY THERE.
77/161 - RESTART #5.
74/161 - Mark Skaife just made a Days of Thunder reference.
73/161 - Canto pits under yellow and stays in, giving the lead back to Scott McLaughlin in the Volvo.
71/161 - Van Gisbergen shows his supreme car control skills again. He and Winterbottom are chopping their way through the field. Pye has gone into the wall at the chase! He's out of the car and seems okay. SAFETY CAR #5.
68/161 - RESTART #4. Drive through for Whincup for unsafe re-entry!
67/161 - Stevie J has gearbox issuesfrom the incident.Bright helped push Courtney into pit lane. Garth Tander is really good at TV.
64/161 - Major dramas! Whincup went off and collected T. Kelly. He's in the garage. Steve Johnson takes the lead but loses it at Reid Park. The race has gone off! SAFETY CAR #4.
63/161 - RESTART #3.
62/161 - Cars are rolling again.
61/161 - 8 minutes until the restart. Bathurst fans are out of this world.
61/161 - Seven has the best racing coverage in the world.
61/161 - AUSTRALIANS ALL LET US REJOICE
61/161 - A gif from our own Nobody of tarmacing.
61/161 - About a 15 minute halt according to Damien White. Teams can work on cars but can't refuel or change the tyres. Now would be a good time for some more 'za.
61/161 - RED FLAG, surely to attempt repaires to the track.
61/161 - Another image of the track at turn two.
58/161 - SAFETY CAR #3. Douglas in the turn two wall again and Pye goes in a few seconds later. Could be due to the track breaking apart. Pit stops now but Dumbrell and Owen got past Murph' just before.
56/161 - Fiore's Altima is smoking like a Bathurst morning barbecue at the moment.
54/161 - Murphy overtakes Dumbrell for second as the the #16 and #5 Falcons nearly have a huge moment!
50/161 - RESTART #2. Premat, Dumbrell, Murphy is your top three.
48/161 - The track is coming up at turn two... still under safety car.
45/161 - SAFETY CAR #2. A kangaroo on track. Bathurst is just zany. Unforunately, it seems like Luke Youlden hit it. The teams are now using the oppurtunity to pit, which means double stacking! And thermal cameras. Morris in in the tire barrier at turn two and there's huge damage to Dale Wood's car! Chaos under safety car! Morris lost it on his own but Wood went into the back of his teammate Jones in the BOC car!
43/161 - Webb comes in early to avoid confrontation with Dumbrell, as Lowndes and a few others tempt fate.The second round of stops is beginning.
40/161 - Quarter distance and car #22 pits, HRT keeping Murphy in the car. Things are starting to tighten up between 2nd-4th.
37/161 - Dumbrell is now pressuring Owen for third. Reynolds has moved up to 13th and the Chaz is finally progressing. Also, how about those tribute liveries? And as I finish... car #1 moves up to a podium spot.
35/161 - Some drivers are starting to lose their cool. Cam Waters in the ugly Jeld-Wen racer moves over on Taz Douglas on Mountain straight. The Nissan ended in the tyres but has it going again.
30/161 - Jonathan Webb pulls off an amazing dive on the Pepsi Max Falcon at the chase to move up to second!
29/161 - RESTART #1. All cars have their co-drivers in, except for Dahlgren, Slade, Reynolds, and Mostert. Premat leads them away as Owen pursues.
26/161 - SAFETY CAR #1. Luke Youlden has a huge lock-up in The Chase and gets burried in the gravel. D'Alberto awkwardly makes contact with Taz Douglas in the #360 Nissan as they enter pit lane.
25/161- No matter what you think of him, that was a breath-taking first stint from Whincup. Dumbrell is fifth in car #1. Premat, Caruso, Webb lead him. The steering wheel change hasn't worked to well for the HRT Commodore; they still are having dash display problems.
23/161 - Steering wheel change for Courtney is a success. A slow stop for Winterbottom has now dropped him a few seconds in the stop to McLaughlin.
20/161 - Triple Eight not a big fan of Larko. Frosty is now closer to McLaughlin and is setting times nearly matching Whincup. The leaders who have stayed out are setting the time sheets on fire. At the same time, car #17 is reporting some rear-end issues.
18/161 - A flurry of pit stops now. Richards stays in car #888 - but there's a drama with cross-threaded wheel. Courtney is still suffering. The leaders continue to pour in.
14/161 - Whincup moves past the other Red Bull Commodore. He's up to fifth after just 15 laps. McLaughlin, Winterbottom, Van Gisbergen are still the top three.
12/161 - Whincup breaks his lap record and is still moving fast. Car #10 pits.
10/161 - Three wide down Conrod between Wood, Mofffat, and Caurso! Whincup wins out and has a huge moment at the Dipper later, but saves it.
8/161 - Caruso is the first one in. Apparent steering wheel dramas for James Courtney.
6/161 - No breach for Car #1. Paul Morris still hasn't made up any sports. Yay co-drivers!
4/161 - Whincup might be in strife? Was that a jump start?
1/161 - McLaughlin leads the opening lap! The pole sitter, Van Gisbergen dropped two spots and Whincup made up five places. Do those shots of the chase ever get old?!
- LIGHTS OUT! OFF WE GO FOR AUSTRALIA'S GREAT RACE!
- That lap record by Jamie Whincup is about to be obliterated. The Warm-up lap is now commencing.
- Hi to Levi and Chilli.
-Garry Rogers doing Garry Rogers things.
- Pre-race ceremonies now beginning. The nerves are rising.
- Now just half an hour away. There'll be a 40% chance of rain in the closing stages. Meanwhile, another great segment from Mark Larkham and Seven.
- A BlackHawk helicopter just delivered Frosty Winterbottom The Peter Brock Trophy. Can he repeat last year's amazing win and bring himself back into the championship?
-43 minutes until the start. Where is everyone watching tonight? Who are you cheering on? Holden? Ford? Volvo? SHANEVANGISBERGEN?
- "You prepare for 101 things here and then the 102nd happens" - Neil Crompton
- Another spectacular intro by Channel Seven. Next year Network Ten will have coverage of the great race. They'll have a lot to live up to.
- One hour to go and coverage has started. Now is the time to get your pizza if you haven't already. Eat responsibly.
- The starting grid as provided by Speedcafe. 75 minutes until race start.
(Cover image provided by V8 Supercars)