Start your engines
Viewers are in the driver’s seat as Bathurst clocks up 50 years
THE V8 Supercars Championships head to Mt Panorama for a 50th anniversary running of the Bathurst 1000.
Garth Tander and Nick Percat last year held off Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife in a final-lap thriller to win the Peter Brock Trophy by a margin of 0.29 seconds.
Drivers who will compete this year include Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell, Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards, Will Davison and John McIntyre, James Moffat and Alex Davison, Jason Bright and Andrew Jones, Russell Ingall and Christian Klien, Lowndes and Warren Luff. Some 22 hours of live action will be broadcast from Friday to Sunday on Channel 7, Prime7 and multichannel 7MATE.
The broadcast will feature 72 in-car cameras for V8s and 125 cameras in-car, on-track, in concrete kerbs and walls, in the air and in the pits. 3D CADCAM will take viewers inside the cars and a computergenerated graphics system will track cars around the circuit.
The race will be broadcast to more than 140 countries.
Matthew White, Neil Crompton and Skaife will host the broadcast, with Aaron Noonan in the commentary booth.
Mark Beretta and Mark Larkham will report from the pits and Neil Kearney will speak with racing personalities who have returned to the track to help the event celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Friday, 1-4pm, Seven, Prime7; 6.30-8.30pm, 7MATE; Saturday, noon-6pm, Seven, Prime7; Sunday, 5am to 4pm Seven, Prime7.
Team Vodafone’s Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff.