Bathurst Support Bill Building
The race is officially on to find support categories for the 2020 Bathurst 1000. Here's the wrap so far.
The 2020 Supercars season has been a rather strange one. With a condensed calendar it means that the "King of the mountain" will be crowned alongside the 2020 champion. But with it now confirmed the race has been pushed back one week to the 15th of October. This gives organizers more time to decide which categories will be on the undercard.
Super 2 Round Back On
On Friday the 11th of September it was confirmed that the proposed round consisting of Super 2 & Super 3 drivers was cancelled due to a few Victorian teams not wanting to quarantine in New South Wales. That lead to numerous teams wanting Supercars to reconsider they're decision and just last Thursday that the round was confirmed to be back on with a sufficient number of entries. It's currently unknown which format the series will use, but it is rumored to be 2 sprint races instead of the normal 250km mini enduro that takes place every year. This will only Super 2's third round in the current season with it being understood that later round, separate from Supercars will take place.
Aussie Tin Tops Rising in Popularity
With national motorsport at a standstill, Supercars had to think quickly in order to gather some grassroots support categories. This introduced the Townsville Tin Tops, which consisted of pretty much anything with a roof, from GT3's to Porsche cup cars to Toyota 86's. It debuted on the first event at the Reid Park Circuit, with huge success. It then was given the name "Aussie Tin Tops" as they were on the Bend Supersprint support bill that just happened this weekend. It was confirmed on Friday afternoon that they would return for a third round with a huge grid at Bathurst. Currently the unofficial championship leader is Harrison Jones, 14 points ahead of Ryan Suhle.
Australian GT Possibly?
The Australian GT Championship organizers have pretty much confirmed that the season isn't really going to matter anymore. They've only completed on round as part of the Bathurst 12 Hour in February, and with the Motorsport Australia not wanting to go racing any time soon it's meant that many drivers can't do much running in 2020. Luckily there has been lots of interest in a possible non championship round with GT3,4 and production cars. The decision has reportedly already been made on Friday afternoon and is just waiting for an announcement. Though eyes are looking heavily on Victoria and Queensland. If the borders ease, then that could see a grid of about 30 cars. but only time will tell with an announcement probably due sometime next week
Toyota 86's Looking To Get Back on Track
The Toyota Gazoo 86 Racing Series never actually got underway in 2020, but they still have hopes to get a handful of non-championship rounds out of the way to blow off the cobwebs ahead of a hopefully normal 2021 season. The idea is to run 4 non points paying races throughout the four day event.
Taking It Old School
There are also rumors to go old school and run the Group N Historic Touring Cars, which run every year as part of the Bathurst 12 Hour support card. This would essentially be a replacement for the Touring Car Masters, which weren't running at Bathurst this year anyway.
Overall the only confirmed supports are the Super 2 series and Aussie Tin Tops. Of course anything else stated in this article was just speculation. But the anticipation is building for this years "great race", and any other support series need to be sorted out rather soon.
The 2020 Bathurst 1000 will take place on the 15-18 of October.