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    The 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was a motor racing event for Supercars, held on the weekend of 4–7 October 2018. It was staged at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia and featured of a 1000 kilometre race. The event was the thirteenth of sixteen in the 2018 Supercars Championship and incorporated Race 25 of the series. It was also the second event of the 2018 Enduro Cup.[1]

    The race was won by Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards driving a Holden Commodore ZB for Triple Eight Race Engineering.[2][3]

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    Background

    The event was the 61st 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 58th time that the race was held at Mount Panorama. It was the 22nd 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 20th time the race had been held as part of the Supercars Championship and the sixth time it formed part of the Enduro Cup. The defending winners of the race were David Reynolds and Luke Youlden.

    Shane van Gisbergen entered the event as the championship leader, 55 points clear of DJR Team Penske's Scott McLaughlin. Van Gisbergen's Triple Eight Race Engineering team-mate Jamie Whincup was third in the points standings, 338 points from the lead. In the Teams' Championship, Triple Eight held a 656-point lead over DJR Team Penske.[4] In the Enduro Cup standings, Triple Eight team-mates Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell led the pairing of Van Gisbergen and Earl Bamber by 24 points.[5]

    Entry list

    Twenty-six cars were entered in the event. As in 2017, there were no additional "Wildcard" entries entered in the race. Four drivers would make their first start in the Bathurst 1000 - two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber, Super2 drivers Will Brown and Bryce Fullwood, and 'main-gamer' Anton de Pasquale. Teams Matt Stone Racing and 23Red Racing would also make their debuts in 'the Great Race', however the former contained many crew members from the former Stone Brothers Racing outfit and the latter was a continuation of Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport under new owners. It was the last start in the Bathurst 1000 for Paul Dumbrell and Jason Bright.

    No. Drivers Team (Sponsor) Car No. Drivers Team Car
    1 Australia Jamie Whincup
    Australia Paul Dumbrell
    Triple Eight Race Engineering
    (Red Bull, Holden)
    Holden Commodore ZB 21 Australia Tim Blanchard
    Australia Dale Wood
    Tim Blanchard Racing
    (CoolDrive)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    2 Australia Scott Pye
    Australia Warren Luff
    Walkinshaw Andretti United
    (Mobil 1, Boost Mobile)
    Holden Commodore ZB 23 Australia Michael Caruso
    Australia Dean Fiore
    Nissan Motorsport
    (Industrial Athlete)
    Nissan Altima L33
    5 Australia Mark Winterbottom
    Australia Dean Canto
    Tickford Racing
    (Bottle-O)
    Ford Falcon FG X 25 Australia James Courtney
    Australia Jack Perkins
    Walkinshaw Andretti United
    (Mobil 1, Boost Mobile)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    6 Australia Cameron Waters
    Australia David Russell
    Tickford Racing
    (Monster Energy)
    Ford Falcon FG X 33 Australia Garth Tander
    New Zealand Chris Pither
    Garry Rogers Motorsport
    (Wilson Security)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
    Australia Aaren Russell
    Nissan Motorsport
    (Castrol, Plus Fitness)
    Nissan Altima L33 34 Australia James Golding
    Australia Richard Muscat
    Garry Rogers Motorsport
    (Wilson Security)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    8 Australia Nick Percat
    Australia Macauley Jones
    Brad Jones Racing
    (Repco)
    Holden Commodore ZB 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood
    Australia Bryce Fullwood
    Matt Stone Racing
    (Bigmate GPS)
    Holden Commodore VF
    9 Australia David Reynolds
    Australia Luke Youlden
    Erebus Motorsport
    (Penrite)
    Holden Commodore ZB 55 Australia Chaz Mostert
    Australia James Moffat
    Tickford Racing
    (Supercheap Auto)
    Ford Falcon FG X
    11 Australia Rick Kelly
    Australia Garry Jacobson
    Nissan Motorsport
    (Castrol)
    Nissan Altima L33 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway
    Australia Steve Owen
    Tickford Racing
    (Rabble Club)
    Ford Falcon FG X
    12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
    Australia Tony D'Alberto
    DJR Team Penske
    (Shell)
    Ford Falcon FG X 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
    Australia Alex Rullo
    Nissan Motorsport}
    (Harvey Norman)
    Nissan Altima L33
    14 Australia Tim Slade
    Australia Ashley Walsh
    Brad Jones Racing
    (Freightliner)
    Holden Commodore ZB 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
    New Zealand Earl Bamber
    Triple Eight Race Engineering
    (Red Bull, Holden)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
    France Alexandre Prémat
    DJR Team Penske
    (Shell)
    Ford Falcon FG X 99 Australia Anton de Pasquale
    Australia Will Brown
    Erebus Motorsport
    (Penrite)
    Holden Commodore ZB
    18 Australia Lee Holdsworth
    Australia Jason Bright
    Team 18
    (Preston Hire)
    Holden Commodore ZB 230 Australia Will Davison
    Australia Alex Davison
    23Red Racing
    (Milwaukee Tools)
    Ford Falcon FG X
    19 Australia Jack Le Brocq
    Australia Jonathon Webb
    Tekno Autosports
    (Truck Assist)
    Holden Commodore ZB 888 Australia Craig Lowndes
    New Zealand Steven Richards
    Triple Eight Race Engineering
    (Autobarn)
    Holden Commodore ZB

