It’s that one day of the year when I can get away with spending the whole day in-front of the TV. Today is the annual 1000km race at Australia’s premier motor race track – Bathurst. Apart from one year when I was overseas, I’ve been doing this every year since I was a kid (I’m talking late 1970’s). Whether it’s on my own, with the kids or a group of mates, I just love spending the day watching the great race.
This year year the track has been resurfaced, which has resulted in some record-breaking times and may have contributed to some of the big crashes we’ve seen already in practice and qualifying. The race it’s self kicks off at 10.30am this morning, and promises to be a ripper. I’m barracking for Craig Lowndes in the 888 car, while my 11 year old son Brad is going for his Red Bull team-mate Jamie Whincup in the number 1 car. It could get pretty loud in our lounge room if they get close to a podium finish this afternoon, but Whincup has a job ahead of him starting from the back of the grid following a crash in qualifying. Lowndes starts from P6.
I’m disappointed Channel 7 isn’t broadcasting the race on their High Definition channel (7Mate), we are stuck with Standard Definition on their main channel. There’s a new TV deal next year, with coverage going to Channel Ten (free-to-air) and Foxtel (pay-tv), so hopefully we’ll get HD on the Foxtel Speed channel in 2015.
Anyway, bring on the 2014 race in just under an hour. I’ll be glued to the TV and the v8supercars.com.au website all day – after all, it’s the only day of the year I can.
UPDATE: writing this, I remembered a blog post I wrote in 2008, when I was just getting into blogging. See that post here – simonsaysblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/bathurst-1000-2008/