2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

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2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
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The 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was an endurance race for V8 Supercars, held on 7 October 2007 at the Mount Panorama Circuit near Bathurst in New South Wales, Australia. It was the tenth round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The race was the eleventh running of the Australian 1000, first held in 1997 following an organisational split that occurred with the Bathurst 1000 in that year. It was the 51st race in the combined history of the Bathurst 1000 and the Australian 1000.

Race details
Round 10 of 14 in the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the Mount Panorama at Bathurst, New South Wales.
Date 4 - 7 October 2007
Location Bathurst, New South Wales
Course Mount Panorama
6.213 km
Distance 161 laps, 1000 km
Weather Sunny (most of race) Light Drizzle (towards end)
Pole
Driver Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing
Time 2:07.0908
Race 1
First Craig Lowndes
Jamie Whincup
6:29:10.1985 Team Vodafone
Second James Courtney
David Besnard
6:29:10.8223 Stone Brothers Racing
Third Steven Johnson
Will Davison
6:29:11.0145 Jim Beam Racing

Practice[edit]

Free practice was held over three sessions on Thursday, 4 October and Friday, 5 October 2007.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was held in two stages on Friday, 5 October 2007. The opening part of the session decided grid positions 21 to 31, with the twenty fastest cars progressing to the second leg of qualifying which decided grid positions 11 to 20. The fastest ten cars progress through to the traditional Top Ten Shootout, held the following day to decide grid positions 1 to 10. During the first leg of qualifying, Damien White crashed the Team BOC #14 Falcon, sustaining a concussion and sufficient damage to the car to put White and co-driver Christian Murchison out of the race.

After qualifying three cars, the #22 Holden Racing Team Commodore of Glenn Seton and Nathan Pretty, the #20 Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore of Paul Dumbrell and Paul Weel and the #55 Autobarn Racing Commodore of Steve Owen and Tony D'Alberto were excluded from qualifying after changing engines twice when under the regulations only one engine change is allowed without penalty. Additionally, Alex Davison missed a direction to have his car weighed on the scales at the end of the second leg qualifying which saw the Dick Johnson Racing Falcon excluded from the second leg of qualifying, relegating them to 20th grid position, which later became 19th after the exclusion of the Seton/Pretty Commodore.

Top 10 Shootout[edit]

The Top Ten Shootout was held on Saturday, 6 October 2007. Paul Radisich set the first time as the tenth qualifier at 2:08.4909. Lee Holdsworth undercut that time by three tenths of a second with third car Steven Johnson improving the benchmark to 2:08.0782. Greg Murphy, Russell Ingall, James Courtney and Craig Lowndes all failed to improve on Johnson's time, with Ingall spinning off track at Murray's Corner. Garth Tander took almost eight tenths off Johnson with Mark Skaife nudging a further tenth. Last car out, Mark Winterbottom drove a smooth clean lap and took pole position over Skaife by 0.1067 seconds.

Race[edit]

The race was held on Sunday, 7 October 2007.

The race had not even started before it had its first retirement. Cameron McConville's car had an engine failure heading up Mountain Straight and he retired at Griffins Bend. The race was started at 10:30am and after the field had passed McConville's car, the race director deemed the car was in an unsafe position and the safety car was deployed. The race resumed on Lap 4 and was without incident until Lap 52 when Andrew Jones's car caught fire at Forrests Elbow. He was able to drive the car safely to the gravel trap in The Chase and then marshals were able to extinguish the fire. The drivers resumed racing on Lap 53. Another safety car period did not occur until lap 91 when Marcus Marshall crashed the second Jack Daniel's Racing car. On Lap 102, Jack Perkins's car caught fire inside the car in the other Jack Daniel's Racing car. Perkins was able to drive the car into the pit lane and the fire was extinguished by the Britek Motorsport crew. On Lap 118, Dean Canto slid wide and crashed at Reid Park causing another safety car period.

Earlier the #1 Toll HSV Dealer Team car was retired with persistent brake fluid problems. At the time, this would have serious implications on the championship standings. Three laps later, the sister Toll HSV Dealer Team car retired with the same problem as the #1 car. Lap 134 saw the retirement of the #26 IRWIN Racing Britek Motorsport, Alan Gurr was at the wheel, crashed upon the restart. A lap later, Mark Noske retired with problems.

