Kiwi driver Fabian Coulthard is ready for the 2015 Bathurst 1000 which gets underway this weekend at the Mount Panarama circuit, in Australia.
So far in his V8 Supercar career, Coulthard has had 11 starts in the great race with two top ten finishes. He has qualified three times in the Top Ten Shootout (2008,2012 and 2014) and last year broke the V8 qualifying record with a time of 2m05.6080s
Mount Panorama Circuit is a motor racing track located in Bathurst, New South Wales. It is the home of the Bathurst 1000 motor race, held each October. The track is 6.213 kilometres long, and is technically a street circuit, as the Mountain is home to a number of residents.
The track is a very unusual design by modern standards, with a 174 metre vertical difference between its highest and lowest points, and grades as steep as 1:6.13. From the start-finish line, the track can be viewed in three sections; the short pit straight and then a tight left turn into the long, steep Mountain straight; the tight, narrow section across the top of the mountain itself; and then the long, downhill section of Conrod Straight, with the very fast Chase and the turn back onto pit straight to complete the lap.
Originally constructed in 1938 as a scenic tourist drive, Mount Panorama has hosted all types of motorsport including the world famous Bathurst 1000, the annual 12 hour GT race, 24 hour endurance races and the Easter motorcycle meetings. It remains one of the all-time favourite circuits of V8 Supercar drivers and is ranked among the great racetracks in the world. From 2006 onwards the race winners have been awarded the Peter Brock Trophy in honour of the nine-time Bathurst winner.
As a public road, on non-race days Mount Panorama is open to the public. Cars can drive in both directions around the circuit for no charge. However, a strict speed limit of 60km/h is enforced, and police regularly patrol the circuit.
Thursday 8th October
11:15-12:00 – Practice One
13:20-14:05 – Practice Two (Co-Drivers)
15:20-16:05 – Practice Three
Friday 9th October
9:10-9:55 – Practice Four (Co-Drivers)
11:40-12:25 – Practice Five
15:50-16:30 – Qualifying
Saturday 10th October
10:15-11:00 – Practice Six
17:10-17:55 – Top Ten Shootout
Sunday 11th October
8:25-8:45 – Warm-Up
11:00-18:00 – The Bathurst 1000 – 161 Laps