A 1000km race will always bring a fair chunk of drama in its own right but at Bathurst the weather often plays the final card so watch the forecast carefully. So far, Thursday and Saturday look good, partly cloudy and 21C…Friday and Sunday partly cloudy with showers…..so it could be a little damp!!
We all know by now that this is a Ford vs Holden (GM) scrap….. and yes Nissan is in the picture as well but as things are at present the top Ford/Holden bunch seem to keep the Orientals at bay….. Although I must say that the Altimas have a really crisp sounding package and hope they get a few cars into the top ten. Having been to the mountain to experience the event, I can equate the feeling of expectation and yes..wound-up excitement… to that which existed with our very own 9 hour and 1000Km racing so many years ago.
Who will take it this year? I do not know.. but I will have a crack at it and say Scott McLaughlin and Alex Prȇmat…and that because I think Scott deserves it..very young, no ego, just a good bloke and very quick. As an outside call, the old fox Craig Lowndes could pull the rabbit out of the hat…he is due one.
A Closing Note
I Came in for some stick this week from a few local motorhsport friends giving me daggers for being so supportive of Aus Supercars and not putting more effort into scribing on local stuff. So let me make this absolutely clear from the get-go. I have the greatest empathy for those involved in SA motorsport. For a group of people who have been involved through the good times where our set-up was as good as the best in the world, to see the difficulties being experienced now particularly in saloon car racing, is heart breaking. I am not an administrator nor race organiser and I wish those involved in trying to get things back on track (pun intended) the very best. I will help in whatever small way I can…… In the meantime we can enjoy good racing from a smorgasbord of what is available worldwide…..and for me the Supercar series is currently number one on my list….why not!?
For those interested in serious racing, this is the ticket, so get on to Superview at www.supercars.com/superview/ pay your R400 odd bucks and you have not only Bathurst but the whole 2017 season at your fingertips…. Best money I have spent so far this year.