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The 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was a motor racing event for Supercars, held on the weekend of 6 to 9 October 2016. The event will take place at the Mount Panorama Circuit near Bathurst, New South Wales, and consist of one race of 1000 kilometres in length. It will be the eleventh event of fourteen in the 2016 International V8 Supercars Championship and host Race 21 of the season. It will also be the second event of the 2016 Enduro Cup. The event marked ten years since the first awarding of the Peter Brock Trophy, which was introduced following the death of nine-time race winner Peter Brock in September 2006.

Triple Eight Race Engineering drivers Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrellstarted the race from pole position. The race was won by Tekno Autosports' Will Davison and Jonathon Webb; however, following the completion of the race, Triple Eight announced their intentions to appeal a fifteen second post-race penalty that was awarded to Whincup that saw him classified eleventh despite being the first car across the finish line.

Report Edit

Background Edit

The event will be the 59th running of the Bathurst 1000, which was first held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in 1960 as a 500-mile race for Australian-made standard production sedans, and marks the 56th time that the race will be held at Mount Panorama. It will be the 20th running of the Australian 1000 race, which was first held after the organisational split between the Australian Racing Drivers Club and V8 Supercars Australia that saw two "Bathurst 1000" races contested in both 1997 and 1998. It will be the 18th time the race has been held as part of the Supercars Championship and the fourth time it forms part of the Enduro Cup. The defending winners of the race are Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards.

The event will commemorate ten years since the death of nine-time race winner Peter Brock—who died in a crash at the Targa West rally one month prior to the 2006 race—and the introduction of the Peter Brock Trophy. Brock's brother Phil will present the Trophy to the race winners, having made the first presentation of the Trophy in 2006.[2] Several of Brock's old race cars will be on display at the event, with a selection to complete parade laps prior to the race on Sunday morning. The cars in the parade will be driven by Phil Brock and the previous winners of the Peter Brock Trophy. The event also paid tribute to Mark Porter, who passed away following a crash in a support race during the 2006 event.

Shane van Gisbergen entered the event as the championship leader, seven points clear of his Triple Eight Race Engineeringteammate Jamie Whincup. Lowndes, the third Triple Eight driver, was third in the points standings, 157 behind Van Gisbergen. In the Teams' Championship, Triple Eight Race Engineering hold a 1273-point lead over the Holden Racing Team. In the Enduro Cup standings, Holden Racing Team drivers Garth Tander and Warren Luff lead the Triple Eight pairing of Van Gisbergen and Alexandre Prémat by 24 points.

Entry list Edit

As well as the regular 26 championship entries, a single wildcard entry was received for the race. The Harvey Norman Supergirls entry that contested the 2015 race will return for 2016, fielding an unchanged line-up of Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie. The team will switch from competing with a Prodrive Racing Australia-prepared Ford FG X Falcon to a Nissan Altima L33 built by Nissan Motorsport.

No. Drivers Team Car No. Drivers Team Car
1 Mark Winterbottom

 Dean Canto

Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 21 Tim Blanchard

 Macauley Jones

Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore
2 Garth Tander

 Warren Luff

Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 22 James Courtney

 Jack Perkins

Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
3 Andre Heimgartner

 Aaren Russell

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 23 Michael Caruso

 Dean Fiore

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33
4 Shae Davies

 Chris van der Drift

Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 33 Scott McLaughlin

 David Wall

Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60
6 Cameron Waters

 Jack Le Brocq

Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 34 James Moffat

 James Golding

Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60
7 Todd Kelly

 Matt Campbell

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 55 Chaz Mostert

 Steve Owen

Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon
8 Jason Bright

 Andrew Jones

Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 88 Jamie Whincup

 Paul Dumbrell

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
9 David Reynolds

 Craig Baird

Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 96 Dale Wood

 David Russell

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33
12 Fabian Coulthard

 Luke Youlden

DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 97 Shane van Gisbergen

 Alexandre Prémat

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
14 Tim Slade

 Ashley Walsh

Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 111 Chris Pither

 Richie Stanaway

Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon
15 Rick Kelly

 Russell Ingall

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 222 Nick Percat

 Cameron McConville

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore
17 Scott Pye

 Tony D'Alberto

DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 360 Simona de Silvestro

 Renee Gracie

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33
18 Lee Holdsworth

 Karl Reindler

Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 888 Craig Lowndes

 Steven Richards

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
19 Will Davison

 Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore
Source:[6]

Entries with a grey background were wildcard entries which did not compete in the full championship season.

