Volvo are back at the legendary Bathurst 1000 race this weekend, 16 years after the iconic victory with the Volvo S40 Super Touring in 1998. This year Volvo Polestar Racing are aiming to be back on the podium.
”I am really excited to head to Bathurst as a Volvo factory driver. It is such a great race and I really think we have a good chance for a strong result,” said Scott McLaughlin.
The V8 Supercars drivers will fight over 1000 kilometers for victory in the legendary race which is the second of three endurance race in this year’s championship. The endurance cup started with the Sandown 500 race four weeks ago where McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Prémat fought for a podium until an incident in the pits stopped them.
”I am very excited to race at Bathurst again and with the pace of the Volvo, we will be going for a podium finish this weekend. I have driven a number of great racing circuits around the world, but Bathurst is simply amazing,” said Prémat.
Robert Dahlgren is going to race his first ever Bathurst 1000 and is confident that the circuit will suit the Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC.
”We made strong progress at Sandown and I am optimistic ahead of Bathurst. It will be a good circuit for the Volvo. It is a fast and flowing circuit, something suiting our car really well. I am really looking forward to this weekend, this is one of those races in the world that you have to do at least once in your life,” said Dahlgren.
Greg Ritter provides the experience as co-driver to Dahlgren, completing his 16th Bathurst 1000 race this year.
“I look forward to heading to Bathurst each year, having driven for Garry for the last nine years. I am especially looking forward to the race this year with the pace of Volvos this season,” said Ritter.
The Mount Panorama, Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst features a technically challenging 6 kilometer lap with a mix of fast and slow corners, including a total height difference of 174 meters.
The 2014 Bathurst 1000 race weekend kicks off with practice sessions on Thursday, followed by qualifying on Friday and Saturday. The race starts 10:30 local time on Saturday which includes pitstops for tyre change, refueling, service and mandatory driver changes.
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007
(Times in UTC +10H)
11:05 Practice 1 (50 min)
13:15 Practice 2 (45 min)
15:10 Practice 3 (50 min)
09:30 Practice 4 (45 min)
13:10 Practice 5 (50 min)
15:00 Qualifying (40 min)
10:20 Practice 6 (50 min)
17:10 Top 10 Shootout (45 min)
07:50 Warm Up (20 min)
10:30 Race 29 (161 laps)
Championship positions – Top 10
1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore 2325 points
2 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 2052 (-273)
3 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2046 (-279)
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore 1982 (-343)
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore 1964 (-361)
6 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1856 (-469)
7 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 1694 (-631)
8 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1677 (-648)
9 Garth Tander Holden Commodore 1662 (-663)
10 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1402 (-923)
25 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 663 (-1662)