Fri, Oct 6, 8:15am by Staff Writer
The Bathurst 1000 is one of the highlights of the Australian sporting calendar and this year’s race promises to be just as exciting as the first.
Sunday’s 1000km race from Mount Panorama will start at 11.10AM AEDST and feature 26 teams.
The favourites for this year’s race are the duo of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
After a four-year drought at Bathurst, Whincup is poised to claim his fifth Peter Brock trophy. The Whincup/Dumbrell duo are favourites at $4.20 with Sportsbet and will be racing in car 88.
The biggest challenger to Whincup and Dumbrell are the pairing of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat from the DJR Team Penske racing team.
Posing exceptional speed throughout this year, McLaughlin’s pace in the last part of the race could be what separates this team from Whincup and Dumbrell.
Although an endurance race, in a car-for-car speed match up over the closing stages of the race, McLaughlin would certainly have the advantage over Whincup.
The ever-reliable Will Davison returns to Bathurst again, without any spectacular racing results during this years V8 Supercars, but does possess veteran experience when it comes to negotiating Mount Panorama.
This year, Davison pairs with Jonathon Webb and despite no top ten finishes for over a month, at $34 the Tekno Autsosports Holden could be an outsider to keep an eye on.
After 61 laps of the 6.123km circuit and over 6.5 hours, the winner of the 57th Bathurst 1000 will be crowned on Sunday evening.
In an endurance race such as Bathurst, Whincup/Dumbrell have the edge over the quicker McLaughlin/Premat combination, although at Bathurst, anything can happen.
Suggested Bet: Take Whincup/Dumbrell to win: $4.20
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