On 142, rain started to fall at different parts of the circuit, including Skyline, The Cutting and parts of Conrod Straight. Paul Morris spun the #67 Team Sirromet Wines into the wall at The Cutting, causing the safety car to be deployed. On Lap 148, rain was falling lightly on top of the mountain and five cars all fell victim to the wet conditions. Mark Winterbottom, Jason Bright, Russell Ingall, Mark Skaife and Shane Van Gisbergen all crashed just before McPhillamy Park Corner, Van Gisbergen hitting the rear of Ingall's slowing car, causing the Team Kiwi Racing Falcon to pit. Ingall made it back to the pits, but Skaife and Bright ended up in the gravel trap. Mark Winterbottom had to pit due to a damaged wheel, which cost him fifth position. Just after the restart, Shane Van Gisbergen spun at Murray's Corner. With only two laps remaining Race Control decided against deploying the safety car; instead telling crews to warn drivers.

In the final laps, Craig Lowndes, Steven Johnson, Greg Murphy and James Courtney were fighting for the win. Johnson passed Lowndes and held the lead. Courtney passed Murphy for third and Simonsen (5th) attempted an outside pass up Mountain Straight, but did not pull it off. One lap later, Lowndes passed Johnson at Hell Corner, pushing them both slightly wide, allowing Courtney to get past Johnson for second. They stayed that way right up until the chequered flag. Lowndes had won his third Bathurst 1000, Whincup had won his second and Ford had won their second consecutive win. Greg Murphy was the best placed Holden, coming in fourth, after being passed by Courtney on Lap 148.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Car Team Part 2 Part 1
1 6 Australia Mark Winterbottom
New Zealand Steven Richards
Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 2:07.1481
2 2 Australia Mark Skaife
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 2:07.4512
3 1 Australia Garth Tander
Australia Rick Kelly
Holden VE Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team 2:07.3856
4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Jamie Whincup
Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone 2:07.6214
5 4 Australia James Courtney
Australia David Besnard
Ford BF Falcon Jeld-Wen Racing 2:07.9036
6 9 Australia Russell Ingall
Australia Luke Youlden
Ford BF Falcon Caltex Havoline Racing 2:07.9066
7 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy
New Zealand Jason Richards
Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 2:08.0331
8 17 Australia Steven Johnson
Australia Will Davison
Ford BF Falcon Jim Beam Racing 2:08.0881
9 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Australia Dean Canto
Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:08.2545
10 16 New Zealand Paul Radisich
New Zealand Craig Baird
Holden VE Commodore Toll HSV Dealer Team 2:08.3500
11 34 Australia Greg Ritter
Australia Cameron McLean
Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:08.4006
12 25 Australia Jason Bright
Australia Adam Macrow
Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 2:08.6625
13 12 Australia Andrew Jones
New Zealand Simon Wills
Ford BF Falcon Team BOC 2:08.9001
14 88 United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone 2:08.9718
15 11 Australia Marcus Marshall
New Zealand Kayne Scott
Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 2:08.9984
16 50 Australia Cameron McConville
Australia David Reynolds
Holden VE Commodore Supercheap Auto Racing 2:09.0878
17 3 Australia Mark Noske
Australia Jay Verdnik
Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 2:11.2633
18 18 Australia Alex Davison
Australia Andrew Thompson
Ford BF Falcon Jim Beam Racing Excluded
19 8 Australia Jason Bargwanna
Brazil Max Wilson
Ford BF Falcon WPS Racing 2:09.5378
20 26 Australia Warren Luff
Australia Alan Gurr
Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 2:09.7122
21 5 Australia Owen Kelly
New Zealand Matt Halliday
Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 2:09.8141
22 111 Australia John Bowe
Australia Jonathon Webb
Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 2:09.8464
23 7 Australia Shane Price
Australia Jack Perkins
Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 2:10.0196
24 67 Australia Paul Morris
Australia Steve Ellery
Holden VE Commodore Team Sirromet Wines 2:10.0945
25 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
New Zealand Chris Pither
Holden VZ Commodore Team Sirromet Wines 2:10.3498
26 021 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen
New Zealand John McIntyre
Ford BF Falcon Team Kiwi Racing 2:10.4038
27 14 Australia Damien White
Singapore Christian Murchison
Ford BF Falcon Team BOC 2:11.2080
28 10 Australia Michael Caruso
Australia Grant Denyer
Ford BF Falcon WPS Racing 2:11.5360
29 22 Australia Glenn Seton
Australia Nathan Pretty
Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team Excluded Excluded
30 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell
Australia Paul Weel
Holden VE Commodore Supercheap Auto Racing Excluded Excluded
31 55 Australia Steve Owen
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Holden VZ Commodore Autobarn Racing Excluded

Top ten shootout[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Time
Pole 6 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 2:07.0908
2 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 2:07.1961
3 1 Australia Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team 2:07.2871
4 17 Australia Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 2:08.0782
5 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:08.1812
6 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 2:08.2449
7 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 2:08.3672
8 4 Australia James Courtney Jeld-Wen Racing 2:08.3911
9 16 New Zealand Paul Radisich Toll HSV Dealer Team 2:08.4909
10 9 Australia Russell Ingall Caltex Havoline Racing 2:19.5966

