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Repco Supercars Championship / Re: SVG Future
« on: November 07, 2022, 08:32:33 AM »
SVG is hardly "stuck in Supercars". While not "being groomed for another category", in the past year or two he's competed in a Ferrari and a McLaren at Sebring, Daytona, Spa and Le Mans and recently been rallying competitively. He also may not want to take up any full-time career overseas and might choose to stay here. Much like those before him (Brock, Johnson, Moffat and others who reached the top here and raced overseas but chose not to chase a racing career OS), he could well stay here. If anything, he seems more likely to go rallying, but who knows? I doubt that he does right now. Scott McLaughlin has made Indycars more interesting for many of us, and if Shane did take up a career in any international category, he would do the same, however, it looks like he'll be here for Gen3 next year at least with some rallying when time allows. I doubt that he'd go to Indycars or even NASCAR, and by May next year at age 34 , it'll probably be too late to start a new career. Mostert, Waters, Davison and the rest may have to put up with him for a while yet.   

His age may play a role ??? his skill is not questionable, but what doors are open OS?? and we all now its also about backing what can he bring?

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2023
« on: November 06, 2022, 04:54:08 PM »
Whats the go here???? is it correct teams can veto a new entry??? which teams dids this ???

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: SVG Future
« on: November 06, 2022, 04:51:35 PM »
Shane wants to see if Gen 3 is boring before thinking about moving on from Supercars.

Scotty would like to see him in Indycar. I would too, I have given Indycar a bit more attention since SM entered the series.

My thoughts are he is stuck in Supercars though. Unlike McLaughlin, SVG is not being groomed for another category.  He'd have to start from the bottom and I don't think he has the mentality to do that. Shane is great when he leading with a car that can do what he wants with it. But when he knows he has no chance, he gives up. By that I mean chasing a championship, not individual races.

A lot of champion drivers are reluctant to move categories unless they can go into a front running team/car and they are rare to fnd.SM had Penske in his corner who has SVG??? Red Bull can they open any doors for him???

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: After the crash...
« on: November 05, 2022, 03:34:34 PM »
I would think if they could get back to the pits under their own steam they can be repaired but if they get trucked back thats "outside assistance" and thats against the rules I believe????

I just feel sorry for those super 2 teams that may have bought those chassis' for next year

Ford are fortunate they’re getting WAU. DJR have been hopeless at Bathurst since they got reamed for their antics in 2019 and Tickford are always a mixed bag. Atleast it’ll be a good battle next year between #97 and #25 again.

But at the end of the day the best combination won. GT is still a gun and put SVG where he needed to, to win. Congrats boys.

the top 3 were the 3 fastest of the day, as fr next year will have to see who gets their head around the Gen 3 the quickest.

I honestly think at this point they start the race at 10am so they at least have more time up their sleeves to get it finished in case of red flags

They moved the start an hour earlier as they had a forecast it was going to be wet, Lan Nina in action. daylight saving will help as well, question will be will they give them more wet tyres???? if they don't practice will be very limited then eh

In all of the years running, has Bathurst ever been postponed and run at a later date due to weather?

Not that I am aware of, brave call to do it though.

Could be a wet event rain forecast for all days

The programme is out, interesting to see Gen 3 has some decent track time every day. 8)

Anyone know what the heritage revival touring cars are?
The Group C and Group A class.

Cool looking forward to seeing them on the mountain

The programme is out, interesting to see Gen 3 has some decent track time every day. 8)

Anyone know what the heritage revival touring cars are?

The programme is out, interesting to see Gen 3 has some decent track time every day. 8)

Well the races on speedvision back in the day were condensed...
The condensed coverage we got of Supercars circa 2004-2005 albeit QUITE condensed, gave me my first look at the Bathurst 1000.  A one hour presentation of the Great Race.  The first time they went up through Griffins Bend, then the Cutting, and across the top and down, my jaw was in my lap.  I had heard about this race in the early/mid-90s when Dick Johnson came over to the States and ran a couple of NASCAR road races in the Redcote Ford but that was it until then.  Media/internet coverage was simply not there for us.  The announcers spoke of the Bathurst 1000 and its place in Australian motorsport, and I always remembered that.

So when it comes to Bathurst, THAT condensed version from the mid 2000s was the moment this Yank became hooked on Supercars.  I have since learned more and more about it, the drivers, the cars, and the series.

Yams and I may have gotten a bit off topic with our Yank banter, but I think I just may have gotten us back between the ditches for this thread.  Let us continue on, talk about Bathurst, and possibly throw some spoliers out there.   ;D

Back into the ditch...

I grew up in the (American) south with a Nascar loving dad. I discovered V8s in about 2005 on Speedvision. I used to drive home from work on my lunch break just to watch you crazy Aussies race on TV because mid-week and mid-day was when it was broadcast here.

I would tell people " you gotta watch, those f'ers will take each other out racing for 23rd place on lap 1 of a 161 lap race".

By contrast, the Nascar equivalent of Bathurst is the Daytona 500.  For any of you who have never seen it, it was 459 miles of follow the leader and one lap of racing. At least it was that way the last time I saw it 30 years ago.

Back on topic...

Will it rain this year? Bathurst is always better in the rain.

Well its raining today  ;D

long range forecast says no but bit too early to say for sure, something usually happens in the last 30 laps to spice it up

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