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19 Must know Facts before Race Week!

September 28, 2017

 

1. The Bathurst 1000 is aptly named because it is a 1000km race. That's the distance from Sydney to Brisbane!

2. The average speed is 161.5km/hr

 

3. Top speed is about 300km/hr

 

4.  If Jamie Whincup’s Red Bull V8 SuperCar truly did have wings could fly reaching close to 300km/h down the famous Conrod Straight. - that's faster that a Boeing 757 and a Airbus A320 when they leave the runway! 

 

5. Originally constructed in 1938 as a scenic tourist drive. The circuit is public road on non-race weekends and remains one of the all-time favourite circuits of Supercar drivers. It is ranked among the great racetracks of the world.

 

6. The temperate inside a V8 SuperCar can rise to 60+ degrees Celsius 

 

7. A driver core body temperature can get to 39 degree Celsius (fever temperature) when racing. 

 

8. The race consists of 161 laps of the 6.123km circuit.

9. When racing a drivers average heart race is approximately 170 beats per minute

 

10. A drivers average reaction time is 0.15 seconds

 

11. A drivers exerts enough brake pedal pressure to do 1200 x 120kg leg presses in the single 1000km race!

 

12. Holden and Ford have won 49 of the 55 Bathurst 1000 races. Only 6 have been won by other manufacturers. 

 

13. Holden has won 31 times

 

14. Holden Legend Peter Brock won the race a record 9 times making his the undisputed 'King of the Mountain'

15. King of the Mountain Peter Brock won the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 twice in the same year — 1978 and 1980 the only other driver to ever do it: Craig Lowndes in 1996

 

16. It takes roughly 6.5 hours for someone to be crowned winner

 

17. Jim Richards has started the most amount of Bathurst 1000's with 35

 

18. The biggest win margin in race history is 6 laps - done by Peter Brock and Jim Richards

 

19. The closest winning margin is just 0.1 second between Alan Moffat and Colin Bond in 1977 in a 1-2 form finish.

 

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