Practice Edit

Three one-hour practice sessions were held on the Thursday prior to the race. Practice 1 and Practice 3 were open to both regular drivers and co-drivers, while Practice 2 was for co-drivers only. The first session was contested mainly by regular drivers, with Whincup setting the fastest lap time of 2:05.9500. He had earlier caused a red flag after spinning at the final corner and getting stuck in the sand trap. Coulthard was second fastest, more than half a second behind, ahead of Slade. The car of Pye sustained damage when Pye spun at McPhillamy Park and went backwards into the tyre wall. Despite the damage, Pye was able to return to the pit lane. Courtney brushed the inside wall at Turn 13 early in the session but did not incur any significant damage. Rick Kelly and Mostert completed minimal laps, with both of their cars suffering from a vibration in the driveline.[7] Practice 2 was topped by Whincup's co-driver Dumbrell, who set a time of 2:06.8947. Walsh, Premat, Canto and Macauley Jones completed the top five. The session was red flagged with seven minutes remaining when Golding ran wide at Turn 6 and made heavy contact with the outside wall. The car suffered significant damage to the front and rear suspension on the left-hand side as well as to the transaxle. Moffat did not take part in Practice 3 as Garry Rogers Motorsport were unable to repair the damage from the crash in time. Like Practice 1, the session was contested mainly by regular drivers, with only six co-drivers completing laps during the session. Whincup set a lap time of 2:05.2946 to be fastest ahead of Coulthard and Mostert.

Two more one-hour sessions were held on Friday. Practice 4 was open only to co-drivers while all drivers were allowed to run in Practice 5. The car of Moffat and Golding returned to the circuit in Practice 4 after being repaired overnight; Golding finished the session in 14th place. Le Brocq set a time of 2:05.9547 to be fastest, with Youlden, Dumbrell, Canto and Premat completing the top five. Ingall clipped the wall at Turn 13, similar to Courtney in Practice 1, but continued without damage and finished the session in 22nd place. While co-drivers were allowed to run in Practice 5, the session was contested exclusively by regular drivers. The final part of the session was used as a simulation for qualifying session to be held later in the day. Whincup returned his car to the top of the order with a time of 2:05.1494, the fastest lap of the weekend to that point. Winterbottom was second fastest ahead of Mostert, McLaughlin and Van Gisbergen. Halfway through the session, Percat's car got loose going through the Esses, causing him to lock a brake going into the Dipper. He hit the inside wall which sent the car into a spin before it came to rest on the exit of the Dipper. Percat escaped without significant damage and was able to take part in the remainder in the session.

Practice summary
Session No. Driver Team Car Time
Thursday
Practice 1 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.9500
Practice 2 88 Paul Dumbrell Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:06.8947
Practice 3 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.2946
Friday
Practice 4 6 Jack Le Brocq Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.9547
Practice 5 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.1494
Saturday
Practice 6 55 Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.3352

Qualifying – Race 21 Edit

Qualifying for Race 20 consisted of three parts: a 40-minute qualifying session and a Top 10 Shootout. The qualifying session was held on Friday afternoon and was contested by regular championship drivers. The fastest ten drivers in the qualifying session progressed to the Top 10 Shootout, held on Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying Edit

The start of the qualifying session was delayed by ten minutes following a crash in the preceding Supercars Dunlop Seriessession which left fluid on the circuit. Whincup continued to show strong form, setting an early benchmark of 2:05.5157. His teammate Van Gisbergen set the second fastest time, with Mostert, McLaughlin and Winterbottom completing the top five, before the session was red flagged when Davies went off at the Chase and became stuck in the sand trap. As per the qualifying regulations, Davies had his fastest lap time removed and was not permitted to take part in the rest of the session. The session resumed with 25 minutes remaining and Mostert went to the top of the order with a 2:05.2067. The session was red flagged again with 20 minutes remaining, with de Silvestro getting stuck in the sand trap at the Chase. Like Davies, she had her fastest time removed and was excluded from the rest of the session.

After the resumption of the session, Mostert remained at the top of the order until Whincup set a time of 2:05.0481 with two minutes remaining, which would prove to be the fastest time of the session. McLaughlin started his final flying lap just before the end of the session and moved up to second, one tenth of a second slower than Whincup. Slade was third fastest despite encountering an electrical problem which left him without key information—such as anti-roll bar positions and brake bias—for much of the session. Mostert, Coulthard, Van Gisbergen, Winterbottom, Pye, Tander and Caruso completed the top ten and progressed through to the Top 10 Shootout along with Whincup, McLaughlin and Slade. Defending race winner Lowndes qualified in 21st position, having struggled with his car for most of practice.