    Results

    Practice

    Practice summary
    Session Day Fastest lap
    No. Driver Team Car Time Cond.
    Practice 1 Thursday 230 Australia Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:25.0243 Wet
    Practice 2 Thursday 17 France Alexandre Prémat DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 2:35.1824 Wet
    Practice 3 Thursday 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:29.0174 Wet
    Practice 4 Friday 9 Australia Luke Youlden Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.6470 Drying
    Practice 5 Friday 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:26.2236 Wet
    Practice 6 Saturday 9 Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.4072 Dry
    Warm-Up Sunday 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.9633 Dry
    Sources:[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

    Qualifying

    Pos. No. Driver Team Car Time Gap Grid
    1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.1093 Top 10
    2 9 Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.2647 +0.1555 Top 10
    3 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.2861 +0.1769 Top 10
    4 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.3818 +0.2725 Top 10
    5 25 Australia James Courtney Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.4759 +0.3666 Top 10
    6 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.5702 +0.4609 Top 10
    7 6 Australia Cameron Waters Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.5794 +0.4701 Top 10
    8 8 Australia Nick Percat Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.6380 +0.5288 Top 10
    9 99 Australia Anton de Pasquale Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.6942 +0.5849 Top 10
    10 33 Australia Garth Tander Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.8567 +0.7474 Top 10
    11 55 Australia Chaz Mostert Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.9133 +0.8040 11
    12 34 Australia James Golding Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.9719 +0.8627 12
    13 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:05.0357 +0.9265 13
    14 11 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:05.0644 +0.9552 14
    15 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 2:05.1789 +1.0696 15
    16 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:05.3195 +1.2102 16
    17 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:05.4607 +1.3514 17
    18 2 Australia Scott Pye Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.4655 +1.3562 18
    19 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:05.5106 +1.4013 19
    20 14 Australia Tim Slade Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.5656 +1.4563 20
    21 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.7075 +1.5982 21
    22 21 Australia Tim Blanchard Tim Blanchard Racing Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.8433 +1.7340 22
    23 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore VF 2:06.0375 +1.9283 23
    24 230 Australia Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:06.0429 +1.9336 24
    25 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore ZB 2:06.1324 +2.0232 25
    26 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:06.4374 +2.3281 26
    Source:[13]

    Top 10 Shootout

    Pos. No. Driver Team Car Time Gap Grid
    1 9 Australia David Reynolds Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.0589 1
    2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.0683 +0.0094 2
    3 99 Australia Anton de Pasquale Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.3498 +0.2909 3
    4 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.5385 +0.4796 4
    5 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.5494 +0.4905 5
    6 6 Australia Cameron Waters Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 2:04.7517 +0.6928 6
    7 8 Australia Nick Percat Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB 2:04.7673 +0.7084 7
    8 25 Australia James Courtney Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.0034 +0.9445 8
    9 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.0835 +1.0246 9
    10 33 Australia Garth Tander Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 2:05.1717 +1.1128 10
    Source:[14]

