|2017 Supercheap Auto
The 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was a motor racing event for the Supercars Championship, held from October 5 to 8 2017 at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, and consisted of a 1000 kilometre race. It was the eleventh event of fourteen in the 2017 Supercars Championship and was Race 20 of the season. It was also the second event of the 2017 Enduro Cup.
The event was the 60th 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 marked the 57th time that the race was held at Mount Panorama. It was the 21st 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 was the 19th time the race had been held as part of the Supercars Championship and the fifth time it formed part of the Enduro Cup. The defending winners of the race were Will Davison and Jonathon Webb.
Scott McLaughlin entered the event as the championship leader, 84 points clear of Triple Eight Race Engineering's Jamie Whincup. McLaughlin's DJR Team Penske team-mate Fabian Coulthard was third in the points standings, 161 behind McLaughlin. In the Teams' Championship, DJR Team Penske held a 372-point lead over Triple Eight. In the Enduro Cup standings, Prodrive Racing Australia team-mates Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway led the pairing of McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat by 24 points.
Twenty-six cars were entered in the event. It was the first time since 2008 that no additional "Wildcard" entries had been received for the race. The race would see the Bathurst 1000 debut of four drivers - Super2 drivers Todd Hazelwood, Richard Muscat and Garry Jacobson and main-game debutant Alex Rullo. Rullo (at 17 years, 4 months and 23 days) would become the third youngest Bathurst 1000 starter after Cameron Waters (17 years, 2 months and 6 days in 2011) and Paul Dumbrell (17 years, 2 months and 14 days in 1999).
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 saw Mostert set the fastest lap time of 2:06.3033. Lowndes was second fastest, six hundredths behind while Todd Kelly was sixteen hundredths further back. Tim Slade caused a red flag as a result of losing control in the Esses before heavily impacting the wall on the entry to the Dipper. The session was halted again with nineteen minutes remaining after Alex Rullo stopped on Conrod Straight having found the wall at Forrest's Elbow.
|Practice 1||55||Chaz Mostert||Rod Nash Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||2:06.3032|
|Practice 2||5||Dean Canto||Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford FG X Falcon||2:06.3268|
|Practice 3||9||David Reynolds||Erebus Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||2:05.0931|
|Practice 4||5||Dean Canto||Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford FG X Falcon||2:05.3368|
|Practice 5||17||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske||Ford FG X Falcon||2:04.1470|
|Practice 6||9||David Reynolds||Erebus Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||2:04.9948|
|Warm-Up||18||Lee Holdsworth||Team 18||Holden VF Commodore||2:06.3375|
Top 10 Shootout
|1||17||Scott McLaughlin||DJR Team Penske||Ford FG X Falcon||2:03.8312||1|
|2||9||David Reynolds||Erebus Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||2:04.2746||+0.4434||2|
|3||5||Mark Winterbottom||Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford FG X Falcon||2:04.4988||+0.6676||3|
|4||55||Chaz Mostert||Rod Nash Racing||Ford FG X Falcon||2:04.5875||+0.7563||4|
|5||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Holden VF Commodore||2:04.6688||+0.8376||5|
|6||6||Cameron Waters||Prodrive Racing Australia||Ford FG X Falcon||2:04.6802||+0.8490||6|
|7||12||Fabian Coulthard||DJR Team Penske||Ford FG X Falcon||2:04.9693||+1.1381||7|
|8||56||Jason Bright||Britek Motorsport||Ford FG X Falcon||2:05.2277||+1.3965||8|
|9||33||Garth Tander||Garry Rogers Motorsport||Holden VF Commodore||2:05.3261||+1.4949||9|
|10||22||James Courtney||Walkinshaw Racing||Holden VF Commodore||2:05.4890||+1.6578||10|
Standings after the event
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- David Reynolds is recognised as holding the official lap record for Supercars as his time of 2:06.2769 was set during a race.
- "Coates Hire Leaderboard". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "Race 19". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "Bathurst 1000: BIG4 Holiday Parks to sponsor Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore's No. 23 Nissan". Fox Sports. 2 October 2017.
- "Percat/Jones get Boost backing for Bathurst". Supercars Championship. 3 October 2017.
- Howard, Tom (5 October 2017). "Mostert fastest as Slade, Rullo crash in Practice 1". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- "Slade crashes out of opening practice". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- "Practice 1". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
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- "Practice 3". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
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- "Practice 5". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "Practice 6". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "Warm up". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "ARMOR ALL Qualifying". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "Race 20 - Supercars". Supercars.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
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