The Bathurst 1000, which is held on Mount Panorama is the biggest motorsports event in Australia and is known amongst fans, drivers and the media as The Great Race. As the name suggests, the race is a 1000 kilometre journey consisting of 161 laps of the famous Mount Panorama circuit. Since 2006, the winning drivers have been awarded the Peter Brock Trophy, to commemorate the event’s greatest hero who passed away in 2006. Brock won the award on nine occasions; more than anyone else in the event’s 56-year history.
This year UBET has a variety of betting options including the race winner, top three, top six, winning margin and number of cars to finish the race. One of the leading contenders, Jamie Whincup, has registered 100 career wins with four of those coming in Bathurst in 2006-2008 and 2012 and teaming up with Paul Dumbrell is a smart move considering his last win in Bathurst was with him.
Last year’s winners Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards are in a great position to repeat the 2015 performance but with drivers like Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney, Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen and Whincup in the field, this year’s race is set to be one of the closest battles in the event’s history.
Lowndes and Richards opened as the outright $4 favourite with UBET and the defending champion combination is every chance of emulating last year’s success. Lowndes is third in the Supercars Championship race and a win in Bathurst will put the Holden driver in prime position to pounce on leading rivals Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup.
This season’s Championship leader can almost certainly bank on a series success with victory in The Great Race. Van Gisbergen has never won a Bathurst race before but UBET customers fancy his chances after he opened at $5 behind Lowndes and Richards. Premat is no chance of winning the Series but he’ll be comfortable knowing he’s a good shot of winning his maiden Bathurst 1000 race.
Jamie Whincup recently notched up the 100th win of his legendary racing career and the Victorian stalwart has four career Bathurst victories including a run of three straight between 2006 and 2008. In his last success (2012) on the mountain, 33-year-old Whincup partnered with Paul Dumbrell and the equal second favourites will be hoping for similar success this time around.
Little-known outside of racing circles, both Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen are given a pretty good shot of winning the Bathurst crown in 2016. The duo opened as a $10 chance with UBET but most punters seem to be steering clear in the lead-up to The Great Race. Neither driver is considered a great chance of winning the Supercars Championship with Mostert seventh and Owen 31st.
Garth Tander is one of the veterans still racing on the circuit and his partnership with fellow Holden Racing Team member Warren Luff makes sense. Tander has been racing in Bathurst since 1998 and the 39-year-old has won the event on three occasions, with his last success coming in 2011. Tander and Luff have teamed up the last two years, finishing in third position in 2015.
Ford’s pin-up boy Mark Winterbottom is the manufacturer’s best chance of winning the 2016 Bathurst 1000 and much will depend on how fellow driver Dean Canto performs on the day. Winterbottom, on his day, is one of the best drivers on the circuit and this was never illustrated more clearly than when he won the 2013 Bathurst crown alongside Steven Richards.
James Courtney and Jack Perkins will team-up for the first time in this year’s event and both will be out to break their Bathurst duck as neither of them have finished first. Perkins’ best return was in 2008 and 2013 when he finished eighth while Courtney has fared marginally better with a third place finish in 2006 and 2008. Courtney and Perkins are no chance of winning the Supercars series.