Mount Panorama. The Great Race. The Bathurst 1000. On the Australian Supercar circuit, the track has developed a near-mythic quality with corners such as ‘The Dipper’ and ‘Hell Corner’ earning a reputation as some of the hardest that drivers face all year. If you want to catch all of the action this weekend, here’s how to do it.
Where Is The Bathurst 1000?
The Bathurst 1000 is held in Bathurst, New South Wales on the Mount Panorama Circuit. It has been held, in one form or another, since 1960.
Update: The article below relates to the 2017 Bathurst 1000. Information on the 2019 race can be found here.
When Is The Bathurst 1000?
The 161 lap race that is the marquee event of the weekend occurs on Sunday, October 8 at 11:10am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
Here’s the times in all Australian capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 8:10am
- Darwin, NT: 9:40am
- Brisbane, QLD: 10:10am
- Adelaide, SA: 10:40am
- Sydney, NSW: 11:10am
- Canberra, ACT: 11:10am
- Melbourne, VIC: 11:10am
- Hobart, TAS: 11:10am
However, if you are looking to catch all the Supercar action, there are several practice sessions and a qualifying session on Friday, October 6. Qualifying takes place at 3:50pm AEDT.
On Saturday, October 7, there is a practice session at 10:10am AEDT before the Top Ten Shootout, which takes place at 5:10pm AEDT.
The full schedule is available here.
Where Can I Watch The Bathurst 1000?
If you’re in Australia, you’ve got a couple of options – the most obvious would be to catch it on free to air TV, with Channel Ten broadcasting all the action from Friday to Sunday. Unfortunately, if you were looking to stream it online, via the tenplay app, this will not be possible for any of the Bathurst coverage.
Fox Sports channel 506, on Foxtel, will be covering all the days events from October 5 to October 8, starting as early as 7:15am AEDT each day.
However, if you’re without a TV and want to stream the race, your next best bet is to use Foxtel Now.
If you haven’t signed up for Foxtel Now, you can activate a two week trial for free. To get access to the Bathurst 1000, you will need to buy one of the base packages for $15 and then add the $29 sports package on top. Just remember to cancel your subscription before the two weeks is up or you’ll be slugged $44.
If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, you may need to invest in Superview, which is the streaming subscription offered by the Supercar championship. This gives you livestreaming access to every race of the Supercar season, not just Bathurst, but it will set you back approximately $39.95AUD.
This is not available to Australian or New Zealand subscribers and even using a VPN, this is not worth the price unless you’re looking to watch every race in the season and aren’t a fan of a Foxtel.
If you’re an Australian abroad, have access to a VPN and own an Australian credit card, you should be able to sign up to the Foxtel Now for free elsewhere in the world – meaning you get your two week trial and don’t have to pay anything (as long as you unsubscribe from the trial before the two weeks ends). If you need help finding a VPN, just head here.
You can also sign up for Motor Trend On Demand, a live streaming and on demand content service specifically for automotive events. Currently, they offer a 14 day free trial period. As with Foxtel Now, if you unsubscribe from the service before the 14 days is up, then you won’t have to pay a cent, otherwise you are looking at a charge of $5.99USD (~$7.71AUD). You can use PayPal or a Credit Card. If you are in Australia, you can still use this service, but you will have to access it through a VPN.
In my opinion, it’s always a good idea to keep one eye firmly planted on the Reddit group for the V8 Supercars. They will also direct you to broadcast feeds of race control and potentially other streams that become available on free streaming sites, in addition to having an IRC that discusses the race.
To load the stream link into VLC, open VLC, click on ‘Media’ in the toolbar, then ‘Open Network Stream’ and paste the link in the dialog box. Be wary, these streams may buffer frequently, depending on their origin.
Where Can I Get Tickets To The Bathurst 1000?
Ticketek is the official provider of tickets to the Bathurst 1000. If you are looking to go to the event and trek up the mountain, then you will need to click here to purchase.