    Race

    Pos. No. Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes
    New Zealand Steven Richards
    Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:01:44.8637 9 300
    2 2 Australia Scott Pye
    Australia Warren Luff
    Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB 161 +6.292 18 276
    3 17 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin
    France Alexandre Prémat
    DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 161 +9.408 5 258
    4 55 Australia Chaz Mostert
    Australia James Moffat
    Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 161 +10.253 11 240
    5 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
    New Zealand Earl Bamber
    Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 161 +27.421 4 222
    6 33 Australia Garth Tander
    New Zealand Chris Pither
    Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 161 +30.010 10 204
    7 8 Australia Nick Percat
    Australia Macauley Jones
    Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB 161 +36.542 7 192
    8 34 Australia James Golding
    Australia Richard Muscat
    Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 161 +37.233 12 180
    9 12 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
    Australia Tony D'Alberto
    DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X 161 +47.112 15 168
    10 1 Australia Jamie Whincup
    Australia Paul Dumbrell
    Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Commodore ZB 161 +56.433 2 156
    11 11 Australia Rick Kelly
    Australia Garry Jacobson
    Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +1:19.074 14 144
    12 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom
    Australia Dean Canto
    Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 161 +1:35.009 19 138
    13 9 Australia David Reynolds
    Australia Luke Youlden
    Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 161 +1:39.105 1 132
    14 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
    Australia Alex Rullo
    Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +1:47.776 26 126
    15 19 Australia Jack Le Brocq
    Australia Jonathon Webb
    Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore ZB 161 +1:52.397 25 120
    16 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
    Australia Aaren Russell
    Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +1:54.823 13 114
    17 14 Australia Tim Slade
    Australia Ashley Walsh
    Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore ZB 160 +1 lap 20 108
    18 21 Australia Tim Blanchard
    Australia Dale Wood
    Tim Blanchard Racing Holden Commodore ZB 159 +2 laps 22 102
    19 230 Australia Will Davison
    Australia Alex Davison
    23Red Racing Ford Falcon FG X 159 +2 laps 24 96
    20 35 Australia Todd Hazelwood
    Australia Bryce Fullwood
    Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore VF 159 +2 laps 23 90
    21 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth
    Australia Jason Bright
    Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB 157 +4 laps 21 84
    22 56 New Zealand Richie Stanaway
    Australia Steve Owen
    Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 152 +9 laps 17 78
    23 6 Australia Cameron Waters
    Australia David Russell
    Tickford Racing Ford Falcon FG X 148 +13 laps 6 72
    24 99 Australia Anton de Pasquale
    Australia Will Brown
    Erebus Motorsport Holden Commodore ZB 143 +18 laps 3 66
    NC 23 Australia Michael Caruso
    Australia Dean Fiore
    Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 69 Accident 16
    NC 25 Australia James Courtney
    Australia Jack Perkins
    Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB 33 Mechanical 8
    Source:[15]

    Championship standings after Race 25

    • Note: Only the top five positions are included for three sets of standings.

    References

    1. ^ "Supercars reveals 16 event 2018 calendar". speedcafe.com. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
    2. ^ "2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Results, www.supercars.com, as archived at web.archive.org". Archived from the original on 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
    3. ^ 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, racing.natsoft.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
    4. ^ "2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Points". Supercars.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
    5. ^ "Race 24: RABBLE.club Sandown 500 Results". Supercars.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
    6. ^ "Practice 1". Supercars.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
    7. ^ "Practice 2". Supercars.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
    8. ^ "Practice 3". Supercars.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
    9. ^ "Practice 4". Supercars.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
    10. ^ "Practice 5". Supercars.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
    11. ^ "Practice 6". Supercars.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
    12. ^ "Warm-Up". Supercars.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
    13. ^ "Qualifying". Supercars.com. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
    14. ^ "Top 10 Shootout". Supercars.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
    15. ^ "Race 25". Supercars.com. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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