How To Watch The Bathurst 1000 Live And Free In Australia

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It's been nigh on 60 years since the first 'Great Race' in Bathurst's Mount Panorama. On October 4, a new generation of drivers will test their mettle on the one of Australia's toughest Supercar circuits: the Bathurst 1000. Here's how to watch the race live, free and online in Australia.

Where Is The Bathurst 1000?

The Bathurst 1000 is held in Bathurst, New South Wales on the Mount Panorama Circuit.

When Is The Bathurst 1000?

The 161 lap race that is the marquee event of the weekend occurs on Sunday, October 8 at 11:10am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). The race will conclude at approximately 6pm on the same day.

Here’s the times in all Australian capital cities:

  • Perth, WA: 8:10am
  • Darwin, NT: 9:40am
  • Brisbane, QLD: 10:10am
  • Adelaide, SA: 10:40am
  • Sydney, NSW: 11:10am
  • Canberra, ACT: 11:10am
  • Melbourne, VIC: 11:10am
  • Hobart, TAS: 11:10am

If you're keen to watch the preceding Supercar races - of which there are more than 30 - the action starts on Thursday, October 4. Qualifying races take place at 4:15pm AEST.

On Saturday, October 6, there is a practice session at 10am AEST before the Top Ten Shootout, which takes place at 5:10pm AEST. (You can check out the full schedule below.)

How To Watch The Bathurst 1000 On TV

If you’re in Australia, you’ve got a couple of options – the most obvious would be to catch it on free to air TV, with Channel Ten broadcasting all the action from Friday to Sunday. Unfortunately, if you were looking to stream it online, via the tenplay app, this will not be possible for any of the Bathurst coverage.

Fox Sports channel 506, on Foxtel, will be covering all the days events from October 4 to October 7, starting as early as 7:15am AEDT each day.

How To Stream The Bathurst 1000 In Australia

If you’re without a TV and want to stream the race, your next best bet is to use Foxtel Now.

If you haven’t signed up for Foxtel Now, you can activate a two week trial for free. To get access to the Bathurst 1000, you will need to purchase the $29 sports package on top of a base $15 plan - if you're planning to cancel after the trial, just select everything.

How To Watch The Bathurst 1000 Overseas

New Zealanders can use the Sky Go platform to stream the race, but you will need to sign up for Sky and download the Sky Go app or go to the live desktop site.

If you live outside of Australia and New Zealand, you may need to invest in Superview, which is the streaming subscription offered by the Supercar championship. This gives you livestreaming access to every race of the Supercar season, not just Bathurst, but it will set you back approximately $39.95AUD.

Alternatively, shop around for a VPN provider with access to Australian servers and then sign up to the aforementioned Foxtel Now free trial. Here are some recommended VPNs to consider.

You can also sign up for Motor Trend On Demand, a live streaming and on demand content service specifically for automotive events. Currently, they offer a 14 day free trial period just like with Foxtel Now. (If you're in Australia, you can still use this service, but you will have to access it through a VPN.)

Bathurst 1000 on Reddit

It’s always a good idea to keep one eye firmly planted on the Reddit group for the V8 Supercars. In addition to having fun discussions with like-minded auto fans via IRC, the group will direct you to broadcast feeds of race control and potentially other streams that become available on free streaming sites.

A second Reddit community, r/motorsportsstreams, provides links to motor sports events around the world, including Bathurst. (To use the streams provided here, you will need VLC Media Player.)

To load the stream link into VLC, open VLC, click on 'Media' in the toolbar, then 'Open Network Stream' and paste the link in the dialog box. Be wary, these streams may buffer frequently, depending on their origin.

Bathurst 1000 Race Schedule

Here's the full schedule for the die-hard rev heads out there:

THURSDAY OCTOBER 04

Start / End

Series

Session

Duration

07:15 - 07:35

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Practice 1

20 mins

07:45 - 08:05

Touring Car Masters

Practice

20 mins

08:15 - 08:35

ECB SuperUtes Series

Practice 1

20 mins

08:45 - 09:25

Dunlop Super2 Series

Practice 1

40 mins

09:35 - 10:35

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 1

60 mins

10:45 - 11:35

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Practice

50 mins

12:55 - 13:55

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 2 - Co-Drivers Only

60 mins

14:05 - 14:25

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Practice 2

20 mins

14:35 - 14:55

ECB SuperUtes Series

Practice 2

20 mins

15:05 - 16:05

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 3

60 mins

16:15 - 16:35

Touring Car Masters

Qualifying

20 mins

16:45 - 17:15

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Qualifying

30 mins

FRIDAY OCTOBER 05

Start / End

Series

Session

Duration

07:25 - 07:45

ECB SuperUtes Series

ARMOR ALL Qualifying

20 mins

07:55 - 08:15

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Qualifying

20 mins

08:30 - 09:30

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 4 - Co-Drivers Only

60 mins

10:20 - 11:00

Dunlop Super2 Series

Practice 2

40 mins

11:15 - 12:15

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 5

60 mins

13:35 - 13:55

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 1

6 laps

14:05 - 14:50

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Race 1

16 laps

15:05 - 15:35

Dunlop Super2 Series

ARMOR ALL Qualifying

30 mins

15:50 - 16:30

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

ARMOR ALL Qualifying - Race 25

40 mins

16:45 - 17:05

Touring Car Masters

Race 1

6 laps

SATURDAY OCTOBER 06

Start / End

Series

Session

Duration

07:55 - 08:10

Touring Car Masters

Trophy Race

4 laps

08:20 - 08:40

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 1

6 laps

08:55 - 09:15

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 2

6 laps

09:30 - 09:45

Dunlop Super2 Series

Warm Up

15 mins

10:00 - 11:00

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Practice 6

60 mins

11:10 - 11:30

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 2

6 laps

12:50 - 13:10

ECB SuperUtes Series

Race 3

6 laps

13:20 - 13:40

Touring Car Masters

Race 2

6 laps

13:50 - 14:15

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Race 2

9 laps

14:55 - 16:35

Dunlop Super2 Series

Race 1

41 laps

17:10 - 17:55

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout - Race 25

45 mins

SUNDAY OCTOBER 07

Start / End

Series

Session

Duration

07:30 - 07:50

Toyota 86 Racing Series

Race 3

6 laps

08:05 - 08:25

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Warm Up

20 mins

08:35 - 08:55

Touring Car Masters

Race 3

6 laps

09:05 - 09:20

On Track Entertainment

Kenworth Driver's Parade

15 mins

09:30 - 09:55

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia

Race 3

9 laps

10:05 - 10:20

On Track Entertainment

Heroes and Legends Parade

15 mins

11:10 - 18:00

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Race 25

161 laps


The results will be available on the official Supercars website.

Where Can I Get Tickets To The Bathurst 1000?

Ticketek is the official provider of tickets to the Bathurst 1000. If you are looking to go to the event and trek up the mountain, then you will need to click here to purchase.

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