Race results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes
Australia Jamie Whincup
Team Vodafone 161 6:29:10.1985 6th 72
2 4 Australia James Courtney
Australia David Besnard
Jeld-Wen Motorsport 161 6:29:10.8223 8th 60
3 17 Australia Steven Johnson
Australia Will Davison
Jim Beam Racing 161 6:29:11.0145 4th 51
4 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy
New Zealand Jason Richards
Tasman Motorsport 161 6:29:11.3697 7th 45
5 88 United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Team Vodafone 161 6:29:18.5113 15th 39
6 55 Australia Steve Owen
Australia Tony D'Alberto
Autobarn Racing 161 6:29:19.5279 12th 36
7 8 Australia Jason Bargwanna
Brazil Max Wilson
WPS Racing 161 6:29:22.0323 20th 33
8 18 Australia Alex Davison
Australia Andrew Thompson
Jim Beam Racing 161 6:29:24.8447 19th 30
9 34 Australia Greg Ritter
Australia Cameron McLean
Garry Rogers Motorsport 161 6:29:28.0785 11th 27
10 6 Australia Mark Winterbottom
New Zealand Steven Richards
Ford Performance Racing 161 6:29:28.5564 1st 24
11 22 Australia Glenn Seton
Australia Nathan Pretty
Holden Racing Team 161 6:29:38.5373 30th 18
12 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell
Australia Paul Weel
Supercheap Auto Racing 161 6:29:41.9875 12th 15
13 5 Australia Owen Kelly
New Zealand Matt Halliday
Ford Performance Racing 161 6:30:25.3606 22nd 12
14 111 Australia Jonathon Webb
Australia John Bowe
Paul Cruickshank Racing 160 6:30:05.3069 23rd 9
15 10 Australia Michael Caruso
Australia Grant Denyer
WPS Racing 159 6:30:02.3733 29th 6
16 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
New Zealand Chris Pither
Team Sirromet Wines 159 6:30:52.0009 26th
DNF 9 Australia Russell Ingall
Australia Luke Youlden
Caltex Havoline Racing 149 5:56:11.7892 (retired - accident) 10th
DNF 25 Australia Jason Bright
Australia Adam Macrow
Britek Motorsport 149 5:52:11.8935 (retired - accident) 13th
DNF 2 Australia Mark Skaife
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden Racing Team 149 5:52:14.2582 (retired - accident) 2nd
DNF 021 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen
New Zealand John McIntyre
Team Kiwi Racing 148 6:20:11.0470 (retired - accident) 27th
DNF 67 Australia Paul Morris
Australia Steve Ellery
Team Sirromet Wines 145 5:47:41.8790 (retired - accident) 25th
DNF 3 Australia Mark Noske
Australia Jay Verdnik
Tasman Motorsport 138 5:30:34.3369 (retired - accident) 18th
DNF 16 New Zealand Paul Radisich
New Zealand Craig Baird
Toll HSV Dealer Team 137 5:29:06.7170 (retired - brakes) 9th
DNF 1 Australia Garth Tander
Australia Rick Kelly
Toll HSV Dealer Team 134 5:23:22.6199 (retired - brakes) 3rd
DNF 26 Australia Warren Luff
Australia Alan Gurr
Britek Motorsport 134 6:00:11.8774 (retired - accident) 21st
DNF 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth
Australia Dean Canto
Garry Rogers Motorsport 118 4:35:18.1862 (retired - accident) 5th
DNF 7 Australia Shane Price
Australia Jack Perkins
Jack Daniel's Racing 102 4:00:30.7537 (retired - fire) 24th
DNF 11 Australia Marcus Marshall
New Zealand Kayne Scott
Jack Daniel's Racing 91 3:33:36.8580 (retired - accident) 16th
DNF 12 Australia Andrew Jones
New Zealand Simon Wills
Team BOC 52 1:59:21.8522 (retired - fire) 14th
DNF [1] 50 Australia Cameron McConville
Australia David Reynolds
Supercheap Auto Racing 0 (engine failure on warm-up lap) 17th
DNS [2] 14 Australia Damien White
Singapore Christian Murchison
Team BOC 0 DNS (accident in qualifying) 28th

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #6 Mark Winterbottom - 2:07.0908
  • Fastest Lap - #888 Jamie Whincup - 2:08.4651 (new lap record)
  • Average Race Speed - 154 km/h [1]
  • 7 Safety Car periods for a total of 13 Laps [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2007 Race Results Archive at www.natsoft.com.au Retrieved on 28 November 2011
  2. ^ BATHURST 2007: The results from first to last at www.drive.com.au Retrieved on 28 November 2011

External links[edit]

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