The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT | SHOOTOUT -

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.

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