This year is the 57th running of the Bathurst 1000. The event was first held as the Armstrong 500 in 1963 and became a 1000km race in 1973.
Championship leader Scott McLaughlin is yet to finish on the podium at Bathurst. His best finish is fifth in 2015, though he’s started on the front row of the grid for the last two years in a row.
McLaughlin’s DJR Team Penske squad hasn’t finished on the podium at Bathurst since 2007, when Will Davison and Steven Johnson finished third.
Peter Brock and Jim Richards own the biggest winning margin in race history – 6 laps.
The closest winning margin is just 0.1 second between Alan Moffat and Colin Bond in 1977.
Jim Richards has started the most amount of Bathurst 1000s with 35
In 2009, Holden filled nine of the top 10 positions. The only Ford in the top 10 was the Lowndes/Whincup Falcon, which finished fifth.
Peter Brock won the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 twice in the same year – 1978 and 1980. Only one other driver has done it – Craig Lowndes in 1996.
TeamVortex’s Steve Richards will celebrate his 200th Supercars championship round in today’s race, becoming just the 13th driver in championship history to reach the milestone.
Alex Rullo is one of four drivers tackling Bathurst for the first time. The 17-year-old makes his race debut along with Richard Muscat, Todd Hazelwood, and Garry Jacobson.