F1 » Button's historic Bathurst run

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March 25, 2011 11:04 PM


I'm with you - I had goosebumps watching this, and the obvious kick that both Button and Lowndes got from this reminds me of why we all love this sport!

(to clarify, I've never raced cars, but I do race bikes at club level and am a track-day junkie - the concentration needed to do things, even at my meagre level, is cathartic and borderline meditative. I feel refreshed each time, and can't stop chattering like a loon to anyone who stands still long enough :) )

new f1fan - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 2:53 PM

Commodore,i live in England and have never seen the V8's on anything over here but i will have a look and see if i can find it somewhere,if i do i will let you know what i think.


March 24, 2011 1:49 PM
Last Edited 1786 days ago

Yeah I have been to Melbourne many times.

It is a great event on a good circuit.

The support categories such as the V8s are wide
and varied.This year they are putting up a prize packet of AUD$500,000 for the V8s which is for the overall winner plus the usual sanction fee.

I suppose with any T.V. viewing it does not do justice
to any event.

It all started to-day. Jean Todt has been down here for two weeks and will not be leaving until Monday. He visited the V8 event (Clipsal) in Adelaide which attracted a capacity crowd of 190,000 last weekend and stated he liked the way us Australians do our stuff. I Don't know where you are from but you should be receiving T.V coverage of the V8s as it goes worlwide. If you get a chance have a look.They are a good category and have just been re-classified by the FIA as the "International V8 Car Series" due to the flyaway events.

new f1fan - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 12:44 PM

Commodore,interesting that Jean Todt was there,maybe the FIA are considering it as a future F1 track,i do hope so,and it is nice and local for you.Is that the nearest you have ever been to an F1 car before,or have you managed to get to Melbourne before to watch the GP?


March 24, 2011 12:33 PM

(Sorry Mate)


incuding McLaren who spent 3 days at the circuit prior.

I reckon this has opened a lot of eyes. Whether it is seriously considered remains to be seen. We have Melbourne to concentrate on at the moment and once this is concluded who knows.

The original option was to to build a permanent circuit in the Melbourne region to accomodate F1 and take it off the Melbourne streets


March 24, 2011 12:22 PM
Last Edited 1786 days ago

No not at all. I think the local community would welcome F1 as it does the V8s and other events.

The Supercheap 1,000 is welcomed with spectators in the region of 200,000. It is a win/win situation for all.On the Supercheap weekend camping facilities are made available however for those that want comfort in lieu of atmosphere accomodation can be up to 100 KLM away. I travel from home which is 200 Ks or about 1 3/4 hrs'.

As I reflected on before and so did Monster it is the nature of the circuit that detracts F1. The gradient is steep and one point through the esses portion is 1 to 3 on the downhill portion. To amend that portion of the circuit would extract the DNA.Even on Tuesday McLaren had the set up high and the car was still hitting bottom on various sections
In saying that I think a lot of people are now giving the idea serious thought. What the video did not show was Jean Todt who was present. Nobody honestly thought a modern F1 could circulate tThe Mount at such pace includin

new f1fan - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 11:42 AM

Commodore,reading by what you have just said is there not much hope then that it could be a future f1 track because the residents and council would not allow it to be open for 3 days in a row for an f1 weekend?


March 24, 2011 10:51 AM

It was promoted on Speedcafe and the official V8 Supercar site but not well.

Vodaphone/McLaren/888 did not think it would have so much appeal and Bathurst City Council was being taken into consideration by keeping the crowd down to please the residents.

This event was granted on stipulation by the residents and council.

Remember The Mount is a public road and is granted 5 events per annum. This event was excluded from that 5.

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