Results Edit

Race 21 Edit

Qualifying Edit

Pos. No. Driver Team Car Time Gap Grid
1 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.0481 1
2 33 Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 2:05.1512 +0.1031 2
3 14 Tim Slade Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.1861 +0.1380 5
4 55 Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.2056 +0.1575 3
5 12 Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.2284 +0.1803 4
6 97 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.2350 +0.1869 7
7 1 Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.3394 +0.2913 10
8 17 Scott Pye DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.4626 +0.4145 9
9 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:05.5825 +0.5344 8
10 23 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:05.5907 +0.5426 6
11 8 Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.6666 +0.6185 11
12 111 Chris Pither Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.6806 +0.6325 12
13 6 Cameron Waters Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.7948 +0.7467 13
14 9 David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:05.8381 +0.7900 14
15 18 Lee Holdsworth Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.9417 +0.8936 15
16 22 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:05.9937 +0.9456 16
17 19 Will Davison Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore 2:05.9941 +0.9460 17
18 96 Dale Wood Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:06.0319 +0.9838 18
19 7 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:06.0573 +1.0092 19
20 15 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:06.1815 +1.1334 20
21 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:06.2289 +1.1808 21
22 222 Nick Percat Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:06.2708 +1.2227 22
23 34 James Moffat Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 2:06.2778 +1.2297 23
24 21 Tim Blanchard Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:06.4516 +1.4035 24
25 3 Andre Heimgartner Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:07.1142 +2.0661 25
26 360 Simona de Silvestro Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:09.66821a +4.6201 26
27 4 Shae Davies Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:19.38451b +14.3364 27
Source:[17]
Notes
  • ^1 — Drivers had their fastest lap time invalidated for causing a red flag.

Top 10 Shootout Edit

Pos. No. Driver Team Car Time Gap Grid
1 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:05.4263 1
2 33 Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 2:05.4915 +0.0652 2
3 55 Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.5267 +0.1005 3
4 12 Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.6726 +0.2463 4
5 14 Tim Slade Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.8568 +0.4305 5
6 23 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:05.9167 +0.4904 6
7 97 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:06.2550 +0.8287 7
8 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:06.5538 +1.1275 8
9 17 Scott Pye DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 2:06.5557 +1.1294 9
10 1 Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:08.2615 +2.8352 10
Source:[20]

Race Edit

Pos. No. Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 19 Will Davison

 Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore 161 06:19:25.3237 17 300
2 97 Shane Van Gisbergen

 Alexandre Prémat

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 161 + 0.143 s 7 276
3 222 Nick Percat

 Cameron McConville

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 161 + 2.855 s 22 258
4 6 Cameron Waters

 Jack Le Brocq

Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 161 + 3.235 s 13 240
5 17 Scott Pye

 Tony D'Alberto

DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 161 + 3.821 s 9 222
6 12 Fabian Coulthard

 Luke Youlden

DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 161 + 4.034 s 4 204
7 14 Tim Slade

 Ashley Walsh

Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 161 + 4.197 s 5 192
8 23 Michael Caruso

 Dean Fiore

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 + 6.088 s 6 180
9 96 Dale Wood

 David Russell

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 + 8.383 s 18 168
10 21 Tim Blanchard

 Macauley Jones

Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 161 + 8.859 s 24 156
11 88 Jamie Whincup

 Paul Dumbrell

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 161 + 9.721 s 1 144
12 111 Chris Pither

 Richie Stanaway

Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon 161 + 16.444 s 12 138
13 22 James Courtney

 Jack Perkins

Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 161 + 19.249 s 16 132
14 360 Simona de Silvestro

 Renee Gracie

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 159 + 2 Laps 26 126
15 33 Scott McLaughlin

 David Wall

Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 159 + 2 Laps 2 120
16 888 Craig Lowndes

 Steven Richards

Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 156 + 5 Laps 21 114
17 4 Shae Davies

 Chris van der Drift

Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 156 + 5 Laps 27 108
18 9 David Reynolds

 Craig Baird

Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 148 + 13 Laps 14 102
19 55 Chaz Mostert

 Steve Owen

Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 147 + 14 Laps 3 96
Ret 7 Todd Kelly

 Matt Campbell

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 157 Spun off 19
Ret 15 Rick Kelly

 Russell Ingall

Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 156 Accident damage 20
Ret 2 Garth Tander

 Warren Luff

Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 150 Accident damage 8
Ret 1 Mark Winterbottom

 Dean Canto

Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 132 Brakes 10
Ret 3 Andre Heimgartner

 Aaren Russell

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 114 Transaxle 25
Ret 34 James Moffat

 James Golding

Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 108 Engine 23
Ret 8 Jason Bright

 Andrew Jones

Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 89 Accident 11
Ret 18 Lee Holdsworth

 Karl Reindler

Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 2 Engine 15
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